At the end of last year, I felt like E and I were in a dinner rut big time. There were about 10 dishes that were healthy and we both really liked. Since we try to eat at home 5 nights a week, those 10 dishes were getting old pretty fast. I decided that I would really dedicate a little time each week to rounding up some new recipes for us to try. Even if it's just one a week, that is one more recipe we can add into the rotation. This week, I went a little crazy and found 3 new recipes. I know, I'm loosing it right? Hahaha! On Monday night, we tried out a gluten free and paleo friendly Almond Crusted Chicken Tender recipe that we both loved. When something is healthy and E approved, you know it's a winner.
Hoping to keep the good cooking streak rolling, I decided to try my hand at gluten free meatballs. I searched through a couple of different recipes and then ended up coming up with my own version. Somehow, I have never ever made meatballs before so I was a little bit nervous about how they would turn out. I'm not sure why I thought they were so hard to make. These were a piece of cake and soooooo good! E quickly gave his stamp of approval after the first bite. Score 1 for Lauren!
I'm glad they were delicious, since I went a little crazy on the recipe and made way too much for just the two of us. I'm not sure what I was thinking, but this recipe definitely makes enough for 4-5 people. Guess what is on the menu for my lunch today..... yep, meatballs! :)
I whipped up some pasta for E and served my meatballs along side some homemade zuchinni noodles. I got a spiralizer for Christmas from my wonderful sister, Emily, and was excited to give it a try. It was a breeze to use and the noodles turned out perfectly. Turned out all of my worrying was for nothing (as usual E would say). The meatballs and noodles turned out better than expected, and I have yummy leftovers to enjoy for lunch!
- 1.5 lbs lean ground beef (I used 90/10)
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 2 eggs
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp pepper (more if you like them a little spicy)
- 1/2 tsp salt
I'm off to teach a Pilates mat class at the studio. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day. Let me know if you give the recipe a try!
Have you ever made homemade meatballs? Any favorite recipes to share?
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