Saturday, February 9, 2013

Whole30 Meatballs

When you ask my son Judah what his favorite food is, he'll begin listing everything meat. (He'll actually list pizza first, but for the purposes of this post, I'm going to pretend he begins with meat.)
"Meatballs. Meatloaf. Beef." (I just asked him and that's honestly what he said.) He's like his father in that way.
So, ground meat formed into any shape is always a win at our house. However, I usually stuff it with things like breadcrumbs and cheese and a little bit more cheese and it. is. fabulous. Alas, cheese and breadcrumbs are now on the no-no list but the funny thing is ... the meatballs taste just as amazing without them. Surprises await me around every corner!
I served these with spaghetti squash and in anticipation that my kids wouldn't be too happy about it I also roasted some broccoli in the oven. My intuition was correct - their squash went cold and was met with tears. Oh well. I'm thankful for the broccoli back-up!

2 lbs ground meat (I used beef because it is what I had but any ground meat will do.)
2 whole eggs
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder (fresh garlic would be good too...I was feeling lazy)
1/2 ish cup broth (beef, chicken, bone...whatever you got!)
(adjust all the spices to your family's taste preference. I honestly just tossed them in there until I felt I had the amount that I would like.)
Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mash it all together until it's all combined. Then form it into balls. (Wow...I sound like a food genius, don't I?! "Form it into balls..." So technical.) You should have around 15 or so.
Heat a large pan over medium high heat. If you are using a lean meat, like chicken or turkey, or even lean ground beef, add a little coconut oil to the pan. Once the pan (and oil!) is hot, add the meatballs. Brown evenly on all sides. Don't worry about cooking them all the way through, just get that nice crusty brown on the outside. Once the meatballs are brown, add your stock to the pan. Turn the heat down to low, and let the broth simmer until it is absorbed into the meatballs. Your meatballs may be done cooking before this happens, and in that case, you've got (thin) gravy! Yummy!
Now eat them and if you can get away with it ... make your kids eat spaghetti squash. It really is yummy!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I find that my kids reject the spaghetti squash unless I cover it in sauce ;-) baked "spaghetti" is a huge hit in our house. Welcome to is awesome.