Who doesn’t like a meatball? They are so versatile and filling. They can be ooey gooey with cheese or lean and healthy with veggies. They are good when it is hot, but even better when it is cold out. Yesterday seemed like the perfect day to whip up some meatballs. I based my recipe off of one at Easy Peasy, but as always I made it my own 🙂
* 1lb ground meat
* 1-2 cloves of garlic
* frozen spinach
* spices – I went for salt, cajun, cayenne, and Italian seasoning
* 1 egg (I used a flax egg because I was out of the real deal)
* almond flour – super small amount
First things first…defrost the ground meat and spinach. Sure, in a prefect world I would have planned that I was going to make these for lunch and would have put them in the fridge the night before, but that is not how I operate 🙂 While these are defrosting (meat in the microwave and spinach on the counter) make up your flax egg. Now I totally get it if you are looking at the screen like I have 3 heads, but flax eggs are awesome! I hate using real eggs in my cooking unless absolutely necessary so I typically make flax eggs. AND they are pretty darn healthy. Anyway…mix 1 TBSP flax meal with 3 TBSP water until well blended and set aside.
While waiting for the spinach and meat to defrost and for the “egg” to rest chop up some veggies. Almost everything I cook has garlic and onion in it…roughly chopped. I love the flavors! I wish I would of had some red pepper to throw in their too…maybe next time.
I could live on garlic and onion…
When the meat and spinach are done defrosting I add them to the “egg” and I add the garlic and onion…actually…I add everything to the bowl. Except the almond flour! I know that a lot of recipes are add this and this and then in a separate bowl add this and this then mix the two together…not me! The less bowls I have to wash the happier I am!
spice it up!!
Everything in a bowl
Now comes the fun or gross part depending on who you ask…get your hands in their and MIX! As you are mixing sprinkle a little almond flour on the meat. This is taking the place of bread crumbs or crackers to help hold it together. Keep mixing. Add a little more almond flour if needed…just don’t add too much or your meatballs will be dry 😦
Almond flour…isn’t it pretty?
Next line your cookie sheet with foil, why…so that the clean up is quick and easy, of course!
It is ALL about saving the clean up!
Now get rolling! Set your meatballs equal distances apart so that they cook even.
Raw meat never looked so good 😉
Put these babies in the oven for about 10 minutes. Then flip ’em and put them back in for another 10.
Don’t mind my drooling…
Now this is where you have to decide…are you just going to just serve as is (perfectly acceptable) or put them in a frying pan with some sauce (also acceptable). I went for the later.
The Italian in me LOVES this!
I just cook them until the sauce is heated up and then serve.
Plating is not my specialty…
**NOTE** I used store bought sauce (GASP) because it was easier. No it isn’t 100% Paleo, but it is one of the things I am choosing to overlook at the moment. Eventually I will learn how to make sauce like a good Italian girl.
At least I get the veggie kind!
Well that’s about all for these spicy meat-a-balls! Have an awesome day!