I love a good meatball. I grew up in an Italian family, my dad was always cooking up ziti, spaghetti and lasagna. When I found out I could no longer eat gluten or dairy my first thought was "how am I going to enjoy Italian food?" But since getting in the kitchen and whipping up recipes, the niche I've found is taking comfort foods and making them healthy and nutritious. So much of what we ate as kids was empty calories and artificial ingredients. These meatballs are purely high quality meat, organic veggies and gluten-free oats. Serve hot with your favorite gluten-free italian dish or by themselves with a side salad like I do for lunch.
1 Lb. Grass-fed beef or lean ground turkey (I always use turkey for these)
1 large organic sweet white onion
1 large organic green bell pepper
1 large organic red bell pepper
1/2 cup gluten free oats (though I tolerate gf oats, omit for paleo, grain-free & whole 30)
1 TBSP fresh garlic
1 TBSP chopped basil
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray all twelve cups in a muffin pan with olive oil spray. Set aside. In your Ninja or Vitamix blender add in all ingredients, adding the meat first. Blend until vegetables are chopped and the mixture is well mixed. Spoon out meatball mixture and form medium-large size meatballs and place in greased muffin tin by hand (they should almost fit the muffin cup entirely). Bake for 35 minutes or until cooked throughout. Serve hot and enjoy!
What you will need:
1 Head Of Cauliflower
1 - 2 TBSP of the fat of your choosing (coconut oil, butter substitute, raw butter, olive oil)
Sea Salt to taste
Additional Herbs (Turmeric for an Indian flavor, Basil for a hint of Thai, Black Pepper for added spice)
Heat oil/butter over medium/medium high heat in a frying pan until hot. Cut cauliflower into florets, and then cut florets in half. Place in food processor and chop until fine. (You will see it resembles rice) Scoop from processor into hot pan and fry it up with chosen seasonings for approximately 10-15 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved. Do not let it cook too long or it may become to soft. I kept mine a little crunchy, so it was heartier.
Serve hot and enjoy!
I love these scrumptious little buggers. They are tasty and filling and pair so well with breakfast, lunch or dinner items. They do take some time to prepare, but they are worth it. They also freeze fantastically well to be reheated for a snack or a meal later.
5-6 medium zucchini
Tapioca Starch (make sure you have a good amount on hand, I don't measure, I just make up a bowl of it to toss the cakes' in before I cook them.)
Sea Salt to taste
Garlic Powder to taste
On medium heat, warm olive oil in a frying pan until lightly sizzling. Grate the zucchini finely into a bowl, I got fancy and upgraded myself to a food processor since these photos which is WAY EASIER and SAFER on the hands!! Press as much of the liquid out as possible. Prep a large, shallow bowl with Tapioca starch to toss the zucchini in, mix in sea salt and garlic to the starch. Once the moisture has been drained from the zucchini, form patties and toss in the powdered mixture, making sure to coat all sides of the patty. Cook in olive oil, turning once the bottom is crispy and golden brown.
*caution: the oil will spatter, so we use a frying pan shield when we cook them :) Enjoy warm with a sprinkling of sea salt!
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All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.