Since the first of the year, I’ve been
wanting needing dinners that are hearty and filling, provide enough for lunch leftovers, and are Whole 30 approved. These meatballs were just the answer!
I have a Meatball Recipe that I love, but it includes bread crumbs, ketchup, and parmesan cheese, all of which are a no-no on Whole 30. I love that it is so easy to adapt recipes that we still love and are W30 compliant.
I simply switched out the bread crumbs with a little coconut flour and skipped the parmesan and ketchup all together. If I didn’t tell, know one would have known.
After cooking the meatballs, I simmered them in Trader Joe’s W30 approved marinara sauce. They turned out slightly spicy, tender, and delicious! I served them over Baked Spaghetti Squash and a simple salad with this Homemade Balsamic Dijon Dressing. We had two of our nieces for dinner this particular night, and they loved it, and even took home the leftover meatballs for lunch the next day.
**Disclaimer, if you’re following any of my recipes that I note as Whole 30 compliant, please check your ingredient labels first as they can vary.
- 1½ lbs. ground meat (I used ½# hamburger, ½# pound turkey, ½# pork, which I had left from a previous recipe).
- 1 egg
- ½ medium yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¾ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
- 3 TBSP olive oil (for cooking onions & meatballs)
- In med skillet over med heat, add 1 TBSP olive oil. Add chopped onions and cook until just tender. Add in garlic. Remove from heat.
- Place ground meat in large mixing bowl. Add egg, coconut flour, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, & parsley. With spoon or using clean hands, gently mix together.
- Add onion & garlic to meat mixture and mix to combine.
- Using your hands, shape into small balls (approx 1½" in size).
- In a large skillet over med/high heat, add 2 TBSP olive oil. Cook meatballs in batches until browned on all sides, remove from pan and place on paper towel to drain off excess fat.
- Once all meatballs have been browned, place onto baking sheet and place in preheated 350* oven for about 5-8 minutes to finish cooking.