Monday, September 9, 2013

Healthy Meatball Recipe - Gluten Free and Dairy Free

This meal is a family favorite!  We make it about once a week.  I serve it with organic brown rice noodles (Jovial has the best) and tomato sauce (recipe coming soon).  This recipe is a great way to get more vegetables into your family's diet.  These meatballs are full of carrots, celery, lean meat and other yummy and healthy ingredients.  They are also gluten and dairy free.  I hope your family likes these meatballs as much as mine does.  Enjoy!

Ends of a Gluten Free Bread Loaf
2 Stalks of Organic Celery
2 Organic Carrots
½ Onion
½ Organic Bell Pepper (red, yellow or orange)
3-4 Cloves of Garlic (depending on size…I find 3 large ones to be perfect)
A handful of fresh herbs (basil, rosemary, mint, whatever we have in our garden or fridge)
7–10 Dashes of dried Italian Seasoning
3-5 Dashes dried oregano
7 Dashes Turmeric (For more information on the benefits of turmeric click HERE)
Salt and Pepper
2 eggs or for added Omega 3's use a flax egg instead (directions below along with more information on Omega 3's)
1 lb ground meat of choice (Turkey, Buffalo, 100% Grass-fed Lean Beef, Chicken)

In a food processor combine the first 11 ingredients (everything except the eggs the meat).  Process on high until finely ground.  Pour into a glass mixing bowl and use your hands to combine with the eggs and meat.  Form into balls and bake at 350 until cooked through (time depends on meat used).

Flax Egg: The following are directions for how to make one flax egg so you will want to double these directions for this recipe (since the recipe calls for 2 eggs).
1 Tbls Ground Flax Seeds
3 Tbls Purified Water
Mix the 2 ingredients in a small bowl and let sit for a few minutes until the mixture reaches an egg like consistency.
For more information on Omega 3's click HERE.

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© Courtney Hillis
THRIVE: Natural Family Living

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