Easy paleo baked meatball recipe4
Need a quick healthy meal, or a lunch idea for the kids that’s full of good fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and most importantly, flavor? Well, look no further, because this easy paleo baked meatball recipe fits the bill. It’s free of flour, breadcrumbs or other filler and it’s egg-free. The secret is in a mix of quality ground meats (namely grass-fed beef and pastured pork), and some good quality liver, kidney or other organ meat. Now, if you can’t get your hands on grass-fed or pastured meats, don’t fret, you can still make these meatballs with whatever quality of ground meat that you can get, just try and prioritize your cuts of meat as best you can. Case in point, I made this particular batch of meatballs with a mixture of ground grass-fed beef, grass-fed beef kidney, and conventionally raised lean-ground pork. Since I buy a half a grass-fed beef for my family of three, it’s fairly economical when bought in bulk, but the price of pastured pork doesn’t fit into our food budget very well.
Organ meats like liver, kidney or heart, might not go over as well on their own, so meatballs combining both ground meat and organ meat make offal much more palatable. Now, if you’re hesitant about including organ meat, you can always skip them, and just do straight ground meat, but there are plenty of reasons to include some if you can. Firstly organ meat, like other meat is abundant in B-vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc and selenium. Heart is full of co-enzyme Q10, and liver is rich in vitamin A. My recommendation is to only add as much as you’re comfortable with – freeze the organ meat, and grate it into your mixture of ground meat. So while the recipe calls for about 1/3 cup of grated organ meat, you could certainly start with 1/4 cup or less just to get over the heebie-jeebie mental factor of eating offal.
Finally, the best part about meatballs is that they’re just screaming for a sauce or condiments. For my son’s lunches, he gets a small container of ketchup or honey mustard to dip them in. For grown-ups a little hot-sauce is always good, and condiments certainly help in masking any trace flavor of the organ meat.
- 1lb ground beef (grass-fed beef preferred)
- 1lb ground pork (pastured pork preferred)
- 1/3 cup frozen, grated organ meat - liver, kidney, heart, tongue etc.*
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix in all ingredients. *Note that the frozen, grated organ meat is optional – you can use less if desired, or omit.
- Roll into balls of about 1" in diameter.
- Place on a large non-stick baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!
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