Turns out, you can have great things to eat and not use gluten or sugar. Low carb Keto Meatballs are proof!
Recently health has been at the forefront for Tim and I, it’s been a rough year. Especially for me! Way too long of a story for this post, but soon.
At the worst time of the year, we decided to change our eating habits. I don’t mean a little change either, I’m talking full-blown elimination.
No sugar, no gluten, nothing white…two weeks before Christmas!!! What were we thinking??? Turns out, it was the best decision we have made in a long time.
When you come to the end of your rope with not feeling good, its time for a change. I recently began seeing a chiropractor who specializes in Chinese medicine. First, on the agenda….clean up the way we were eating!
Those who follow us know I am a fan of the dessert. I am also a fan of bread, pasta, and rice. All gone these days. This is not to say that I don’t indulge on occasion, and it’s only been about 6 weeks. Still, I’m down about 12 pounds, and Tim is down almost 20 ( isn’t always the way ladies? guys can lose weight like crazy while we struggle to lose 5 pounds). We both feel better and have no intention of stopping now that we are on a roll.
Coming up with creative replacements for some of our favorite foods has been a challenge. Seriously how do you substitute breadcrumbs? Parmesan cheese, of course. Admittedly I did use the powdered canister kind. I usually would not use cheese processed like that, but the consistency to make meatballs is perfect.
With meatballs, I usually use a take off of meatloaf. Egg, breadcrumbs, ketchup, or some liquid equivalent. The eggs were beautiful but no breadcrumbs or ketchup.
Parmesan cheese and heavy cream worked perfectly. Add garlic, onion, and for Tim, a touch f red pepper flakes (these are totally optional) and parsley, and you have yourself the makings for some damn tasty meatballs.
Baking meatballs for me is the way to go. Less mess….I hate cleaning the stove, and no oil required to fry. If you do fry them, use a healthy fat like coconut or my favorite avocado oil.
Tip: use an ice cream scoop to portion out the meatballs. They are all the perfect even size. Ice cream scoops are so versatile in the kitchen…sigh!!
Once baked, add these meatballs to your favorite sauce. We also have just eaten them as a snack.
Whatever way you chose to enjoy Low carb Keto Meatballs, they will soon become your go-to recipe for meatballs.Print
1 pound grass-fed ground beef
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 large egg, beaten
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon finely minced onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes ( optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine
Using an ice cream scoop,e out the mixture to form 12 meatballs using hands to roll into balls. Placing meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake meatballs for 15-20 minutes.
Serve meatballs with your favorite sauce.
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