My youngest has food allergies to milk, eggs and soy so I have been using a lot of paleo and vegan recipes in my search to find good tasting food for him. This recipe came from a friend of mine who posts a lot of paleo recipes for Windy City Crossfit. Here is the original post.
As she points out it is not a true paleo recipe because it has bread crumbs (her version also has cheese). Being less concerned about paleo and more concerned about allergies, I have modified it for my son and he loves them.
I don’t bother with a homemade sauce, I use Rao’s marinara sauce because its easy and delicious and if Eddie and I are having it for dinner then I’ll bake some spaghetti squash to use as the noodles. My kids haven’t developed a taste for spaghetti squash yet (odd, since it doesn’t taste like much), but I keep trying.
- 1/2 a lb of ground beef
- 1/4 a lb of ground veal
- 1/4 a lb of ground pork
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped and sauteed in a little olive oil prior to adding
- 1 egg, beaten (I substitute with Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxseed meal because of our egg allergy. It acts as a great binder.)
- 1/2 tablespoon of kosher salt
- 1/4 tablespoon of pepper
- 2 big tablespoons of seasoned bread crumbs (for paleo you could use almond flour instead)
Combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl and mix by hand. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
Heat 1/2 a cup of olive oil in a large saute pan on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, fry meatballs in batches until golden brown on all sides, but not cooked thru completely, remove to a plate lined with paper towel, then add the meatballs to the sauce to finish.
Simmer the sauce for an additional 15 minutes once the meatballs are added.
Serve and Enjoy!
Timesaver tip #1: The meatballs taste just as good baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. They also don’t have to have sauce, they taste great on their own.
Timesaver tip #2: These freeze well and can be heated up prior to serving. Just make sure you cook them all the way through before you freeze them.
Try them and let me know what you think! If you have ideas on how to modify them further, I’d love some new ideas too!