Paleo Perfected Meatballs
Meatballs can be a busy modern caveman’s best friend. You can cook them in bulk, they’re easy to prepare, they can be used in a variety of meals, almost everyone loves them, and they’re high in protein- which makes them both healthy and satisfying.
My meatball recipe has some added bonuses: they reheat well and contain the health superfood, coconut oil.
Coconut oil may sound like an unusual ingredient, but it serves several purposes:
— It helps hold the meatballs together. Because coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, when you add it to your cold meat mixture, it congeals and binds everything together. This is important because Paleo meatballs don’t use bread crumbs, which normally help hold the meatballs together.
— It helps them to brown. A lot of people fry their meatballs. If you’re in a rush, though, (and want to avoid the mess) you can add them directly to the oven. By rolling them in a bit of coconut oil, you’re able to get a browned effect similar to that created by frying. This saves you time, calories, and stove top mess.
— It allows the meatballs reheat better.
— It adds a ton of health benefits, thanks to the healthy MCTs found in coconut oil.
Additional Tip: If you’re short on time, you can buy your basil and parsley already chopped. Gourmet Garden makes stir in pastes that are a quick alternative. 1 tbsp of paste is equivalent to 1 tbsp fresh (although I find that the paste has a stronger taste).
- Prep Time15 min
- Cook Time35 min
- Total Time50 min
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 1 lb ground pork
- coconut oil, melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 3/4 large onion (chopped)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Olive oil
Herbs and Seasoning
- 4 tbsp chopped parsley
- 3 tbsp chopped basil
- 1 tsp minced or chopped garlic
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Saute the chopped onion in olive oil until translucent. Add 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 3 tbsp chopped basil, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 1/2 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp oregano. Saute another couple of minutes until soft and aromatic. Allow to cool.
Whisk 2 eggs in a large bowl.
Add 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 2 tsp lemon juice, and the onion mixture to the eggs. Mix.
Next add in the ground pork, turkey, and 2 tbsp almond flour. Mix.
Make sure all of the ingredients are thoroughly blended together. Then, form the meat mixture into spheres about the size of golf balls.
Roll the meatballs in a little bit of melted coconut oil. Optional: Brown the outside of your meatballs in a frying pan. Then place them on a nonstick baking sheet. Or: Skip the frying and place them directly on a nonstick baking sheet.
Bake until the internal temperature of the meatballs is 165 degrees. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your meatballs (generally 30-35 mins). Enjoy!