I usually keep some type of ground meat in the freezer – bison, beef, or turkey.
When I don’t know what to make for dinner, my usual go-to is fully loaded burgers with onion, pickles, and a side of smokey slaw.
This week I made meatballs instead.
Meatballs often get a bad rap.
And, I get it…
It’s a ball (or a few balls) of meat that is usually placed atop of a giant mountain of pasta.
But, meatballs can be totally delish and hit the spot, especially if they are made well, and you keep the pasta to about one cup.
My meatball venture got a thumbs up approval from both my husband and nephew, so I’m sharing the recipe with you, too.
I used turkey in this recipe, but you can use any ground meat (beef, bison, chicken, turkey).
Enjoy the comfort food!
- 1 pound of ground meat
- 2 pieces of sourdough bread (or other bread), crust removed
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- ⅓ cup parmigiana, grated
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- Olive oil
- 28 oz canned diced tomatoes, or tomato sauce
- ¼ tsp. hot red pepper flakes
- Put meat into a large mixing bowl.
- Put bread into a food processor and pulse until the it is broken into small crumbs.
- Add the bread crumbs, water, egg, oregano, 1 tsp. of salt, black pepper, cheese and garlic into the bowl with the meat and mix.
- Take 2-3 tbsp. of meat mixture and form into balls.
- Heat a pan with olive oil on medium/high heat and fry the balls until they are lightly browned on each side.
- Remove the balls from the oil and put them into a sauce pot with the tomatoes, remaining 1 tsp. of salt and hot red pepper flakes.
- Cover and cook on medium heat for 20-30 minutes.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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