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Paleo Fresh Herb Meatballs

Updated on February 22, 2016

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The paleo diet is one of the more popular diets in existence. Essentially, the paleo diet is about eating in a manner that our ancestors would have done before bread, rice, and processed foods became to be. It is all about eating simply, gathering up the freshest ingredients possible and not eating anything out of a box.

The recipe below is for meatballs made for the paleo diet - i.e. there are no bread crumbs involved. Meatballs can be eaten plain or with a simple marinara sauce, as well. Of course, they are normally combined with pasta noodles, but I would suggest spaghetti squash or steamed vegetables cut in a julienne manner.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, and please share it around.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 cup spinach, minced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand, or use a food processor to make the mixing process easier.
  3. Grease a baking sheet lightly with butter. Make small balls in your hands from the mixture and place on the baking sheet.
  4. Place the sheet in the pre-heated oven for 25 minutes or until well-cooked through.

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      James McCullough 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      My biggest problem is my daughter won't sit still to eat for long, even though she's hungry. It doesn't help that she's watched other kids running around being hand-fed by their parents. Incredibly frustrating.

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      rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

      She will eat sweet potato "fries" and likes white fish. She does like spaghetti as well, but won't touch macaroni. Even the stuff she DOES like she only eat 2-3 bites of unless it's fruit, at which point she could sit down and eat a quart of berries in a sitting if allowed. I'm not terribly worried, it just gets a mite frustrating at times!

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      James McCullough 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      I haven't been too concerned with making sure my 2.5 year old daughter is paleo, but I do try to limit her intake of pasta and, of course, sugar. She won't eat bread, because I don't have it in my house, but she loves spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. I find a lot of parents struggle to get anything into their kids at this age, so I'm just happy she's eating. I tend to sneak other items into her food to help her get accustomed to it. Have you tried sweet potato? Salmon? Those are some of my daughter's favourites.

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      rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

      Great recipe :-) We are slowly transitioning to a more Paleo-like diet. Whole foods, less grains, grass-fed meats, more lacto-fermented foods etc. Our 6 month old is completely Paleo, our issue has been transitioning our 3.5 year old. She dislikes most meat and vegetables and if allowed would eat nothing but fruit. She does, however, like meatballs, so hopefully this will be a winner with her!

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      James McCullough 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Thanks! You really must explore it more. I've lost over 50 pounds of fat in a year from it. Must reads: Primal Blueprint and The Paleo Solution.

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      Wow! I had never heard of this diet!!! It sounds like a delicious endeavor! I might just try it! Voted up. Really helpful article!