Time for more comfort food. What this recipe really represents is a meatball bar at my stove. I bake the meatballs, simmer the tomato sauce, shred cheese, steam broccoli, cut up some raw veggies (like cucumbers, carrots, snap peas, and red peppers), and we have dinner.
It takes me about 30 minutes from start to finish. I don’t buy beef too often, but when I do, my family is happy, and the beef is grass-fed from a local provider.
The cheese in this picture is not really “Parmesan” cheese, however it could be. Choose whatever cheese you please, or not. What I do is place all the components out separately and we each put our own dish together. One of us doesn’t like tomato sauce, another doesn’t like cheese, and another likes it all. The order of layout on the plate, if you’re doing it all, is sauce, then meatballs, then cheese on top, and let the cheese melt (or help it melt in a microwave or warm oven).
- 1 pound of ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey)
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (and more for the sauce)
- 1 teaspoon of oregano (and more for the sauce)
- 1/3 cup of almond flour (optional)
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped onions (optional)
- 2 eggs
- tomato sauce
- cheese (shredded or in thin sheets)
Tip For the broccoli, I cut the heads into little, bite-size trees, steam them over the stove or in a microwave, drizzle some lemon juice over them, and eat! To steam them in a microwave, place the broccoli in a bowl with a few tablespoons of water, cover with a paper towel, and heat on high for about 1.5 minutes. And if you like cheese, add some shredded cheese to the lemon broccoli as well. For the onions, I pulse them in a food processor.
- Combine the ground meat, eggs, garlic powder, onions, salt, oregano, and almond flour, and mix until well blended.
- Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, prepare meatballs in a baking dish.
- Bake the meatballs at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- While the meatballs are baking, simmer some tomato sauce. I usually have a can of tomato sauce on hand (no salt or anything else added) and I simmer it with some oregano, garlic powder, and a drizzle or two of honey and a drop of olive oil.
- Shred or slice some cheese (I use Havarti slices, or shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese; Parmesan is good too, especially mixed with a milder cheese).
- Prepare some steamed broccoli and/or cut raw veggies.
- Grab a plate!