Easy Whole30 Meatballs

One thing I absolutely love making during meal-prep is meatballs. You can make so many different flavor combinations, and it’s so easy. The hardest part about making meatballs for me is making sure you keep them tender. Now you remember when grandma made meatballs. She added breadcrumbs, milk, eggs and all the other yummy flavors. I remember my grandma always telling me, “the breadcrumbs and milk are essential to keeping your meatballs juicy and tender”. And that has always stuck with me. But, what do we do when we want easy Whole30 meatballs?

Well, keeping my grandmother’s words in mind, I wanted to make sure our meatballs stayed juicy and delicious. So, we are going to be using zucchini, eggs, almond flour, onions, spices and two different kinds of meat. I decided to use a mixture of beef and pork because together they create a rich flavor. If you want to make leaner meatballs, I suggest using a mixture of a chicken/turkey and pork. You will then have the benefits of a lean meat like chicken or turkey, but the pork will help keep the meatballs tender and juicy.

using a cookie scoop will ensure equally sized meatballs

I enjoy making these all year round. They are so easy and such a staple. But, it’s also the perfect way to impress your loved ones. Now because I like to keep things simple, I usually serve these yummy meatballs in a rich marinara sauce. All I do is sauté up some onions (add mushrooms or kale for extra veggies) with coconut aminos. Then finish it up with your favorite jar marinara sauce. It’s simple, easy, delicious and you don’t need homemade sauce.

Easy Whole30 Meatballs

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Easy Whole30 Meatballs

Your go-to meatball recipe. Add to your meal prep menu for an easy and delicious meal.
Your go-to meatball recipe. Add to your meal prep menu for an easy and delicious meal.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:35 mins
Yields:6 Serves
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Ingredients

  • 1/2
    lb. grass fed ground beef
  • 1/2
    lb. ground pork
  • 2
    scallions (finely chopped)
  • 1/2
    an onion (grated or blended)
  • 1/2
    a zucchini (grated)
  • 2
    garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • 1
    egg
  • 1/2
    tsp. fennel seeds (grind to release the flavor)
  • 1/4
    cup almond flour
  • 1
    tsp. salt
  • 1/2
    tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2
    tbsp. Ghee for browning
  • FOR SAUCE:

  • 1/2
    an onion
  • 1
    tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1
    12-16 ounce jar marinara/arrabbiata sauce

Instructions

  1. To begin, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Now, prepare all the ingredients (ground beef and pork, onion, scallions, zucchini, garlic cloves, egg, fennel seeds, almond flour, salt, and pepper flakes) and combine them in a mixing bowl using your hands. Do not over mix the mixture or you will end up with tough meatballs.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to measure out meatballs. Wet your hands and roll mixture into balls. Then, heat ghee in a large skillet (preferably cast-iron). Sear meatballs for approximately 2 minutes on all sides. Transfer meatballs to a baking sheet lined with parchment and finish in the oven for 7-10 minutes.
  4. While, the meatballs cook, use the drippings in the pan to sauté onions until tender. Then add in coconut aminos and a jar of marinara. Stir and simmer for a few minutes. Return meatballs to the skillet and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve over zucchini or potato noodles.

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6
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What do you think of this recipe?

This is my go to meatball recipe since the whole30 takeover, I make a huge batch, my husband is in heaven and even my little kiddos eat them (that’s the biggest test)! Thank you it’s soooo good!!!

YAY!! This makes me so happy! The kids are always the best judges. Thank you for sharing doll.

Oh my gosh these are delicious. I just finished making a batch of these and they are scrumptious! My wife is Italian and she makes her meatballs with breadcrumbs and other things but because I’m on whole30 this is my new go to recipe. So simple to make and so yummy Thank you!!!!

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So awesome to here! Thank you so much for sharing! They really are so simple but so delish!