Meatballs have been around for FOREVER, and there are hundreds upon hundreds of variations of beef meatballs. However, not all meatballs are made equally. For me, a healthy and simple dinner for my son means only a few ingredients, simple instructions, simple cooking, and voila…that is it! These healthy beef meatballs are all that, and they taste good too!
These super simple meatballs have been a long time favourite of mine, and a new time favourite of my little munchkin! Never mind the marshmallows…he will happily play “chubby cheeks” with his meatballs! They are perfect to serve bite-sized for little mouths, hold their own in sauce, and freeze well. These healthy beef meatballs are also gluten-free and dairy free.
What you will need:
- 500g organic grass fed beef mince. It is important to find beef that does not contain added hormones which are used as growth accelerants in cattle. Growth hormones are approved for use in Australia, and used on just under half (in 2011) of Australian cattle. To me, it seems that if we need to use growth hormones to speed up the turnover of beef, we may be eating too much as a society? If you spend your shopping money on anything, be it good quality meat.
- 2 tbsp almonds (see note)
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 4-5 sun-dried tomatoes, drained (if in oil)
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- 1 free range egg
- 1 clove garlic
- pinch himalayan pink salt
NOTE: If you don’t have a good quality blender you could use either a pestle and mortar or a sharp knife to finely chop the seeds and tomato, and add almond meal in place of the whole almonds. This will give your meatballs a rougher texture.
What to do:
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper;
- In a food processor or blender add the almonds, and pumpkin seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic, and blend until reasonably smooth
- In a large bowl add the mince together with the rest of the ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- If the mixture is still a little sticky, add more ground almond and pumpkin seeds
- Roll into bite sized balls.
- Place evenly on the oven tray and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
For a healthy, baby-friendly chicken meatball have a look at my Healthy Chicken Balls.
What’s in your meatballs?