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Forget Swedish Meatballs!

We recently moved to a new home and have been visiting Ikea, what seems like, every day. It’s so bad, we’re greeting our favorite employees at this point. During one of our lengthy visits, we got hungry but the dry and painfully boring Swedish meatballs just didn’t do it for us. We had to curb our appetites with a quick cup of coffee, in the hopes of finding some better looking and tasting food elsewhere.

On our drive home, while passing by a Greek restaurant, I realized that we haven’t had lamb nor meatballs during our last half of the trip in Southeast Asia and I immediately knew what we’d be having when we got home.

Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Pilaf

We love lamb. Out of the many meats, its flavor and consistency is pretty unique and provides that sometimes a necessary break from beef and chicken. Lamb gets its unique and distinguishable flavor from its fat. More specifically, its branched-chain fatty acid is what gives lamb its distinct and earthy taste.

Lamb pairs very well with goat cheese because it provides a bit of a sour, funky complement to lamb’s earthy flavors. Since one of our favorite variations on a burger is lamb and goat cheese, it only made sense to recreate this combo in the meatball format. And since you can’t have meatballs without a side, a quick riced cauliflower pilaf did just the trick.

Have this meal for lunch or dinner and be sure to make some extra for leftovers, you’ll thank us later! It’s great for reheating, throwing some fresh goat cheese on top and munching away anywhere you are.

Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Pilaf
Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Pilaf
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Macros per serving:
• 495 Calories
• 41g of Fat
• 27g of Protein
• 3.5g of Net Carbs
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4 servings 5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4 servings 5 minutes 30 minutes
Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Pilaf
Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Pilaf
Votes: 5
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Macros per serving:
• 495 Calories
• 41g of Fat
• 27g of Protein
• 3.5g of Net Carbs
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4 servings 5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4 servings 5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings: servings
Ingredients
Cauliflower Rice
  • 200 grams cauliflower florets
  • salt, pepper
Meatballs
Additional Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ yellow onion (chopped)
  • 4 grams minced garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 oz goat cheese
Instructions
  1. First, rice your cauliflower by pulsing it in a food processor until it resembles rice. Cook that in a lightly oiled pan, covered, for 8 minutes. Season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl combine the lamb, egg, and spices. Mix well with your hands and form 12 to 15 meatballs. Set aside until step 5.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, add the coconut oil and onion. Cook for 5-8 minutes, or until translucent.
  4. Add in garlic and let cook until fragrant.
  5. Next, add the meatballs into the pan cooking them on all sides. Cook until you no longer see pink and they are firm to the touch.
  6. Divide the cauliflower rice into 4 equal portions.
  7. Add some meatballs to each portion of the cauliflower rice and top with the fresh mint leaves, lemon zest and crumbled goat cheese. Enjoy!
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