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Meatballs With a Twist!
We love eating new foods, but it’s more challenging to make new foods! When you think of meatballs, you probably think of classic Italian meatballs in marinara sauce and a pile of spaghetti. Not to mention, those meatballs are full of milk and bread crumbs! We discovered a new way of preparing meatballs- paleo, low carb, and gluten free!
Instead of filling the meatballs with milk and breadcrumbs, like Gordon Ramsay, we subbed almond milk and almond flour! You can use any kind of nut milk and nut meal/flour, as long as when you combine those two ingredients, you can create a paste like consistency. This helps bind the meatballs. You may notice we don’t use egg in this recipe, it doesn’t need it!
Not only are these low carb meatballs, but they were a first for us- we used a lot of new spices for the first time. The low carb meatballs gave us an Indian/Thai vibe- something that we’ve never experienced at home! Thanks to the combination of these spices:
Coriander Seeds – are sweet and earthy, with a hints of lemon. They actually produce cilantro when planted, but taste quite different. Coriander seeds are used in Latino, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. They are commonly heated so that they break down slightly, releasing more flavor into dishes.
Turmeric – is highly considered one of the world’s great super-foods. It’s a root, usually sold ground and dried, similar to ginger. By itself, its taste is bitter; but when cooked with oils and other spices, it adds spice to dishes. Chinese and Indian cultures use turmeric for its medicine benefits, it aids in many different medical conditions including jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
Pro tip: because Turmeric has a low bioavailability (it’s not easily absorbed in its natural state) heating the spice in an oil (like coconut) and adding black pepper will help our bodies absorb it.
Lemongrass – is a popular herb in Asian and Indian cuisine. It’s citrus notes add freshness to any dish. To use lemon grass, make sure it’s flavors (which are inside the stalk) can be freed into your food. To do this, whack the stalks with the blunt side of a knife so the stalks can release their aromatic oils.
Cinnamon – is not a new spice for us, but we’ve definitely never added it to such a meaty, hearty dish! The moment we added cinnamon to our broth, the entire kitchen smelled of cinnamon and it just worked! Some dishes just pop with the addition of sweet to their heartiness.
Let’s add these spices to our low carb meatballs in coconut broth!
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