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Meatballs With a Twist!

Keto Friendly RecipeWe 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:

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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!

Low Carb Meatballs in Coconut Broth
Meatballs in Coconut Broth
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Macros per serving:
• 566 Calories
• 47.5g of Fat
• 24g of Protein
• 4g of Carbs
Serves
4 servings
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Serves
4 servings
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Low Carb Meatballs in Coconut Broth
Meatballs in Coconut Broth
Votes: 4
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Macros per serving:
• 566 Calories
• 47.5g of Fat
• 24g of Protein
• 4g of Carbs
Serves
4 servings
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Serves
4 servings
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings: servings
Ingredients
Meatballs
Coconut Broth
Spices
Instructions
  1. On an oiled pan, cook garlic and onions until fragrant and translucent.
    Brown onions and garlic
  2. Meanwhile, combine almond flour and almond milk to create a paste.
  3. Take your ground beef and add salt and your almond paste.
    Add almond flour and milk
  4. When your onions and garlic are done cooking, add them to the ground beef and using your hands, mix and squeeze to combine.
    Add to beef
  5. Begin creating your meatballs by taking a small handful of ground beef and giving it a good squeeze to eliminate air bubbles. Roll them in your hands gently creating uniformly sized balls about 2 inches in diameter. The smaller the meatballs, the faster they'll cook. Keep that in mind so they don't overcook and dry out.
    Make your meatballs
  6. Once your meatballs are assembled, use the same pan to brown the meatballs on both sides. Arrange the meatballs along the edge of the pan leaving the center empty.
    Brown on both sides
  7. While the meatballs are browning, add your spices into the empty center of the pan. The spices will begin to heat and denature, releasing their flavor into the pan. You'll see a sort of paste form in the oily center of the pan.
    Add spices
  8. After the meatballs are browned on both sides, you can pour in the coconut milk and broth. Give it a good shake to disperse the spices.
  9. Add in your lemongrass stalk (whacked with the blunt end of a knife to release its oils) and fresh ginger and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
    Add coconut broth and simmer
  10. Take one of the meatballs out and cut it in half to see if it's cooked throughout. If it is, you're set! If it's not, check on another again in about 3-5 minutes.
  11. Serve with some coconut broth in a bowl and your favorite side dish!
    Low Carb Meatballs in Coconut Broth
We provide nutritional information for our recipes as a courtesy to our readers. The data is calculated using the MyFitnessPal app. We remove fiber and sugar alcohols, including erythritol, from the final carbohydrate count since they do not affect blood glucose levels in most individuals. We try to be as accurate as possible but we encourage you to calculate nutritional information on your own.

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