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Authentic Italian Grass-fed Beef Meatballs

Authentic Italian Meatballs

Beef.  It has had a bad rap for some time.  There was a time where I quit eating red meat all together, because it gave me a stomach ache.  After growing up a vegetarian, and not eating any meat until the age of 12, I didn’t totally understand that, like with anything, there is quality and… not.  Eating fast food red meat is a definite “not!”

For years I struggled with anemia, I was constantly exhausted. And yes, you do not need to eat meat to avoid anemia, but it does take a little more planning and education to get your iron quota for the day.  Years later, as I have stated in previous posts, I am more of a “flexitarian”  I love love love eating vegan and vegetarian and I love love love my beef.  However, being married to the husband I have, most meals do contain some sort of animal protein. And that is okay!  I am actually so much healthier now, than when I was a vegetarian.

There are so many more options with meat these days… grass-fed, free-range, organic, etc.  Grass-fed beef is a little more costly, but there is a reason you should be spending more money on your meat.  The quality.

Reasons to eat Grass-fed

  • Less total fat
  • More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks
  • More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E

Here is another thought.  Most americans eat way too much meat!  Meat should be a garnish, or a small portion on your plate the rest of your plate should be filled with colorful vegetables and whole grains.  Therefore, eating less meat, filling up on fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods, will then make buying grass-fed more affordable!  An unprocessed life is always less costly . You will definitely save on future medical expenses i.e. sick care.

Everyone family needs to have a favorite meatball recipe.  I mean who doesn’t like meatballs?  I have finally mastered the meatball, as it is a specialty and is actually more challenging to make than one would think (I have failed many times!)  They take a special technique to get them just right. These are, by far, my favorite recipe that I have come up with and I hope you love them as much as we do!  Serve with Homemade Marinara Sauce!

Authentic Italian Grass-fed Beef Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbs fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese

*prep tip- make a double batch to freeze!

Begin by chopping parsley and onion.
Begin by chopping parsley and onion.
Easy way to remove the garlic peel.  I put them down and hit the top of knife with my fist and the garlic pops right out!
Easy way to remove the garlic peel. I put them down and hit the top of knife with my fist and the garlic pops right out!

 

Mince the garlic
Mince the garlic

 

Add all ingredients to a large bowl except the meat. Stir to combine.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl except the meat. Stir to combine.Au
Have your pan greased and ready next to your bowl.  I do this before adding the meat so you aren't having to wash your hands multiples times.
Have your pan greased and ready next to your bowl. I do this before adding the meat so you aren’t having to wash your hands multiples times.

 

The key to a good meatball is using your hands to mix! Mix well.
The key to a good meatball is using your hands to mix! Mix well.

 

Using your hands roll and form a palm sized ball.  I toss it back and forth a few times in my hands and roll between both hands.  I can't exactly take a picture of that ;-)
Using your hands roll and form a palm sized ball. I toss it back and forth a few times in my hands and roll between both hands. I can’t exactly take a picture of that 😉

 

You should have about 10-12 good sized meatballs! Place in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for about 20 min, depending on your oven.
You should have about 10-12 good sized meatballs! Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 30 min, depending on your oven.

 

Take them out of the oven and drop them in your sauce  or just serve!
Take them out of the oven and drop them in your sauce or just serve!

 

Serve with your favorite whole grain pasta, sauce and vegetables!
Serve with your favorite whole grain pasta, sauce and vegetables!

 

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Your kids will love!
Your kids will love!

 

My kids love my authentic Italian grass-fed beef meatballs and I hope your family will too!  Mangia Mangia! Enjoy!

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