Gluten Free Meatballs

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I love meatballs and spaghetti so going gluten free I had to rethink one of my favorite meals. First, I needed a g/f replacement for those darn breadcrumbs in meatballs. I haven’t yet made any g/f bread or seen g/f breadcrumbs in the store but after some research found several options for what to use instead. I did a combination of coconut flour and flaxseed meal but some other ideas I saw included g/f rolled oats, chia seed meal, or saving the crumbs from the bottom of a box of Chex cereal and using those crumbs.

Gluten Free Meatballs

The other challenge with spaghetti was what to use for the noodles. I could do some g/f pasta but instead decided to try spaghetti squash for the first time.  I roasted the squash in the oven until tender and easy to pull apart to “noodles”.

The results of my experiment? Everyone liked the meatballs (which I serve with a  tomato basil marinara – store bought) and I was the only one to like the spaghetti squash base. I thought it was great but not so much for the men in my life… Next time I will have to try g/f pasta!

Gluten Free Meatballs

1 1/2 lb ground beef
1tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 c. Flaxseed meal
1/4 c. Coconut flour
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
1/2 c milk
1 egg lightly beaten

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Roll into two inch balls. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes on a cooking sheet (or until cooked through). Serve with marinara sauce on g/f pasta or cooked spaghetti squash.
Husband Rating: 5 out of 10
Food For Thought: These would be great for the freezer. Cook them up and freeze in a freezer bag until you are ready to eat. Simply heat up in a skillet over medium high heat and then add sauce.

One response

  1. I made my own bread crumbs from a piece of gluten free bread. The packaged g/f bread crumbs were just as expensive as a loaf of bread, and I knew we’d finish the bread before using a whole box of crumbs.

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