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I am always on the lookout for ways to increase my kids calories with nutrient dense foods. For awhile their lunches were doing well but kids grow… and they need more calories.
Sigh. It’s never ending. You think you figure it all out and then suddenly they are eating even more! I seriously wonder sometimes how in the world, I’ll be able to feed them enough!
We started adding grains to their lunches to help fill in the calorie gaps because grains are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to up those calories… but I prefer limiting our grains so I started searching for a easy replacement.I wanted to increase my children’s protein intake anyway because my kids are always on the tiny side of things so we swapped the nutrient lacking grains for protein packed meatballs.
But not just any meatballs, deliciously simple meatballs because when you are cooking for so many kids, you need simple!
Of course, these meatballs are not just limited to kid food! These deliciously simple meatballs can be used for spaghetti and meatballs, sweetish meatballs, even those appetizer meatballs covered in sauce!
Most meatball recipes use some grain as a filler. Most of the time that means breadcrumbs but I’ve seen oats and other grains as well. As I mentioned, I was looking to decrease our grains so I wanted a meatball without the grain filler.
There are a few meatball recipes out there that fit the bill, usually titled paleo meatballs. I’m not paleo but it is nice to know that I can count of paleo recipes to fit my nutrient packed requirements.
After checking out a few recipes and tweaking my meatball batches, these deliciously simple meatballs were born.
Whether you are trying to eat grain free, gluten free, whole30, paleo, or even keto… these meatballs fit the bill! So make a great big batch and enjoy!
You can even feel ok passing them off to your friends who are eating a more standard diet and they will still think these meatballs are delicious!
Also, as I mentioned I need easy meals for all these kids I’m feeding so what I like to do is make large batches of meatballs. It ends up looking a bit like an Italian kitchen in my house! I cook a few batches of meatballs, and then I freeze them!
When we need meatballs for a meal, I open the freezer and pull out a bag of frozen meatballs. I take out however many I need and then heat them back up! So simple!
Need a different variation? Try my Taco Meatballs which are also grain free!
Deliciously Simple Meatballs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium bowl, add all ingredients.
Mix ingredients until fully incorporated (you will likely need to use your hands).
Divide mixture into 16 pieces and shape into meatballs.
Place on to a rimmed baking sheet.
Cook for 20 minutes.
Serve or freeze for later!