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Easy Gluten-Free Meatballs with Vegetables and Herbs

Gluten Free Meatballs with Vegetables and Herbs

This gluten free meatball recipe fits a variety of special diets such as GAPS, Paleo, Nutritional Balancing or SCD. But even if you aren’t on a healing diet, these are quick, easy and so delicious!

These meatballs have just enough vegetables in them to increase their nutrients without tipping off picky children. The carrots and cauliflower in these meatballs have a very mild flavor, and enable you to use up “Cauli-rice” and carrot juicing leftovers. These two veggies meet the “no seeds” requirements for Nutritional Balancing diets, but feel free to choose different vegetables if you like.

The addition of fish sauce adds just the right touch of umami to the meatballs, making them extra flavorful and slightly more nutritious.

They also freeze well so you always have something yummy on hand on those nights when you just don’t have time to cook (or can’t be bothered 🙂 ).

Gluten Free Meatballs with Vegetables and Herbs
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  1. 1 lb ground grass-fed beef or lamb (where to find online)
  2. 1 pasture-raised egg
  3. 1/4 cup cauliflower, grated to "rice"
  4. 1/8 cup carrot juice pulp or shredded carrot
  5. 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes or 3 Tbsp fresh minced onion, to taste
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. 1 tsp. additive-free fish sauce (where to find)
  8. 2 Tbsp. fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, oregano or basil), finely chopped or 1 Tbsp dried herbs
  9. Sea salt, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Use your hands to mix together the meat, egg, vegetables, onion and garlic in a bowl until uniform in texture.
  3. Add in the herbs, salt and fish sauce, adjusting to fit your taste preferences. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Roll into 2-inch meatballs and place into 9x13" pan or baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brown and cooked all the way through.
  6. Serve immediately or allow to cool and freeze for later.
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Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.


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  • These look awesome! Love the cauliflower “rice” idea for meatballs. But do you know if there is any way at all to make meatballs or patties without eggs? I love the idea but eggs are my low toleration list. Chia seeds don’t seem to work for me. But then again I haven’t tried cauliflower as a binder.

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