Superfood meatballs packed with vegetables, meat & herbs!
Can I be honest? I kind of hate the word “superfood”. For two reasons really. First, that it promotes this idea of these super foods having “super powers” that if you just eat a ton of matcha lattes, your health is going to get increasingly better. And secondly, that they’re seen as this overly specialized nutrient that are difficult to find, cook or consume. Obviously both are very untrue. They should be a staple in your diet (and they’re relatively easy to find and prepare!) I’m still a little confused why I just whined about that and then continued to use it in my recipe title. But for kicks-and-giggles, let’s run with it.
These meatballs are packed with a ton of good stuff. I’m talking sweet potatoes, cauliflower, nutritional yeast and herbs. They pack a punch and are way more than just your average meatball.
Let’s talk about cauliflower for a minute? I don’t think I’m a picky eater by any means, but I have a serious dislike for the taste of cauliflower. It’s the smell. It smells and tastes stinky and I can’t get over it. However, I just came to learn that I don’t mind it riced and mixed with something else (hallelujah!). You’ll see cauliflower rice in this recipe and you can barely tell it’s in there – a plus if you’re anything like me!
I mean, they look pretty good, right?
Here’s the low-down on some of the goods in the meatballs:
Cauliflower: loaded with needed vitamin C, phytochemicals and high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds.
Sweet potato: great source of vitamin A and dietary fiber
Cayenne pepper: great at aiding digestion and lowering stomach acidity
Himalayan sea salt: contains 80+ minerals
Nutritional yeast: a complete protein and great source of b-complex vitamins
- 1 lb grass fed beef
- 1 cup cauliflower rice
- 1 cup riced sweet potato
- 1 tbs Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbs tapioca flour (could use almond flour, too)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1 tbs nutritional yeast (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir to completely incorporate and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Section out 2 tbs of mixture (per meatball) and form into small ball and place on a lined baking sheet.
- Place in oven for 25-30 minutes, or until meatballs are golden browned and cooked through.
- Serve with homemade marinara or pesto! Or serve over a bed of zucchini or spaghetti squash noodles.