Easy Keto Meatballs

easy keto meatballsThis delicious low-carb recipe is versatile and easy to prepare. While this recipe includes a traditional sauce, you can completely transform the flavor with a few tweaks. You can infuse Asian, Italian, Swedish or Mexican flair with different seasonings and sauces, making these meatballs a staple for the keto diet. They’re also great for meal prepping—simply double the recipe and freeze several meals’ worth.

These juicy meatballs are held together by cheese instead of carb-heavy flour or breadcrumbs, making it an ideal keto entrée. Grass-fed beef is an excellent choice because it’s rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a keto-approved fatty acid that promotes healthy weight loss and supports regular blood sugar levels.

Unlike most other beef sources, grass-fed has a high antioxidant content. It contains glutathione, which supports immunity and helps build and repair muscle, and superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that has been shown to help break down molecules within cells that cause tissue damage. Grass-fed beef is also an excellent source of vitamins A and E.

Ingredients for Meatballs

1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
1 large egg
½ cup shredded mozzarella
½ cup fresh grated parmesan
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp parsley, freshly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Ingredients for Sauce

1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to taste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions for Meatballs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and season with Kosher salt and pepper to taste. Knead the mixture together so that it is combine well. Once combined, form the mixture into 16 meatballs with your hands. Put the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes. Serve with sauce and garnish with extra parmesan.

Directions for Sauce

Warm the extra virgin olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and cook for approximately five minutes or until soft.

Add the garlic and saute for about one minute, then add the tomatoes and oregano. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.

Cook for another minute then lower the temperature slightly and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Makes four servings. Net carbs 2.

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