Middle-Eastern Meatballs

You know how often people/clients tell me that they fall off the wagon because they are bored? A lot! You wanna know the first thing I tell them? Spend more time in the kitchen! I know some of you are busy, I get it, but guess what, making a shitty dinner will take almost just as long as making a delicious one. Spend the extra 20 minutes, will ya?

Take it from me, I have never regretted taking the time to make a nice meal. Think of it as an investment in yourself, the better you eat, the more satisfied you are, hence the less likely you are to want to take down a whole bag of chips or a box of cookies. That’s just how the body works, folks. When you get crazy cravings it’s almost always one of two things: either your blood sugar is off for whatever reason (can be poor nutrition, lack of sleep, too much stress…), or, you are experiencing the side effects of a nutrient deficiency. So think about that next time you want to make a poor dietary choice! What lies underneath that decision? What are you really looking for?

Me personally, half the time I am just looking for meatballs ;).

MIDDLE EASTERN MEATBALLS
(2 servings)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Lbs of ground lamb (or use ground beef if you don’t like lamb, either way I recommend grass fed/grass finished meat)
  • ½ a large shallot or yellow onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh mint, chopped finely
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh italian parsley, chopped finely
  • Zest of 1 lemons
  • 1 tsp of pink himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of paprika
  • ½ tsp of ground coriander
  • ½ tsp of ground cumin
  • ½ tsp of black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven at 375F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place all ingredients except for the meat and mix well. Add the ground meat and mix thoroughly to combine it with the herbs and seasonings.
  4. Form the meat into 1 to 1 ½ inch thick balls.
  5. Place on lined baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.

Enjoy this dish with either this Turmeric Cauliflower “Rice”

or this simple Baba Ganoush

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