Family-Approved Meatballs

Cleanses can be beneficial whether you are looking to improve your digestion, release toxins stored in your body, or slow down and rejuvenate yourself after a period of stress.  Toxin exposure happens everyday- from your food, air pollution, cleaning and self-care products (e.g., shampoo, lotion, soaps, etc.).  Cleansing encourages you to slow down, be more intentional about the food you eat, and reduces your body’s overall toxic burden.
This weekend I prepared some foods in alignment with both the 6 Day and the 21 Day Sugar Detox programs.  I thought I would share with you a modified version of Danielle Walker’s Meatloaf Meatballs from the Meals Made Simple cookbook.  Instead of forming them into meatballs, I use a muffin tin with parchment wrappers.  Not only does this save time when making the meatballs, but it also makes them a great portable option.   My sister and her family recently came out for spring break.  I made a double batch and we took them with us to the mountains.  They were enjoyed with eggs for breakfast, on top of salads for lunch, and as post-skiing snacks- keeping all the kids (and adults) satisfied until dinner.  You can also make up a big batch and freeze a portion for later.   My son loves to take the meatballs in his lunch.  Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Meatballs

  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 egg, whisked (substitute flax seeds- for an egg-free version)
  • 2 tablespoons of almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sausage seasoning (see recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a bowl, mix together the first four ingredients (onion through turkey).  You can also use a food processor for dicing and mixing.  Add in the whisked egg, followed by the almond flour.  Sprinkle in the sea salt and sausage seasoning, evenly distributing over the mixed ingredients.  Mix and scoop into parchment lined muffin tins.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, ensuring that the inside of the meatballs are cooked.
Sausage Seasoning Recipe  From 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

Mix the proportions listed above, keeping some on hand for future use in a variety of recipes.  Depending upon the recipe, use 1-2 tablespoons of seasoning for every pound of meat.