There is nothing quite like meatballs to make a dish feel special. They easily transport themselves from Italian Spaghetti dishes to meaty Swedish dishes. I use meatballs in a Thai Soup recipe, too. Homemade Meatballs are easier to make than you might think.
Making Paleo Homemade Meatballs
Now you might think that meatballs should already be Paleo, but one of the most common ingredients is breadcrumbs to provide filler. I know that there are folks out there who will swear that this is an absolute must have ingredient. I disagree. The addition of breadcrumbs, or other fillers such as oats, are left over remnants of a time when people needed to add less expensive filler to stretch their expensive meats. I have been making filler-less meatballs for years, and have yet to receive a complaint.
I like to add in some finely blitzed mushrooms to my Homemade Meatballs. There are a couple of reasons for this.
- Mushrooms are really nutritious for you. They are the only plant based source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Eating them with a fat containing meatball, allows your body to make use of the vitamins.
- The mushrooms add in a little texture to the meatballs. As well as helping them maintain some moisture.
- Plus, if simmered in the sauce or soup the meatballs are being served with, the mushrooms will absorb some of that flavor.
Efficient Kitchen: Making Extra Homemade Meatballs
Earlier this year, in my Efficient Kitchen series, I explained how I save time making food from scratch by making more of it at one time. I then freeze the extras for use later on. Meatballs are perfect for this. I usually make two or three pounds of meatballs at one time; precooking them to freeze. This way, I have quick and easy access to an almost prep free dinner right in my freezer. Due to the fact that I make neutral seasoned meatballs, they can easily go into any dish that we are craving. Some of our favorites are:
- Homemade Meatballs in a quick mushroom gravy
- Thai Meatball Soup (recipe coming soon)
- Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs and tomato (spaghetti) sauce
Meatballs as a Comfort Food
My favorite comfort foods have always been hot, meaty and covered in gravy. Perfect with a side of mashed potatoes. Meatballs fit this bill, and then some. I derive comfort from knowing that I have the ingredients for a quick and easy meal in my freezer. There’s the added comfort that it is also a nutritious meal. Finally, there’s the flexibility in knowing that this basic ingredient can be molded to fit whatever mood I’m in.