Perfect Paleo Meatballs

by danielle on February 5, 2013

I know I share a lot of recipes on my blog but when it comes to my own meals, I’ll be honest with you…I’m actually pretty boring. I have my go to meals that I make for the week and know I won’t get sick of and these meatballs are one of those “go-tos”. I usually make these alongside spaghetti squash and tomatoes so I’ll give you my recipe for that too along with a couple variations I switch between. I’ve been making these for over a year now and still am not sick of them. Give them a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed. They also take a total of 10 minutes to prep and stay good for the week. You can even freeze them to have on hand for longer.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or extra lean ground beef (grass fed and antibiotic and hormone free when possible!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1-2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl combine your egg, almond flour, basil, pepper flakes, and meat together mixing well.
  3. Roll into meatballs and place on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until done.
  5. Enjoy for the night or store for the week!

For the Sauce:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • fresh basil

Directions: 

  1. Dice your zucchini into small pieces.
  2. In a large skillet sprayed with olive oil spray cook your zucchini until tender.
  3. Over low heat add in half of your can of crushed tomatoes and the whole can of tomato paste.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh basil.
  5. Let simmer over low 1o minutes or so.
  6. Serve with your Paleo meatballs over spaghetti squash.

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What’s your go to meal when you need something quick and easy to make???

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucie February 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

Oh I love these, they are perfect to prep for the week! And they look delicious.

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Lucie!

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Nadja February 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

wow these look delicious! I totally have to try them soon!

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hope you like them Nadja!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

I think my whole blog is basically go-to quick meals. That’s how I roll. Every once in a while, I get fancy, but on a day-to-day basis, that’s just not realistic.

I made meatballs once a long time ago, and thought it was sort of a pain. You make this sound so easy! I’ll have to try it again–paleo style this time. :)

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I’m such a fan of quick meals. These are really easy to make I promise!

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Court Star @ StarSystemz February 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

My go to meal is a vegetable stir fry with whatever vegetables I have left over or just purchased. Simple, easy and very delicious! Your meatballs sound delicious! I have almond flour leftover so these are a must on my recipe to do! Love + Shine CourtStar

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Court! I hope you like them!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Mmm I love meatballs! Definitely one of my all time favourite foods.

When I need a quick dinner I make a tofu, vegetable and soba noodle stir fry. It only takes about 20 minutes to make but it’s always so satisfying!

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

That sounds delicious!

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Kristen@Change of Pace February 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I think the almond flour is key in paleo meatballs. It gives it a more spongey texture and I like that! These look so simple. Totally my kind of thing. I hate things that are complicated with a million ingredients.

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I agree the almond flour is definitely needed in there. I don’t do well with fancy recipes either!

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Anne@LoveMintChocolateChip February 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

how creative!! yum :) my boyfriend would love these!

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Thanks Anne!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Wow, these look beyond easy to make. Some of the best and tastiest recipes are certainly the most simple ones. This looks like a great one!

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I agree! The easier the better for me!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I’m pretty boring when it comes to my meals too… We know what we like, so why mess, right? :D I always keep some baked chicken on hand to toss into salads or quick stir fries, and eggs seem to make a pretty good meal when I need it to be fast. If I’m not feeling either of those, then cereal is always an option :mrgreen:

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I totally agree. I keep my meals simple too! And yes cereal is always a last resort and I’m never sad when it’s my option ;)

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots February 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I love turkey meatballs!! Trader joe’s has good frozen ones!

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I’ve never tried the trader joe’s ones. I might have to!

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Lisa February 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Yum! Meatballs are one of my favorite things! Especially now that I don’t eat dairy or eggs. They definitely help in the protein department! And I love the addition of almond flour!

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

That’s perfect! They’re such a great quick and easy protein source!

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Kierston February 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I love me some good meatballs :)

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Me too!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities February 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I could definitely eat these EVERY HOUR on the HOUR!! And uh, yeah, RIGHT NOW? LOL! I always need a cloth when I visit your blog, so I can wipe the drool off my face! :P

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Hahaha too funny!

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Caitlin February 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

when i go out to eat i must always get something new, but when i’m at home i totally am ok with having the same old same! same goes for the snacks and lunch i pack for work. i’ll never tire of chobani with fruit or my salad beasts!
whenever i eat turkey meatballs at home, i always think of you :)

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danielle February 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Me too! I always eat the same thing too. I never get bored of the usuals.

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Linz @ Itz Linz February 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

i LOVE that there are 5 ingredients in this!

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danielle February 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Linz! I like to keep it simple!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

My meals are usually pretty plain too! I have never had ground turkey. I don’t like the texture of ground beef… too chewy. Is turkey the same?

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danielle February 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hmm Turkey is definitely a different texture. I’d give them a try :)

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Jessie February 6, 2013 at 3:18 am

Love how simple these are to make.. and that they include almond flour. I don’t even need to look up recipes to use almond flour with, you have been sharing so many :) Love it!

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danielle February 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

How perfect! So glad you like them ;)

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food February 6, 2013 at 4:49 am

Love this recipe and the fact you can freeze them and pull them out for a later meal!
My go-to meals are usually something Mexican…I always have chicken, tortillas, black beans, corn, etc. on hand…I’ll throw together tacos, enchiladas, a casserole, or anything else I can think of!

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danielle February 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Those all sound like great options!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

These sound far too easy and far too delicious to *not* make. Bookmarked! I’ve actually been searching for a good GF meatball recipe for quite some time, but most that I’ve come across call for a bucket load of spices and/or chopped veggies. I love the idea of making a large batch, and freezing them for quick convenient meals!

I tend to eat the same foods over and over again, too–you’re definitely not alone! Lately, I’ve been making crock pot chicken at the beginning of the week, and using it in various ways (salads, tacos, stuffed sweet potatoes, etc). I’ve also been roasting lots of veggies, cooking up large batches of quinoa and brown rice, and storing them in tupperware containers. When it’s time to eat, I throw some kind of combination of the above foods on my plate, and I’m good to go!

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danielle February 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

It’s just so much easier to eat the same thing all week! These are really easy to make I promise. I’m not a fan of overly complicated recipes. These take like 10 minutes to put together!

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