The other day I ran to the grocery store in a hurry to get a meal thrown together and I just needed to grab a few things. Meatballs were on the list. I figured I’d just pick up a bag, and that would make the meal go so much faster. Pump the brakes. Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of pre-packaged meatballs? Oh my lanta. They are horrible. Since I’ve become a label looker in the past six months, it’s really important that I don’t pump my body full of unnecessary and yucky “chemicals” and ingredients. It took all of about .02 seconds to decide that I wasn’t buying the pre-made meatballs. I was making my own. I then remembered several months back that I’d pinned a few meatballs recipes. When I read this one I was ecstatic… it suggested grass-fed beef! After much research, back in March, my husband and I actually purchased part of a cow… 100% grass fed! Obviously – you don’t HAVE to have that, it’s just a bonus if you do ;) These meatballs are fantastic! Try ’em.
Healthy Baked Meatballs
These Healthy Baked Meatballs meatballs are SO easy and flavorful! Parmesan, whole wheat bread crumbs, and basil form the foundation for these delights.
- 1 lb. hamburger (grass-fed if possible)
- 2 eggs beaten with 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 c. whole wheat bread crumbs*
- 1 small onion minced or grated (1/2 a large onion)
- 1/4 c. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil
- 2-3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. salt
- freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients . Form into golf ball sized (2-3 in.) meatballs. Bake for 30 minutes.
[My 2 cents]
I've made these a couple of times. The first ones without the eggs and milk, and the second ones with the eggs and milk. Both were delicious! I think the perfect combo would be the eggs without the milk... that's what I'll attempt next! Also, it's SUPER easy to make your own bread crumbs instead of buying pre-made. All you have to do is broil 2 slices of whole wheat bread on high until golden brown. Then flip and broil the other side. Once the bread is "toasted" let cool for several minutes and then pulverize in a food processor. Works like a charm!
Adapted from Cook with Honey