Paleo meatballs are a delicious way to add some protein to your meals, while rewarding your tastebuds!
Seriously friends, anyone following a paleo diet should incorporate these low carb meatballs. Not only arethey SO juicy and full of flavor, they’re SO easy to make, and yield a ton all at once, which means your meal prep just got a whole lot easier. Did I mention they freeze well, too?
Paleo meatballs don’t require spending a lot of time in the kitchen but are oh-so-rewarding for any meal. You can make them the star of the dish by whipping up some paleo Swedish meatballs, or mix them in with low carb spaghetti sauce and keto spaghetti squash. Your paleo / low carb options are truly endless…
So, who’s ready for a paleo meatball bonanza? Let’s jump right in…
How To Make Paleo Meatballs
Paleo meatballs are easy to make — and by easy, I mean in less than an hour you’ll have 40 cooked meatballs ready to chow down on! Talk about simple paleo meal prep! Here’s how to toss them together:
You’ll start by preheating the oven and lining two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. It’s important to use a rimmed baking sheet, as the paleo meatballs will release juices as they cook. Using parchment paper will cut down on your cleanup time.
Add some olive oil to a large nonstick pan. I prefer the taste of olive oil in this recipe, you can also use ghee or sunflower/avocado oil. Avoid peanut oil or soybean oil (most vegetable oils) if you’re sticking to a paleo foods list!
Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the minced onions and cook until they’re translucent, which should take about eight minutes. You may be tempted to skip this step, but sauteing our veggies first will enhance the flavors, making them slightly sweet (and more delicious) in our paleo meatballs!
Add garlic in, and mix together until you can really start to smell the deliciousness.
Now, let’s get mixing. Grab a large bowl and combine the onions and garlic with ground beef, Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, pepper flakes, eggs, salt, and pepper. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy! Mixing all this by hand sometimes is the most fun part, and ensure everything incorporates well.
Then we’ll start forming the meatballs. Grab a small handful and roll the ingredients together in the palm of your hands. Place them on the prepared baking sheet a few inches apart from one another, so as to not overcrowd the pan (this will steam instead of bake the meatballs). You should yield around 40.
Remember that preheated oven? Pop ‘em in! You want to bake these for about 18 to 22 minutes. Check to see that they’re ready by cutting into the center of one, as long as it’s no longer pink, you’re good to go!
And just like that, you’re ready to serve these low cab gems with some paleo Alfredo or paleo pesto!
Whole 30 Meatballs Variations
There are quite a few variations you can try for these Whole 30 meatballs. For instance:
- Keep it simple by using just Italian sausage, or ground beef.
- Using ground pork or even ground chicken can add a different directions of flavor, and is still great for paleo meals.
- Pepper in some fresh chopped spinach for a little bit of green in the mix. Just be sure to cook the spinach before mixing it in.
- Mix in whatever herbs and spices you’re craving.
- Stick to the original paleo meal plan recipe below, and change up your sauces and noodle options.
This paleo meatballs recipe can yield tons of variations for paleo lunch ideas and dinner options so that you’ll never get bored. Take advantage of all the paleo food list ingredients by mixing things into your meatballs, or serving them with different sauces…
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How To Eat Gluten Free Meatballs
The best part about eating these gluten free meatballs, is pairing them with other scrumptious paleo dinner recipes like veggie noodles or keto spaghetti squash.
How you end up eating paleo meatballs will ultimately depend on your personal eating plan…
For instance, if you aren’t paleo but simply looking for low carb options, then try pairing the meatballs with shirataki noodles, which are zero carb and easy to whip up.
You can also keep the paleo meatballs as the main component of the dish, and add some steamed veggies from your paleo shopping list to your plate. Before deciding on other paleo recipes to pair, reference your goals and lifestyle choices.
Low Carb Meatballs Sauce
Low carb meatballs end up being the perfect partner with a scrumptious paleo meatball sauce!
Paleo and low carb spaghetti sauce is simple to make and will also yield quite a bit, so it’s a match made in low carb heaven with this meatball recipe. If you aren’t feeling the red sauce, try covering them in paleo Alfredo or paleo pesto for an exciting meal!
Heck, you get so many meatballs out of this recipe, why not whip up all three sauces, to add some variety to your meal plan!
Freezing Keto Meatballs
Here’s the best news yet: these keto meatballs freeze beautifully!
Some paleo diet foods don’t end up freezing well, as they’re often best served fresh. But these gluten free meatballs can be frozen on their own in a resealable bag, or mixed with a paleo sauce and frozen together.
If you plan to freeze these paleo meatballs on their own (without the sauce), freeze them on the baking sheet first, then place them in a large resealable bag. This will stop them from sticking to each other. Release as much air as possible from the bag, then pop them into the freezer.
It’s easy, it’s quick, and can be defrosted in no time, which makes for truly great low carb meal prep!
Paleo Meatballs Recipe
And there you have it, another welcomed addition to your paleo ground beef recipes binder! You won’t spend hours in the kitchen with these paleo meatballs, but you will end up with quite a few ways to indulge in this SUUUPER delicious recipe!
What type of low carb sauce or noodles did you pair with your paleo meatballs? Add a comment below and let me know!
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 Cups Onions minced
- 6 Cloves Garlic minced
- 2 Pounds Ground Beef 80/20
- 1 Pound Sweet Italian Sausage casing removed
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Large Eggs lightly beaten
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F and line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Add olive oil to a large nonstick.
- Once shimmer, add the minced onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes.
- Add garlic and toss until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked onions and garlic, ground beef, Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, pepper flakes, eggs, salt and pepper thoroughly with your hands.
- Form 40 meatballs and place them a few inches apart on your prepared baking sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the center is cooked through and no longer pink.
- Serve over your favorite paleo pasta, and enjoy!
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