Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Garlic Meatballs, Spinach and Sweet Potato Fries

So, I was craving a burger and fries and decided to go with a variation instead...The Meatball and sweet potato fries.  I've had trouble in the past trying to make meatballs with no flour without compromising the consistency, so I tried coconut flour this time and it worked out well.  I'm notorious for just winging it without a recipe to follow, so this is what I came up with:

Sweet Potato Fries- Start with these because they need to go in the oven before the meatballs.

2 Large peeled sweet potatoes sliced into 1/4 inch sticks
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. chili powder
sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil until coated.  Add in remaining ingredients and spread onto greased baking sheet.  Bake on middle rack for about 15 minutes, then flip using a spatula and continue baking for 15-20 more minutes. 

The Garlic Meatball

1 lb.  grass-fed ground beef
1 egg
3 cloves fresh minced garlic
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/4 cup of organic coconut flour
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt to taste
cracked pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine beef, garlic and onion.  Add in the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper (optional).  Mix well, then add the coconut flour and olive oil until thoroughly combined.  Whisk the egg gently and add to beef mixture until all ingredients are mixed through well.  Form mixture into 1 inch meatballs on greased cooking sheet/jelly roll sheet (so meatballs don't roll off).  Bake for 20-30 minutes or until browned on the outside. 

Sauteed Spinach - We needed something green on the plate, so my husband suggested this to use up the spinach we had left.  Feel free to add in or omit ingredients of your choosing.

4 cups of fresh spinach
2 Tablespoons of Kerrygold unsalted Irish butter
Sea salt, cracked pepper, 1/2 tsp. minced garlic (if you're not sick of the garlic already) (optional)

In a medium skillet, melt butter over low heat.  Add salt, pepper and garlic if you're using it and when garlic become fragrant,  add spinach to the mixture and stir until coated and spinach begins to wilt.  Once spinach is wilted, heat for another 2-3 minutes over low heat.  Serve topped with meatballs.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything and that you enjoy the recipes.  I would consider this either a great recipe for the kids, or I got lucky with them not being picky today, but either way, they ate it without a complaint!

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