Herbed Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Cauli-Rice

Homemade meatballs that use coconut flour as a binder get simmered in a hearty tomato sauce and served on a bed of cauliflower rice.
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Herbed Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Cauli-Rice recipe

Herbed Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Cauli-Rice

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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

SAUCE

  • 1 tbsp ghee

    ½ cup chopped yellow onion

    ½ cup diced carrot

    ½ cup diced celery

    2 cups sliced white mushrooms

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    2 tsp dried oregano

    1 tsp each paprika and red pepper flakes

    ¾ tsp sea salt

    ¼ tsp ground black pepper

    1 28-oz BPA-free can diced tomatoes with juices

    3 tbsp unsalted tomato paste

    ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

MEATBALLS

  • 1½ lb lean ground beef

    1 large egg

    ¼ cup coconut flour

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1 tsp dried parsley

    ½ tsp each dried oregano, sea salt and black pepper

CAULI-RICE

  • 1 head cauliflower, florets and stems roughly diced

    1 tbsp ghee

    ¼ tsp sea salt

Preparation

1. Prepare sauce: In a large skillet on medium, melt ghee. Add onion and sauté until golden, 5 minutes. Add carrot, celery, mushrooms, garlic, oregano, paprika, pepper flakes, salt and black pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes with liquid, tomato paste and ½ cup water; increase heat and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, uncovered.

2. Meanwhile, make meatballs: In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients. Form about 2 heaping tbsp of mixture into each meatball, making about 20 meatballs.

3. Add meatballs to skillet with sauce and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, make cauli-rice: Pulse cauliflower in a food processor to rice-sized pieces. In a medium skillet on medium, melt ghee. Add cauli-rice and sauté 5 minutes. Add ¼ cup water and salt, cover and cook until tender, about 4 minutes.

5. Stir basil into tomato sauce. To serve, divide cauli-rice among plates. Top each serving with sauce and meatballs.

NOTE: If following our Meal Plan, freeze 1 serving of meatballs. Store remaining meatballs and cauli-rice separately in refrigerator and reheat when called for.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: ¼ of recipe
  • Calories: 535
  • Carbohydrate Content: 29 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 177 mg
  • Fat Content: 27 g
  • Fiber Content: 9 g
  • Protein Content: 43 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 12 g
  • Sodium Content: 960 mg
  • Sugar Content: 13 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 10 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 1 g