It’s time to make healthy eat look good ya’ll! Look good and taste DARN GOOD! Let’s start off with these 5 Spice BBQ Meatballs with a Saucy Orange Hoisin Sauce. A paleo friendly iron rich meal that leaves you feeling… well… saucy. Wink Wink.
Alright now, I’ll put the humor away. I’m on a New Year’s “feeling focused” high this week. Let’s hope it last. Gosh darn it feels good. Like the smudge has been wiped clean from my eyes and I can see the positive perspective. You feelin it? If not, that’s okay, just keep the ONE focus and it will come around.
Speaking of focus, let’s focus on easy meal prep recipes, easy Paleo friendly 30 minute meal recipes, easy stress free friendly recipes, and easy freezer friendly recipes. And let’s wrap it all up all into one with this 5 Spice BBQ Meatball recipe, Mmm k? Stay with me here, stay focused.
You see, after I took that reader survey a couple weeks ago, I realized that the majority of you all (hello readers) would like more healthy gluten-free meals in 30 minutes or less and that can feed a whole family. That being said, this is the Paleo friendly meatball recipe might just kick off that request, give or take 10 minutes. Cool?
It’s made with natural grain free ingredients, mostly unrefined sugar, and did I mention it is so so tasty? Yes you can serve it with Rice noodles… mmmm just look how tasty.
OR, LIGHTEN IT UP and serve these saucy meatballs with cauliflower rice, carrot rice, broccoli rice, or all!. All pair really well with the meatballs, just depends on your dietary needs. Which leads me to the other main reason I posted this recipe. Dietary needs.
Did you know that each recipe I create has a specific focus for your dietary needs? Hey, I try my best to keep us all feeling nourished here. And, of course I want to make sure that we can educate each other on why certain nutrients work better together.
For instance, I paired the lean beef in this BBQ meatballs recipe with a saucy orange sauce and optional broccoli rice. Oranges and Broccoli are high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body absorb non heme (plant based iron) and heme (animal based) iron. And further more, heme iron also increases the amount of non heme iron your body is able to absorb. WHOA, loving this FOOD SYNERGY!
That means you’re getting more bang for your buck nutritionally when you combine the two together. You absorb more iron from the beef in the meatballs, giving you energy and . Plus you get a boost of immunity from the orange and broccoli (Vitamin C). Now we can all feel good about feeding our families and fueling our bodies. Amen amen!
Although, if you serve these meatballs as an appetizer at a football party, maybe just call them saucy and good for you. You could even serve them with veggie chips, and no one will ever know they are getting a boost of Iron. See, sneaky sneaky.
Healthy food does not have to be boring. Eating right (for you) does not have to be complicated. If you are low in iron, watching your sugar intake, and needing to push that protein, this is the dish for you. I know I sound like an ad or like a corny PBS commercial, but it is true. Food really does have its purpose. And today that purpose is to make you and your family feel superFOOD good.
I can sense you all are getting HANGRY! Saucy snappy recipe coming right up!Print
Cotter Confession -> These are the meatballs that I hid from my husband (aka the Kiwi) so that I could have them all. If you follow me on IG stories, you will have seen my sneaky wife moves. Shame on me, but hey, at least I was well energized afterwards. Poor Husband..
What’s the first dish you made this year that left you feeling refreshed, nourished, and healthy?!
Meatball lovers, this one is for you! Veggie lovers, you can TOTALLY use this sauce and make your own veggie meatballs or cook with gluten free tempeh!