Thursday, December 1, 2011

Asian Meatballs with Sesame Broccoli Slaw

If you are looking for a tasty gluten free or paleo recipe to make your busy weeknights a little easier (and healthier), this recipe is for you.  This is a quick and easy dish that packs a lot of flavor but only takes about 20 minutes to make start to finish.  These heavenly meatballs are paired with a tangy sesame slaw for a complete meal.  Since they are the perfect 2-bite size, they would also make a great party appetizer.  In lieu of the holiday season, Merry Cooking!

A hearty healthy meal on a busy night!
Meatball Ingredients:
1lb ground beef, preferably grass fed
1 large egg, preferably omega-3 enriched, slightly beaten
2tbs almond, coconut or flaxseed flour (all grainless)
2tsp minced fresh ginger
2 green onions, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
2tsp sesame oil
1tbs Gluten Free Tamari Soy Sauce (I buy a big bottle at Whole Foods)
 2tsp macadamia nut oil or other sauteing oil

Sesame Broccoli Slaw Ingredients:
1/2tsp minced garlic
2tsp minced ginger
2 celery stalks, diced small
2 green onions, sliced thin (green and white parts)
1-12oz package broccoli slaw
1/4c apple cider vinegar
2tsp sesame oil, more to taste
2tsp soy sauce, more to taste
parsley or cilantro and sunflower seeds for garnish, optional

1. Preheat your oven to 400F.  In a large bowl mix beef, egg, almond flour, ginger, green onions, sesame oil and soy sauce.  Make 12 uniform meatballs by rubbing the ground beef mixture in the palms of your hands.  Each meatball will be about 1 1/2" - 2" in diameter.
2. In a large saute pan, heat 2tsp oil over medium high heat.  Brown your meatballs and then transfer them to a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake meatballs in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the center comes out 170F on a meat thermometer.  Note: (If you don't feel like sauteing them, you can throw them directly in the oven.  They will take a bit longer to cook and the oil might splatter a bit in your oven but it will work.) 
3. Discard extra oil in the saute pan (leaving a tiny bit at the bottom).  Add garlic, ginger, the white parts of the green onions, and celery to the pan and cook, stirring constantly for a few minutes.  Add your broccoli slaw and apple cider vinegar and cook a few minutes more, scraping up any brown bits at the bottom of the pan.  Add the green parts of the onion, sesame oil and soy sauce and continue to cook until crisp tender.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
4. Serve a mound of slaw with some meatballs on top.  Sprinkle with parsley and sunflower seeds, if desired.  You could even drizzle a bit more sesame oil over the top if you love the flavor like I do.  Enjoy!

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