I love it when followers or students send in questions or comments either on the blog or to our [email protected] link. I get some of my best inspirations there!
Last week I had a question about whether I had recipes with meat as protein. This person had been told by her medical care provider that she needed more animal based protein in her diet, and she was looking for easy, good options as she also lives alone.
I decided to try an experiment using baked meatballs as a capsule of sorts to deliver both protein and bone healthy herbs and spices. The other advantage is that these little creations can be frozen and popped into a variety of different dishes quickly and easily.
Here’s what I’ve come up with, and honestly, I really like the outcome (as did my husband who is a rather picky eater) and I believe they will become a staple in my freezer!
Power Balls – Organic Beef
- 1 lb. organic, free range ground beef
- 1 organic, free cage free egg
- ½ small chopped red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- ¼ c. dried nettles (calcium rich and acts as a nice binder for the recipe)
- 1 T. dried turmeric
- ½ t. each, dried rosemary, sage, thyme, black pepper (or any aromatic spice you like!)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. With clean hands, smoosh and mix ingredients together. By rounded tablespoon, roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool, use some today. Freeze the rest, separated, so you can use as many wanted for future recipes, then place in a sealed, preferably freezer safe glass container.
These little gems are ready to drop into broth with some calcium rich veggies, into tomato sauce to use from any Italian style recipe (I LOVE using spaghetti squash), stir frys or just as a quick snack.
This sounds like a great idea. Always looking for easy ways to incorporate protein.
Nettles are new to me. I don’t think I have seen them in my grocery store. Where would I find them? Are they gluten-free?
Nettle (Urtica dioica) is often used in herbal medicine. I purchase dried nettle at good herb retailers like Mountain Rose Herbs. The fresh is not common in grocery stores. This form of nettle is also great for a high calcium tea. Let me know if you give it a try!