As you may have noticed, I love Greek and Mediterranean food. There are a couple of recipes inspired by Greek cuisine on my blog: Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Salad), Lamb Souvlaki (Greek Lamb Skewers) or even these spooky Healthy Halloween Cookies.
The truth is, I wouldn't be able to try some of the best Greek recipes if it wasn't for my fiancé who comes from Greece. This recipe is inspired by soutzoukakia - meatballs cooked in rich tomato sauce.
Nutritional values (per serving)
|of which Saturated||19.6||grams|
|Magnesium||105||mg (26% RDA)|
|Potassium||1111||mg (56% EMR)|
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (6.9%), protein (22.4%), fat (70.7%) // Net carbs without "zoodles": 5.7 g per serving
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
Serve with "zoodles":
- 4 small zucchini (one per serving), sliced using a julienne peeler or vegetable spiralizer (600 g/ 1.3 lb/ 21.2 oz)
Note: Chia seeds are used for thickening the sauce. You don't have to use them or you can use ½ tsp xanthan gum instead. Keep in mind that xanthan gum is not considered paleo-friendly. You can use any other oil suitable from high-heat cooking. When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).
- Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F. Wash and chop the herbs and mash the garlic. Finely chop the onion and place half of it in a separate bowl.
- Place the meat, egg, cumin, mashed garlic, chopped herbs, half of the onion, salt and coconut flour into a bowl and process well using your hands.
- Create small meatballs and place them in a cast iron skillet or on a baking sheet greased with half of the ghee or coconut oil. Place in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce. Roughly chop the tomatoes and drain the olives.
- Grease a pan with the rest of the ghee or coconut oil, add the remaining onion and cook until slightly browned.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, vegetable stock (or bone broth) and season with salt. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the ground chia seeds for thickening the sauce and mix in well.
- Add the kalamata olives and stir in well. Take off the heat.
- When the meatballs are done, remove from the oven.
- Add the tomato sauce and cook for 5 more minutes.
- When done, serve with zucchini noodles aka "zoodles" briefly fooked for 2-5 minutes (I use this spiralizer to make them). I also recommend you check Mellissa's website The Clothes Make The Girl - she has revealed the secret to make "zoodles" al dente and not loaded with water - ingenious!
- You can try this meal with crumbled feta on top - avoid this step if you follow my Clean Eating Challenge which is dairy-free. Enjoy!
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