Lasagna Meatballs

I’ve had a craving for something Italian for the past few days that I couldn’t not get rid of no matter what I ate.  Then it hit me!  Lasagna Meatballs!  I love this recipe.  There is something so satisfying about the tender baked meat balls combined with the flavorful marinara that really hits the spot.  It’s a two step recipe so it takes a little more time to make but it is worth it!  Check it out!

Lasagna Meatballs

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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For the meatballs:

  • 1 Pound Sweet or Hot Italian Sausage (We use sweet)
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1/3 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Lite Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Everything else:

  • 2 Cups Garlic Basil Marinara (Follow link for recipe)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  To start making the meatballs combine all the ingredients on the meatballs list in a bowl and mix well.  Form the meat into approximately 32 one ounce meatballs.  (They’ll be about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.)  Put the meatballs on a foil (or you can use a silpat) lined baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes.

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Once the meatballs are cooked place them in a 13’x9′ casserole baking dish in a single layer.  Pour half of the garlic basil marina over the meatballs.  Spread the ricotta cheese evenly across the top of your meatballs.  Do this one small spoonful at a time so there is enough to cover them evenly.  Then pour the other half of your marinara over the top of the ricotta.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top.

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Is your oven still set for 375?  Good.  Place your dish in the oven and continue to bake for another 30 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

8 Servings of 4 Meatballs:  494 Calories, 39 g Fat, 31 g Protein, 4 g Net Carbs

Recipe originally appeared on http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com

 

 

Perfectly Melted Cheese

gruyere

I like to get creative with recipes and substitute many ingredients to make new flavors.  I recently found however that I struggled with melting hard aged cheeses while experimenting.  Asiago, parmesan, and gruyère don’t melt as well as softer cheeses and often you get a lumpy greasy mess.  This is where we borrow a technique from molecular gastronomy.  Add Food Grade Sodium Citrate.

Sodium citrate is considered an emulsifying salt.  Basically it’s an additive that reduces the cheese’s acidity, makes the proteins in the cheese more soluble, and prevents it from separating into a greasy mess.  It creates a smooth, creamy texture that will never “break.”

Perfectly Melted Cheese Dip

  • Servings: Varies
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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First bring your cold water to a simmer in a pot large enough to hold your cheese.  Add your sodium citrate to the water and allow it to dissolve.  Once that’s dissolved start adding your cheese a little at a time and blending into your water with an immersion hand blender.  You’ll want to serve your cheese immediately after it’s all melted.  Enjoy!

Garlic Basil Marinara Sauce

Pre-keto spaghetti was a staple in my diet.  I could load up on bowl after bowl of the stuff.  Something about the tender pasta mixed with a rich marinara sauce got my blood moving!  Well, not literally, but you could say my affections were strong for the stuff.  Post-keto I found that many prepackaged marinara sauces had added sugars.  Seriously?!  High fructose corn syrup?!  I sought out recipe after recipe trying to find a sauce I would enjoy.  After experimenting with some different combinations I finally came up with one I love.  Garlic Basil Marinara.  This sauce is great on zoodles (Get a Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer! It’s amazing!  More to come on this…), keto pizza or as a dipping sauce for cauliflower breadsticks.

Garlic Basil Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 28 Oz can Peeled Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Puree your tomatoes in a blender until consistency is liquid.  (Ninja blenders work great!) Add the remaining ingredients and blend it a little more until evenly mixed.  Heat the sauce over medium heat until hot.  Serve however you’d like!

Serving Size 1/2 Cup, 84 Calories, 7 g Fat, 1 g Protein, 3.5 Net Carbohydrates