Hey guys! How’s your week going so far? I’m getting ready to change your life. Are you READY for this life-changing post?! Look. I’m just going to break it down for you. I’m about to share the best ground beef recipe secret I’ve ever had, the Easy Whole30 Meatballs. Because I’m about to share this little recipe that will allow you to eat meatballs, stay on Whole30, and get glowing, beautiful skin, hair, and nails at the same time.
The ingredients of this Whole30 Meatballs are super minimal, and the best part is they’re made with a secret ingredient called GELATIN that not only helps them stick together but also has amazing skin healing properties due to its key beauty nutrient, COLLAGEN. I’m sure you’ve heard of collagen before. It’s amazing for skin elasticity (and also for bone & joint health, hormones, and digestion – which, as you know, I love).
Oh, and did I mention these are all Whole30 approved? Yup. Game changer.
Easy Whole30 MeatballsPrint Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons beef gelatin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon onion flakes (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Cooking oil (I recommend the olive oil spray)
- Butternut squash noodles (or zucchini!) & your favorite sauce (which should probably be Arrabiatta)
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. With clean hands, mix everything together (except for the oil, squash noodles, and marinara). Once it’s all mixed, let the meat rest for about 3-5 minutes to absorb the gelatin.
3. Form meatballs in about a 2-inch diameter and lay them out on a lined sheet pan (I like a tin foil for easy cleanup – don’t let my tray pic below fool you, I literally had to soak it for 2 days). This recipe should yield about 12 meatballs of this size. Spray the meatballs with your cooking oil or grease each meatball by hand or with a kitchen brush.
4. Cook the meatballs for 15-20 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden brown and are cooked throughout.
5. In another pan, heat up about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add your butternut squash noodles. Once the noodles start to soften (it only takes about 2-3 minutes), sprinkle some garlic powder, salt, and pepper and stir it up. Continue to cook the noodles to your desired consistency. Heat the marinara in a microwaveable bowl or on the stovetop.
I’m telling you this could not be easier or more delicious. I’ve seriously been taking it in my little glass bowls for lunch every day, and I get legitimately FULL. Plus, it helps fulfill my cravings for pasta! So did I change your life yet? I hope so.