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Friday, March 23, 2012

bison meatballs -- gluten free + dairy free

yay for the weekend! had a whirlwind week - that blew by quickly. i'm very excited to enjoy the super warm weather that we're expecting in CO - high 70's on sat + sun. i fully intend on sitting outside and soaking up the rays (with the added bonus of getting some much needed vitamin d). the next few weeks are going to be extremely busy - event season is ramping up at work and i've got lots of trade shows happening. my mom just booked a trip out to CO to celebrate both her birthday and my 30th (ewwwwwwwwww). i'm super excited to have her out - she's only here for four days, so i'm strategically planning all of the fun stuff that we need to do while she's here. a few days after she leaves i'm heading out to vegas for the huge NAB broadcast trade show. looks like i need to strap in and buckle down..

onto the yummy food stuff...

bison meatballs w/ asparagus
i recently reintroduced red meat into my diet per my doc and acupuncturists recommendation. let me tell you what -  i really didnt know what i was missing. its been around 4 years since i ate hearty, iron clad red meat. partly, because i was having allergy issues with beef. i decided instead to eat bison instead of beef - bison is both lower in fat and cholesterol than beef and tends to have a somewhat sweeter flavor. fortunately for coloradoans, bison is readily available at most grocery stores. if you havent tried it yet, you really should. 

since reintroducing red meat ive been running amok - eating burgers, meatloaf and my favorite - meatballs. every few weeks i whip these together, they've become one of my staple meals. i typically serve bison meatballs with rice pasta or quinoa pasta, however, i've been cutting down on my carb intake lately so i've been serving them up with fresh veggies instead. this is a relatively easy recipe that you could substitute any ground meat for - chicken, turkey, beef, pork, etc. great fresh flavor and super hearty. 

bison meatballs

  • 3/4 lb ground bison
  • 1 egg (organic, free range preferably) 
  • 1/4 large sweet onion - finely minced or grated
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 garlic clove - finely minced
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp tamari - wheat free soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt + pepper
  • olive oil - for the pan
preheat oven to 425. cover a large sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. in a large mixing bowl whisk egg with a pinch of salt and pepper. add in ground bison, minced onion, brown rice flour, minced garlic, ketchup, tamari, balsamic vinegar, dried herbs and a tad more salt and pepper. using your hands mix everything together until event dispersed. roll out 12 uniform ~2 inch meatballs and place on aluminum foil. bake at 425 20-25 minutes, or until meatballs are fully cooked and have begun to brown. *beware - since bison is so lean it cooks quickly and can dry out quickly - so keep an eye on these!*

homemade tomato sauce
  • 1/2 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 large sweet onion - diced
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1/2 container button mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt + pepper to taste
heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. heat onions, garlic, mushrooms until tender around 10 minutes.  stir in tomato paste and turn down heat to medium - cook for 2 minutes. pour in 1/2 can of fire roasted tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes and stir. allow to simmer over low heat around 10-15 minutes and season with salt and pepper.

hope you all have a tasty weekend - and hope that you all have wonderful weather, like were expecting here.

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  1. What a delicious looking meal and who doesn't love a good looking meatball? Have fun at the NAB!

  2. This has been such an amazing recipe! I had bought some bison at our local farmers market and googled a gluten free meatball recipe... I have made this twice now and each time I cooked up some yummy gluten free pasta to accompany the dish. My boyfriend absolutely loves it and so do I!
    Thanks for the great recipe, it will be one of my regulars for sure!

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