Monday, December 7, 2009
Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice
Well, I 'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but until tonight, I have not yet tried the cauliflower rice! I don't know why! I think I was afraid of the mess, or maybe even a little skeptical! Well, not anymore... I'm a fan! I used my food processor and it was quick, easy, and very little mess! I think it is a wonderful rice substitute with a great flavor and texture!
My meatballs tonight were interesting. I used up ingredients I had on hand. So these were a mixture of ground pork and ground turkey. It was an interesting, yet tasty combo! I don't think you can really go wrong with meatballs!
I head cauliflower
In a food processor with the shedding blade add pieces of the cauliflower. I microwaved the cauliflower on the vegetable setting. Do NOT add water. Just cover with some saran wrap, heat, fluff and serve! Easy!
about 1-1/2 lb. ground pork
about 1-1/2 lb. ground turkey
2 celery stalks, copped fine
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 T fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 C almond meal
2 tsp garlic powder
1 T dried oregano
2 tsp ground black pepper
Mix together (with your hands) to form 2 inch balls. Put in baking dish.
Sauce: Start the sauce first!
1-15 oz can diced tomatoes (no added salt)
1-6 oz can tomato paste (no added salt)
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/2 C water
1 T Italian seasoning
1 tsp olive oil
ground black pepper and sea salt (optional) to taste
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer, until ready to pour over the meatballs.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour sauce over meat balls and bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve with cauliflower rice and a side of salad or vegetable.
1 Cup of Cauliflower rice is only 5g carbs! So, enjoy! :-)