This isn’t your classic meatball. These bad boys feature many nutrient dense benefits that make these perfect for this time of year. It is Autumn and Winter isn’t too far away, which means colds/flus are everywhere. I seriously mean everywhere…
Not only is this dish hearty, but it also can help boost your immune system. A great way to boost your immune system is to ensure you are eating nutrient dense food daily. I mean if it is delicious it is easy to do! This meatball recipe features a handful of herbs and seasonings, which all hold their own benefits. Plus, tahini is just delicious and I had to add it to the recipe.
I am a garlic addict to the point I once smelled like garlic when I went for a walk with my mom…I am dead serious. You don’t have to eat as much garlic as I do, but it is a great immune supporter. It is known for its Allicin properties. This is what gives garlic it smells. Allicin is broken into sulfur-compounds, which can help the immune system. Garlic is high FODMAP and sulfur-rich, which can cause digestive issues for some of you.
This is actually a great source of Selenium. This micronutrient is known to initiate the immune response, but also regulate it. No unstable immunity here. Onion is also high in fructans and sulfur, which is beneficial for our gut. The fructans are insoluble fiber, which can feed bacteria in our intestines for healthy digestion. The sulfur breakdown is similar to garlic, in which is also used for detoxification. However, digestive issues can occur due to it being a high FODMAP.
In holistic medicine, oregano is known for its antiviral properties. Often times those with digestive issues such as SIBO can use oregano as a natural antibiotic. Oregano is also great for boosting the immune system. It is ideal to consume it in oil form, but it doesn’t mean the herb doesn’t have an impact. It has both antiviral and anti-bacterial properties, which reduce inflammation as well.
Similarly to oregano, thyme is also known for its anti-viral properties. However, due to the presence of thymol makes thyme a major antimicrobial. This will aid our body in fighting any form of infection. Also, due to being full of quercetin (like our good ole onion) is known for reducing histamine (i.e. reducing inflammation). If you love this herb as much as I do, you’ll also love my Thyme Beef Meatballs.
As you can see not only is this recipe going to be delicious, but is a powerhouse of herbs and seasonings. Even better is it takes under 40-minutes to cook and simple to make! Let’s get to the recipe.
Tahini + Herb Meatballs
This meatball recipe is packed with flavor and is paleo-friendly!
- 1 lbs Ground Beef
- 1/8 cup Almond Meal
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Oregano, Thyme, + Parsley Dried
- 1/4 tsp Sage Dried
- 1.5 tbsp Tahini
- Salt + Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
Using a food scale, measure out 2 oz meatball.s
Place on a baking sheet + bake for 20-25-minutes or until internal temp is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Store in a glass container or serve immediately.
This meatball recipe is delicious with any vegetable noodle. My favorite way to eat them is by crumbling them up and mixing it into roasted vegetables. For even more added immunity pair this recipe with my rosemary and garlic parsnip mash! This recipe can also be used for meal prepping and stored in glass containers or frozen for up to a month! I hope you enjoy this recipe and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make it!