Mega Meatballs – low carb, THM S

low carb Mega Meatballs THM S from thecoersfamily.com

Big, hearty, savory meatballs! We love this stick-to-your-ribs, man-pleasing dinner. These meatballs are packed with a sneaky superfood: flaxseed! Naturally full of fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and omega-3, flaxseed also works as a natural binder to keep our meatballs nice and firm without added carbs like crackers or breadcrumbs. Our recipe does use 1 cup old fashioned oats, but it is spread out over a very large batch of meatballs and can be reduced or eliminated entirely if you’d like.

These ginormous meatballs are great with a creamy cauliflower side dish like Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower or Loaded Baked Faux-tato Casserole. Who needs potatoes? Not us! If you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan – and you totally should be – this would be an S (satisfying) meal with healthy fats and very little carbs. One to two meatballs will definitely fill you up, unless you’re one of our teenage sons… then you’ll eat seven and take a nap on the couch. And wake up an hour later and eat a bowl of cereal. 

Mega Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds ground beef (grass-fed is best!), these would also be quite good with ground game meat if you have a hunter in your home
  • 1 cup old fashioned or steel-cut oats, this can be reduced to 1/2 cup or eliminated entirely if needed but it may change the consistency of the meatballs
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

for the sauce: 

  • 1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

making low carb meatballs

In a large bowl combine all meatball ingredients.

making low carb meatballs

 

With (clean) hands, get in there and mix that beautiful mess all up. It takes a bit of work with a huge batch like this, but it’s worth it. Plus you’re working out your arms for tank top season later. People are gonna want tickets to your gun show. 

making low carb meatballs

Once fully mixed take a large amount and form into a ball. I shoot for a little smaller than a baseball. The trick is to get your meatballs all relatively the same size to ensure even cooking. Place meatballs in a large baking dish prepared with nonstick cooking spray. I like to use coconut oil spray

low carb meatballs from thecoersfamily.com THM Trim Healthy Mama S meal

In a large bowl (and I’ll be honest with you, I just use the same bowl) mix together tomato sauce, Liquid Aminos, broth, and seasonings. Pour over meatballs. 

making low carb meatballs

Cover pan with foil and bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes until browned on top and cooked throughout. 

low carb meatballs from thecoersfamily.com

I think these would be wonderful with some Zoodles, like this crazy awesome dish – but our family usually enjoys these with a creamy, cheesy cauliflower side dish and green beans. 

low carb meatballs from thecoersfamily.com

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Mega Meatballs - Low Carb, THM S
These amazing low carb meatballs are packed with heart-healthy flaxseed meal
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 cup old fashioned or steel-cut oats
  3. 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  4. 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  5. 1/3 - 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 tablespoon paprika
  8. 2 teaspoons salt
  9. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
for the sauce
  1. 1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  2. 1/4 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos, or low sodium soy sauce
  3. 1 cup chicken or beef stock
  4. 2 teaspoons paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all meatball ingredients.
  2. With (clean) hands, get in there and mix that beautiful mess all up.
  3. Once fully mixed take a large amount and form into a ball. I shoot for a little smaller than a baseball. The trick is to get your meatballs all relatively the same size to ensure even cooking. Place meatballs in a large baking dish prepared with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. In a large bowl mix together tomato sauce, Liquid Aminos, broth, and seasonings. Pour over meatballs.
  5. Cover pan with foil and bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes until browned on top and cooked throughout.
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15 thoughts on “Mega Meatballs – low carb, THM S

  1. Carrie

    These look yummy! Thank you for the recipe. Have you tried freezing them?

    1. Amanda Coers

      I haven’t tried that yet – but I’m sure it could work out. I think there would be two ways to try it: freezing before baking, and just placing the uncooked meatballs without any sauce on a baking sheet in the freezer, freezing for an hour, then placing in a large ziplock bag and storing in the freezer until ready to bake. When ready to bake, allow meatballs to thaw in fridge for 24 hours, then put in pan and cover with sauce – bake as directed, with maybe a little longer bake time they’re still a little frozen.

      OR you could try baking the meatballs without any sauce, then freezing them… but I’m not quite sure how that would work out.

      Good idea to try freezing! πŸ™‚

  2. JenZ

    Thank you! Now I know what I will be making for dinner tonight πŸ™‚

    I made the Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower (I love that recipe!) last night, so I’ll pick up more cauliflower today to try the Baked Faux-tato Casserole with these.

    1. Kelly Garrard Smith

      I make low carb meatballs and freeze them often. We use them for sandwiches, spaghetti, and for pizza topping.

  3. Sarah

    So…we have egg allergies, but these look amazing. Do you think the flax & oats would be enough to get meatballs to bind & hold? Or would I need a way to replace the egg?

    1. Amanda Coers

      I think the flax and oats should be enough πŸ™‚

  4. Julie

    Calorie count?

    1. Amanda Coers

      I’m sorry Julie, but numbers and I broke up in high school πŸ˜‰ I’m terrible with math

      1. southernplate

        ~giggles~ I’m gonna have to remember that one!

  5. Amy Kilzer

    Is there a recipe for that bed of delicious looking cauliflower goodness?!

  6. Amy Kilzer

    Ha! Nevermind, I just re-read the beginning of the post. Thanks for sharing!

  7. kristina

    Just made the meatballs with the fiesta cauliflower — DELISH!!! I even used venison (which can sometimes be gamey and dry) and everyone loved it. Thanks so much!

  8. Karisa

    Could this work without the flax seed meal?

    1. Amanda Coers

      Yes definitely!

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