Let me begin by saying, I LOVE meatballs. They are an awesome addition to any sauce and always great on pizza, or in a meatball (gluten free) sandwich. So, when I realized that being gluten free meant no meatballs, I was devastated.
The husband was down trodden, to say the least, when he found out that there was gluten used in the traditional meatball. That pesky gluten seems to find its way into everything!!
HOW I CREATED MY GLUTEN FREE MEATBALLS
Ultimately, I found my solace and stepped into meatball bliss again by creating my own recipe. So, as I broke out my chef hat and apron I slaved away to find the perfect balance of flavor and consistency.
Gluten adds a lot to a meatball and I had to get creative here to come up with something tasty. The balance of seasoning is important to a meatball. If you add too much of anything the end product can come out wonky!
So, I came up with the best gluten free meatball recipe for my husband and myself. The secret is in the seasoning and on the quality of the meat that you use! A meatball is mostly made up of, well, meat! So having quality meat is a must.
WHY THE MAIN INGREDIENT MATTERS
There are many reasons that we want to eat grass fed beef. Not only are the cows happier that graze in the field. The ones that aren’t able to are kept in deplorable conditions.
I’m all for eating the cow but I want it to have a great life. In factory farms the most disgusting conditions exist. The cows are kept in confinement, chained to a post while forced to eat the worst GMO grain ever made.
If this wasn’t bad enough the cow’s digestive system is not meant to even eat corn. It’s a sad truth but the corn ruins the cows digestive system if had in excess. It also causes the cow to concentrate Omega 6 fatty acids in its meat.
You can check out Food, Inc.. if you’d like to find out more. This movie essentially explains the crisis that we are experiencing here in the states and will educate you as to why you must vote with your dollar!!
WHY GRASS FED MATTERS
As most of us know, Americans are deathly low in Omega 3 fatty acids. It’s an epidemic and these fatty acids are the building blocks of our brain and cell membranes. So, having too much Omega 6 is not only hurting how we absorb facts but also nutrients!
With that said, when a cow has been raised on mainly grass it has a higher concentration of essential minerals, amino acids and most of all OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS. Essentially, grass fed beef is like a super food while conventional beef acts like a poison.
Now, this website is all about eating on a budget. You MUST STAY IN BUDGET! It’s the point of eating healthy and making it sustainable. If your jaw drops every time you decide to start eating healthy and look at the grocery bill it will never be sustainable.
I mostly recommend a local farmer if possible. If you can get to a local farm and purchase your beef from them at a reasonable price you’ll find yourself and your farmer smiling. You all the way to the kitchen table and them all the way to the bank for the service they rendered.
HOWEVER, if you can’t seem to find a local farmer that does it right or live in a city where it’s nearly impossible to access a farm let alone wild animals you can try ButcherBox. These guys are great.
This company goes to every farm and tastes the cuts before it packages them up. Every piece of meat in this box is from grass fed cows that were raised here in America. Not only is this stimulating your mind with Omega 3 fatty acids but it’s stimulating the part of our economy that matters, the farmer!!
WHY BUTCHERBOX IS BUDGET FRIENDLY
If we don’t have farmers we don’t have food and ButcherBox is doing the American farmer a real justice. I also find it to not be too bad on the budget. The reality is that you can solidify the amount you spend per month and have a consistency that’s usually not there.
Also, for the amount of meat you get with the mix of cuts you are really getting a steal with these folks. Again, if you can’t find a local farmer that does it right this is the next best thing for you and your loved ones!