Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
September 26, 2017
The grass-fed beef and flaxseed in these flavorful meatballs offer excellent protein and healthy fats, while the homemade marinara is low-sugar impact.
Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Yields: 4 Servings
2Combine the beef, garlic, parsley, flax meal, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl and mix well. Form the mixture into twenty 1-inch balls.
3Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over the medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 6 minutes.
4Transfer the meatballs to a medium saucepan and add the marinara sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
5Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Serve the meatballs with the sauce.
6FOR GO-TO MARINARA SAUCE:
7Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
8Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, dried basil, oregano, and fennel seeds to cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
9Stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
10Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh basil, salt, and pepper.