Caleb (for those who don't know, he's my 9 year old son with autism) with all his picky food habits had started talking about "spaghetti and meatballs" a lot lately. He has talked about a lot of other random foods, so I would make whatever it was, and he wouldn't eat it. Not my favourite.
But, every time we had pasta (and I would just cook up the meat like I always did), Caleb would say, "spaghetti and meatballs!".
So, I decided I would make them for him. I want him to expand his limited (but finally growing!) foods he'll eat list, and I thought the idea of meatballs sounded good.
I set out to make a super-basic, paleo (sugar free, grain and flour free, dairy free), but yummy enough even Caleb would eat it kind of meatball.
After I had them cooked and ready, and I asked Caleb how many he wanted on his noodles, his answer was, "......um......7!". So, I didn't give him seven, but I was happy he still thought the ideas of meatballs was a good one (instead of standing there saying, "meatballs are so very disgusting!"-which he has said about other foods he talked and talked about and I would finally make for him!).
All that to say, if Caleb liked them, ANYONE will like them!
Gluten-Free (and paleo) Meatballs
The above photo shows gluten-free pasta, which is not paleo, fyi.
**Another method is to sear the meatballs (browning them on high heat in the frying pan) and then finish cooking them in an oven for about 10 minutes at around 170C.
The meatballs were easy to prepare, and were really, really good! I ate mine with a pile o' spaghetti squash!
And that is the story of how the VanLondersele family started eating meatballs again. :)
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