Greek-inspired Paleo meatballs with creamy tzatziki sauce is a delicious and healthy meal option for those who follow the Paleo diet. These meatballs are made with ground meat and seasoned with traditional Greek herbs and spices like oregano, garlic, and onion. The tzatziki sauce is a creamy and refreshing condiment that perfectly complements the flavors of the meatballs.
The Paleo diet, also known as the Caveman diet, is a way of eating that mimics the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. The diet primarily consists of meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and excludes processed foods, grains, and dairy. This diet is believed to be beneficial for weight loss, improved energy levels, and better overall health.
Greek cuisine is known for its bold flavors and fresh ingredients. The use of herbs like oregano, thyme, and mint, and spices like cinnamon and cumin, give Greek dishes their distinct taste. Tzatziki sauce is a classic Greek condiment made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and dill. It is often served as a dip or topping for meat dishes.
Combining Greek flavors with the Paleo diet creates a delicious and healthy meal option. These Greek-inspired Paleo meatballs with creamy tzatziki sauce are easy to make and can be served as a main dish or appetizer. The combination of the flavorful meatballs and refreshing tzatziki sauce is sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it.
How to Make Paleo Meatballs with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce
Meatballs are an ideal option for meal prep and can be enjoyed as a filling lunch. For a balanced meal, pair them with fresh vegetables and a tasty sauce. These protein-rich meatballs are an excellent source of vitamin B12, which is essential for the nervous system. Additionally, incorporating veggies into the meal adds fiber, as per a source.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Cuisine: keto, Paleo, Whole30
Servings: 8 servings
INGREDIENTS OF PALEO MEATBALLS WITH CREAMY TZATZIKI SAUCE
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk chilled until liquid and solid separate completely, at least 6 hours
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 med cucumber peeled seeded and grated
- 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice *
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp dill fresh, chopped
- 3/4 tsp fine grain sea salt *
- Black pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp cumin *
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground lamb pork (or use all beef, if preferred)
- 3 Tbsp blanched almond flour **
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup red onion grated
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Zest of 1 lemon grated
- Juice of 1 lemon about 2 Tbsp
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh mint minced
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp dried oregano
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING PERFECT PALEO MEATBALLS WITH CREAMY TZATZIKI SAUCE
Make The Tzatziki First:
- Squeeze excess liquid out of the grated cucumber and add to the bowl of a food processor.
- Discard the liquid part of the coconut milk so you are left with the solid cream, and add that to the processor as well, along with the remaining ingredients.
- Pulse/process until fully combined – it won’t be completely smooth. Transfer to a bowl or container and refrigerate while you make the meatballs.
For The Meatballs:
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and drizzle olive oil on a large baking sheet.
- Combine all meatball ingredients (except olive oil) well with your hands until fully combined, careful not to overwork the meat.
- Form the mixture into 24 balls and place an inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-17 mins or until browned and cooked through, careful not to overbake. Remove from oven and serve with tzatziki sauce and Greek salad. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes of Paleo Meatballs with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce
*or to taste
**2 Tbsp tapioca or arrowroot flour can be subbed in for a nut-free version.
Paleo Meatballs with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce
Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3.8mg