Garlic Lime Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links casings removed
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed
  • 3 teaspoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • DO-AHEAD TIP: Marinate meatballs overnight or for at least 4 hours (see recipe).
  • In a large bowl, place all ingredients except butter; using your very clean hands, blend thoroughly.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  • At the time of cooking, form meat mixture into 1- to 2-inch meatballs. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add meatballs and brown for 4 to 7 minutes on each side or until cooked through.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Steamed broccoli rabe and Curried Cauli-Rice (process cauliflower in a blender or food processor until it resembles grains of rice; steam “rice” till tender; drain; toss with salt, pepper and curry powder to taste).
NUTRITION: 625 Calories; 50g Fat (72.4% calories from fat); 33g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 192mg Cholesterol; 1179mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 6 Fat.
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