By Sarah Axtell, ND • July 3, 2015
Not every meal needs to contain meat. I do think “happy meat” (grass-fed, organic) can be included as part of a healthy diet. Eating sustainably-raised, “happy meat” is not likely harmful and can be beneficial by stabilizing blood sugar, increasing HDL (or good cholesterol), decreasing appetite, and increasing lean body mass. But eating a lot of meat is not great for our planet and in excess can contribute to sluggish digestion (especially if you are low in stomach acid). Eat meat as a side dish or as a condiment, not as your main meal. Your plate should be at least 1/2 full of vegetables. And aim to eat plant-based sources of protein (legumes if you can digest them, nuts, seeds) as part of your meals as well.
Get creative in the kitchen with these broccoli “meatballs” – filling and delicious and a way to incorporate more plant-based protein as part of your diet. Kids and even the pickiest of eaters tend to like these.
*I often double this recipe so I can freeze some for an easy weeknight meal later on.
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cloves garlic (optional- if you have IBS and are adhering to a low fodmap diet, omit)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking sheet with coconut oil.
2. Steam broccoli florets for 10 minutes (until bright green).
3. In a food processor, combine all ingredients (including the steamed broccoli).
4. Process until everything is thoroughly mixed.
5. Roll mixture into balls. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve along side “zoodles” (zucchini noodles- if you don’t have a spiralizer, get one!!). Top with marinara sauce. Voila- a healthy plant-based spaghetti and meatballs homemade dinner!
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.