Cinnamon and spice meatballs (over chard) #foodie friday

cinnamon raisin meatballs
Cinnamon and spice meatballs

This was the first time I made meatballs. They are not what people would consider traditional meatballs. As an Italian American who grew up eating food cooked by my Italian father, I also happen to know that meatballs and spaghetti is an American phenomena, not Italian. 

These turned out very well and I think it’s a nice way to prepare ground meat of any kind really. I’m sure these would be good with turkey or pork or lamb as well.


●  3/4 lb grass fed ground beef
●  1/4 cup currants
●  1/4 cup pine nuts
●  2 tbls coconut flour. If you’re not grain free then you can use a 1/2 cup bread crumbs or rolled oats soaked in just enough milk to moisten it
●  1 egg
●  1/2 tsp cinnamon
●  2 tsp garlic powder
●  1 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to your preference for heat)
salt to taste

Mix all above ingredients and then shape into balls. I broiled these until brown on all sides. I didn’t keep track of the time but it doesn’t take long and it’s good to be nearby while they are cooking.

I served them on top of chard cooked with garlic and olive oil.

cinnamon raisin meatballs on chard
Cinnamon and spice meatballs on chard

Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet

And you can find more Foodie Friday posts and recipes here.

Note: In our society today whether people eat animal products or not is a hot issue. I would prefer not to eat meat but have found I must. I’ve also found that I’m intolerant of dairy and eggs, so that leaves only meat and fish. I have found others like me in my community with similar physical ailments who have found that animal products are essential to healing. I’ve experimented heavily with purely vegetarian methods of nourishing myself without meat since I deeply value the lives of animals and have failed. This choice does not come without pain. I’m always happy for those who find they can thrive without animal products and I certainly don’t begrudge those who can. I hope someday to regain enough health that I might be able to once again carefully tweak most if not all of the meat out of my diet. I write explicitly about this issue because we are all different and people need to find what works for both their body and their spirit together. Sometimes the needs of the body and the needs of the spirit seem to conflict. Such is life. Never simple. I take comfort in the fact that all of nature eats itself and I’m blessed with a consciousness that can recognize that I am part of this web of life, complicated and lovely as it is.

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