Color my meatballs! I love the harmony of flavors in these recipes, plant-rich with garlic, onions, fresh herbs, Swiss chard in one, zucchini in another, quinoa, bell peppers and even pineapple. They are power-packed with micronutrients — vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals — so vital for the millions of processes our bodies perform every minute of ever day.[su_expanding_quote_book alignment=”right” source_author=”Rebecca Katz” source_title=”The Healthy Mind Cookbook” full_quote=”From a brain health perspective many herbs and spices contain huge amounts of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Flavor is a combination of taste and smell: nothing turns that on more than aromatics: herbs, spices and the allium family including leeks, garlic, onions and chives.” short_quote=”From a brain health perspective, many herbs and spices contain huge amounts of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants”]
Asian Quinoa Meatballs – Damn Delicious
6 Plant foods: quinoa garlic, ginger, green onion, cilantro and parsley
Serve with: Over rice noodles tossed with shredded bok choy (Chinese cabbage) and cilantro
Chimichurri Meatballs with Swiss Chard – 40 Aprons
6 Plant foods: Garlic, cilantro, green onions, swiss chard, parsley and lemon juice
Spices: Oregano and red pepper
Serve with: Couscous or orzo tossed with additional chimi churri sauce, or simply with a robust salad
Indian Meatballs – 40 Aprons
6 Plant foods: Shredded zucchini, chopped cilantro, fresh ginger and garlic, tomatoes and lemon
5 Spices: Garam masala, paprika, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne
Serve with rice of choice mixed with chopped cilantro.
Middle Eastern Meatballs with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce – Epicurious
6 Plant foods: Cilantro, garlic, onion, mint, sage, lemon
4 Spices: Fennel, coriander, cumin, allspice
Serve with rice or a lentil salad with cucumber, tomato, green onion and feta cheese.
Moroccan Meatball Tagine – Epicurious
Plant foods: onions, garlic, cilantro, cinnamon sticks, diced tomato, spinach, raisins 3 Spices: saffron, turmeric, black pepper
Serve over quinoa or couscous tossed with olive oil and chopped nuts.
Pork Meatballs with Spicy Pineapple Sauce – Slimming Eats
5 Plant foods: onion, ginger, pineapple, cilantro, sesame seeds
4 Spices: ginger, paprika, garlic, red pepper
Serve with rice noodles, shredded broccoli, bok choy or kale and tossed in the sauce
Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs – Wholesome Delicious
6 Plant foods: onion, garlic, bell pepper, ginger, fresh basil, limes
5 Spices: curry, basil, garlic, ginger and curry paste
Serve with basmati rice mixed with sesame seeds
What is your favorite meatball recipe? How many plant foods does it contain?