Healthy Recipe Thursday: Baked Spinach Meatballs

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 Baked spinach meatballs recipe | Easy, quick recipe for meatball recipeNot a fan of spinach?  No worries.  You may not even taste it in this dish.  Which, btw, features one of my favs — meatballs.  They’re just so yummy.

Sometimes I gently fry them in canola oil, sometimes I bake them.  It doesn’t really matter taste-wise as I always drop them into a bubbling pot of tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, a pork chop or other piece of meat or chicken, a good dose of garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper, and a bay leaf or two.  In other words, spaghetti sauce.  Its yumminess blends with that of the meatballs, keeping them moist and flavorful even with you don’t have the added fat of frying.

This recipe for spinach meatballs intrigues me.  I’m sure I don’t have to go on about the nutritious punch you get from spinach. You also get a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids with this recipe because it features grass-fed beef, an important choice when you’re interested in clean eating for  healthy weight loss to take you to your natural, healthy weight.

It brings to mind, however, a recent op-ed piece I read on the “myth of sustainable meat.”  There are no simple answers.  (Update: See Joel Salatin’s response, in which he refutes many of the claims in the op-ed.  Salatin is a sustainable farmer mentioned in it. Thanks to Kristen for the heads up.)

Of course, you can use regular beef, but the nutritionist in me encourages otherwise. She also encourages you to enjoy!


If you’re gluten-sensitive, rice pasta is a great alternative to regular pasta.  I like the Tinkyada brand.  Also, Against the Grain, a Vermont company, makes a great gluten-free baguette you can use for a sub sandwich.  I also like to use gluten-free oats instead of bread crumbs to make meatballs.  I soak them in a bit of milk first to soften and add moisture; you can use soy or almond milk or even a broth if you are sensitive to dairy.

Thanks to The Talking Kitchen for this recipe, which btw, I found via the great website Healthy Aperture,  a food photo sharing site founded by two registered dietitians.

Spinach meatball photo and recipe reprinted with permission from and

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