Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thrive Meatballs - Season it Your Way!

Season It Your Way!
by Kay Curtiss

I've got a great recipe I'm Thrivealizing that requires meatballs (Reuben Casserole with Pastrami Meatballs -- coming soon!) so I played with our Thrive Freeze Dried Ground Beef and Sausage Crumbles -- took me 2 tries but I think I got it - at least my husband approves of them -- So that's good enough for me!

This is a basic way to make up meatballs.  You can use all Thrive FD Ground Beef (#22564) or all Thrive FD Sausage Crumbles (#22568).  I chose to mix it 1/2 and 1/2.  Since they both are cooked and seasoned, you could just leave it at that OR you can choose to flavor it up for a specific dish, i.e., Mexican, Italian, Asian, etc. - that's for you to decide.  However you decide to season it, I found you don't need any more salt.  I bet any of the Thrive FD Meats -- Chopped Chicken (#22567), Seasoned Chicken (#22575), Roast Beef (#22566), or Beef Dices (#22576) would work just as well.

FD - Freeze Dried
Thrive Product Numbers are for Pantry Cans


1 cup Thrive FD Ground Beef (#22564)
1 cup Thrive FD Sausage Crumbles (#22568)
3/4 cup hot water
optional seasonings
2 T. Thrive Whole Egg Powder (#22570), reconstituted with 4 T. water
1/4 cup crushed Pork Rinds (no carbs) or Thrive Oatmeal (#22121)
1/4 cup half and half or 1/4 cup Thrive Instant Milk (#22446), reconstituted


Put Thrive FD Ground Beef and Sausage Crumbles in a mixing bowl.  Add 3/4 cup hot water, stir and let sit for about 10 minutes to reconstitute.  Reconstitute your eggs and if using oatmeal soak in 1/4 cup 1/2 & 1/2 or milk.  If using pork rinds, no need to soak them.

Put meat into a Food Processor and blend until crumbly.  Dump back into mixing bowl.  Add any additional seasonings, eggs, soaked oatmeal OR pork rind crumbs and 1/2 & 1/2.

Mix well and form into 25 1 inch meatballs and put on cookie sheet sprayed with oil spray or you can use parchment paper or a silicon mat.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and let them sit on the pan until cool.
Makes 25 One Inch Meatballs.

Here's the nutritional information for 1 meatball made with Oatmeal and Instant Milk:

Here's the nutritional information for 1 meatball made with Pork Rind Crumbs and Half & Half:

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