Marvelous Meatballs

You may associate red meat with a food that is off limits. Personally, I eat a mostly plant-based diet and keep red meat as an occasional indulgence, but red meat can have its benefits.

Eating red meat has been discouraged because many cuts are high in cholesterol and saturated fat. Red meat does have a place in a healthy diet as long as you choose the right cuts of beef. Eye round roast and steak, round steak, sirloin tip roast and 95 percent ground meat all offer healthy options, or choose bison for lean red meat. Adding one or two servings of fresh or organic lean red meat to your weekly diet will supply your body with many vital nutrients.

Here are three major benefits to red meat:

Benefit 1: Since meat contains a large amount of protein, this could be beneficial to the body as the need for protein is an important one for the body. Since protein is said to improve the overall health and well-being of one’s body, there are other benefits such as the repair and building of body tissues as well as the production of antibodies that will protect the body from infections, thus strengthening the immune system as well. Most importantly, since meat contains all the essential amino acids, it definitely ranks as one of the best sources of protein.

Benefit 2: Red meat is rich in iron, zinc and selenium. While iron helps in forming hemoglobin that transports oxygen to different parts of your body, zinc helps in tissue formation and metabolism as well as selenium breaks down the fat and chemicals in the body.

Benefit 3: Vitamins are a big part of anyone’s diet, and Vitamin A, B and D are commonly found in meat. Not only do these vitamins promote good vision, stronger teeth and bones but they support the central nervous system which promotes mental health. Another big benefit of eating meat is the maintenance of your skin’s health.

Here’s a great melt-in-your-mouth recipe for hearty meatballs to enjoy as party of your next healthy meal.

1 lb ground beef (do not exceed over 86% fat)

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon oregano

salt & pepper to taste

1⁄2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs (my favorite is Progresso)

1/4 cup water

2 lbs pasta sauce


Put ground beef in large bowl,

Add the egg and the bread crumbs.

Sprinkle garlic powder, oregano, salt/pepper, there is no measuring for that, just sprinkle.

Mix meat mixture with clean hands or in mixed.

Add about 1/4 cup water. The meat mixture will be soft.

In a large cooking pot, put sauce, start heating up the sauce, have it set on medium.

Now take about 2 tablespoons of meat and gently roll in ball, gently put each meatball in the sauce, (yes it will be raw) do not fry the meat balls before the sauce).

Do this until all the meatballs are in the sauce, cook for 1- 3 hours max. The longer the better. Delish!


In health,



3 thoughts on “Marvelous Meatballs

  1. Johanna, as a plant based eater I won’t be trying this recipe (though I know from your other recipes that your food is flavorful! )
    Thank you for your honest approach to food. I always look forward to your posts.

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