I love love the meatball! I don’t love love the extra calories from the gluten-free breadcrumbs. Not that it’s a huge difference from gluten breadcrumbs, but with every meal — the little extra calories start to add up. I was looking for a gf breadcrumb alternative to use in my meatballs. I thought Rice Chex®, oatmeal, nothing…. but that would literally be a ball of meat. Not exactly a meatball I was dreaming about. I was reading The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook by Tosca Reno and she suggested breadcrumbs or oat bran.
Oat Bran! What’s is this?
Oat Bran, as it turns out, is a wonderful source of soluble fiber, protein, iron and can add nutritional value to your baked goods. Well, I’m sold! Not only am I using ground turkey instead beef, but soluble fiber – this is gonna be a “healthy meat-a-ball!”
Bob’s Mill has a gluten-free oat bran, which I found at my local grocery store and can be purchased through Amazon as well, in either two pack or a case. I usually always try the product before buying a ton of it. One, you may hate it and then you’re stuck with a bunch and two, it may last longer than you thought and if you’re like me, storing bulk can get tricky in my small apartment. I think I’ve effectively used every little space to store stuff in this apartment. I have two full bathrooms and the guest shower is never used. So I converted it into a closet filled with storage containers and toilet paper. Pull the shower curtain closed and no ones knows! Unless, you get lazy and the items are now peaking over of the shower curtain rod for everyone who ventures in there to see. Time to watch an episode of Hoarders and ask myself “do I really, really need this?”
The gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t always mean every thing out there gluten-free is a healthy choice. The gluten-free diet can lack fiber, can add extra calories from sugar and can also lack essential nutrients. I want my gluten-free diet filled with healthy calories – not saying I’m not going to eat cookies again! (I have the sweet tooth gene.) But if I can make small adjustments, like oat bran in my meatballs, I know that I’m getting the most out of my meals. And I’ll keep asking myself “do I really need this in my food?”
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup oat bran
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- In a large bowl place egg, lightly beat and add oat bran. Add spices and mix well. Add ground turkey and onion, mix well. (I usually use my hands.)
- Shape meat into desire size. (Using an ice scoop will help make them all the same size.) And place meatballs onto a baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Remember to adjust the time if you make your meatballs larger or smaller.
1 tbsp of fresh herbs = 1 tsp of dried herbs