Greek lunchbox meatballs – gluten free, low carb and paleo-friendly

I hear there’s this Greek saying:

“Μ’ένα σμπάρο, δυο τρυγώνια.”

It translates to something like:

“One shot, two birds.”

Which, to me, meant:

“I have this mince that’s going to turn bad soon, and this mint is looking a bit dodgy. I really need some protein for tomorrow’s lunchboxes, too. I know! Make the Greek meatballs you made often early in your marriage.”

And that’s how these Greek meatballs became Greek lunchbox meatballs.

Or something like that, anyway.

I used to make these babies when hubby and I first became a team, and they were perfect to team with Greek salad. Because Greek salad is amazing and sometimes you just need a little excuse to make it. And a little something to mop up the olive oil and herbs and feta and deliciousness. I love Greek salad. Can you tell?

These Greek meatballs are fantastic in Summer, when you need some protein to go with a lunchbox salad, and you can shape them however your kids prefer their meat – make fun little meatballs, flatten them into patties or make souvlaki skewers.

If you have a BBQ, you’ll want to use it for these meatballs. Getting them nice and charred on the outside is part of the magic.

Greek lunchbox meatballs
Terrible photo. Amazing flavour.

Greek meatballs – gluten-free, low carb and paleo-friendly

Makes about 10 large meatballs

You’ll need:

  • 500 grams of quality beef mince
  • 1 small red onion, very finely diced
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste (I used Sarah Wilson‘s nomato passata from her latest book Simplicious for a bit of extra veg)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh continental parsley, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons of fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of all spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

To make:

  1. Heat some cooking fat in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until well combined.
  3. Shape into balls or patties (or whatever your kids prefer) and fry for about 4 minutes each side, depending on size.
  4. Serve them in the lunchbox with some some Greek salad, tzatziki and pita.

Paleo Greek Lunchbox Meatballs

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