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It's National Meatball Day - Let's Celebrate in Keto / Low Carb Style

It's national meatball day! It's a true thing, March 9th is the day we celebrate meatballs. Restaurants and pubs are celebrating, there are people running a 5K to get to their meatballs, meatball throw-downs are happening, even Ikea is celebrating (of course) with $3 meatballs. It's meatball madness! I am so excited. I love meatballs. There are so many ways to prepare and serve meatballs. You can brown and serve them plain or with a dip, there's you can make Italian style with your favorite marinara sauce, you can serve with egg noodles, you can slow cook in hot sauce, you can make soup, you can make Swedish meatballs and cauliflower rice pilaf, you even make pastrami meatballs! Let's celebrate with this round up of my favorite keto and low carb friendly meatball recipes. Each recipe starts out with my Best Low Carb Meatballs (recipe below).

1. Swedish Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice Pilaf (recipe follows)

Swedish Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Simple Swedish Meatballs


Best Low Carb Meatballs (recipe here or see below)

1 (10.75 oz)can Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 cup Sour Cream, 1 cup

1 cup Sliced Mushrooms, sliced thin

1/4 cup Dry Sherry, dry

1 tsp Paprika

1/2 tsp Instant Coffee


Set slow cooker / Crock-pot to high

Make one batch of Best Low Carb Meatballs. In the meantime, prepare the gravy in your slow cooker/ Crock-pot by combining the cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, dry sherry, paprika, instant coffee, and mushrooms. Stir thoroughly. Add meatballs and gently mix. Slow cook for 2 to 3 hours. Serve over cauliflower rice pilaf.

Note: to lower carbs you can omit the Sherry and use less Cream of Mushroom Of Soup

2. Best Low Carb Meatballs w/your Favorite Marinara Sauce (recipe for Best Low Carb Meatballs below)

Meatballs with Marinara Sauce Make Best Low Carb Meatballs w/your Favorite Marinara Sauce

3. Pastrami Meatballs | Keto | Low Carb (recipe follows)

Pastrami Meatballs | Keto | Low Carb

Pastrami Meatballs


3/4 pound Ground Beef

3/4 pound Ground Pork

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon Coriander

1 tablespoon Paprika

1 tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 tablespoon Black Pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons Allspice

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 large Egg, beaten

1/2 cup Almond Flour, finely ground

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

2 to 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped


In a mixing bowl, combine beef and pork with Kosher salt, spices, egg, almond flour, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Roll and arrange 2-inch meatballs on baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake to lightly brown 10-12 minutes then remove.

Serve with cauliflower mashed topped with melted Swiss Cheese

4. Hot Buffalo Meatballs | Keto | Low Carb

Hot Wing Meatballs

Hot Buffalo Meatballs | Keto | Low Carb

Ingredients: Best Low Carb Meatballs (recpe below) 1 12oz bottle Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce

1 5 oz Frank's RedHot Original Sauce

4 Tablespoons Butter

1/2 cup sugar-free BBQ Sauce Note: If you use the HOT wing sauce, you may omit the Frank's RedHot Original Sauce. Unless you like REALLY spicy!. Directions: Place meatballs in a slow cooker/ crockpot. Add the Frank's Wing Sauce, Franks Red Hot Sauce, BBQ sauce, and butter over of the meatballs. Set your crockpot to the high setting. Slow cook for 1 to 2 hours. Stirring a few times in between.

5. Meatballs with Keto Faux Noodles (recipe follows)

Meatballs with Keto Faux Noodles

Faux Noodles:


1 ounce Cream Cheese, room temperature

2 Eggs, room temperature

pinch of Salt

pinch of Garlic Powder

1/8 tsp Black Pepper

1/4 teaspoon vital wheat gluten, may omit but it creates a better texture


Preheat the oven to 325F.

Blend the eggs, cream cheese, salt, garlic powder, vital wheat gluten, and pepper in a magic bullet or blender. Pour into a butter-greased 8 x 8 pan. Smooth out keeping the batter very thin. Bake at 325 for 5 to 8 minutes or until just set. Do not over bake. Remove and let cool for about 5 minutes. Slice with a sharp knife or pizza cutter in thin strips. Remove from pan and serve with your favorite sauce (and meatballs).

6. Best Low Carb Meatballs

Best Low Carb Meatballs

National Meatball Day - Let's Celebrate in Keto / Low Carb Style

Each recipe starts out with my Best Low Carb Meatballs:


1 lb Ground beef

1/2 lb Ground Pork

1/2 lb Ground Veal

2 Eggs, large

1/4 cup Almond Flour

1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

1/2 tsp Italian Spice Mix / Italian Seasonings

To Make meatballs:

Mix thoroughly all ingredients be careful to over mix the ingredients. Form mixture into meatballs and brown in skillet or broil on a broiler rack in a 400 degree oven just until brown. Add meatballs to your favorite sauce and simmer, on your stove top or in a crock-pot / slow cooker, until cooked through (approx 1 -2 hours). If you would like to eat the meatballs plain (like me), cook meatballs all the way through (the cooking time depends on the size of the meatballs. Generally it will take 8-10 minutes in the oven)

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