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Eggplant Meatballs
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Yes, I made eggplant meatballs. If you know me – You know I love Eggplant! And – I love meatballs. So I decided to make 2 of my favorites together… Delicious.. I used ground turkey and almond meal but I am giving you alternative suggestions below.

This is a great paleo recipe and very addictive – I like using an ice cream scoop so they are all the same size!  Perfect for entertaining.  Yummy!!


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil or  1 teaspoon Simply Organic dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic dried parsley
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup italian breadcrumbs or almond flour
  • Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 2 cups marinara sauce (prepared and warming stove top)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

  1. Prepare baking sheet by lining with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Take eggplant and slice in half. Using a fork pierce about 4 times on each side of the skin. Place flesh side down and bake for 30 -40 minutes. Until soft. Let cool.
  3. Remove flesh into a large bowl and use your fork to keep the consistency the same. You don’t want this to me a dip form but small chunks. (If it seems to have too much liquid then let sit in a colander for about 10 minutes).
  4. Next add in ground turkey/beef, carrot, onion, egg,  parmesan cheese (optional), Simply Organic  basil, Simply Organic oregano, Simply Organic parsley, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Combine well. Next add in your breadcrumbs or almond flour and coat all of the ingredients together (gently as you don’t want to over mix).
  5. Prepare your baking sheet by lining with foil or parchment paper. If you are using foil then coat the bottom with olive oil or coconut oil. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, until brown and turning once.
  7. Remove from oven and add to you prepared marinara and keep heat to a low until ready to serve!


Note: I added sliced mushrooms to my sauce and made this dish extra special!

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  1. This sounds so good … can’t wait to make it!

    Comment by karen cadorette on August 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  2. These meatballs are ridiculously awesome!!! I made a batch yesterday and never even added tomato sauce to them. I just keep eating them cold out of the fridg!!! I will definitely make these again!

    Comment by Karen on November 5, 2012 at 3:44 am

  3. Picked up the ingredients on the way home tonight – that’s how amazing these look!

    Comment by Laura Stark on November 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm


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