Mouth-watering German-style meat balls

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Frikadelle, Bulette, Fleischpflanzerl, Bratklops or Fleischküchle. All these German words mean the same thing: meat ball. Every region has their own term for it. German-style meat balls are a total crowd pleaser and not only the ultimate comfort food, they are also a very common sight as a party finger food, picnic staple, travel snacks or kid-friendly dinner option, in short: it fits (almost) every occasion.

I cannot help but wonder whether there are as many different German words for meat balls as there are occasions to which they would be just the perfect addition. I once read somewhere that meat balls originated in France and then made their way to Germany with the Huguenots, when they fled eastwards in the 17th century. Still, to me, meat balls are as German as beer and sausages.

With ultimate soul food like German-style meat balls, there always tends to be the same catch: everyone has his or her very own personal recipe for it, alternatively a recipe that has been in their family since generations. They all seem roughly similar, but differ in the details (“my great grandmother always used X as her secret ingredient” kinda style). Same, same, but different. This much is true for dishes like mac and cheese, lasagna or chili con carne. German-style meat balls are no different.

My meat balls are on the smaller side and round, think of them as tasty edible golf balls.

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At a glance
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Calories per serving: 402 kcal (4)/268 kcal (6)
  • Preparation time: 15 min
  • Cooking time: 10 min
  • Total time from start to finish: 25 min
Ingredients for German-style meat balls
  • 1 lbs (480 grams) of ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (1.9 ounces/55 grams) of breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper

How to prepare German-style meat balls

Raise your hands, if you meat balls are one of your happy childhood memories as far as food is concerned. Great, now that we all have our hands up in the air, let’s roll our sleeves up and start cooking:

Place the meat in a bowl and add the egg, breadcrumbs, mustard, tomato paste, paprika, salt and pepper. Next you have to make a choice: mix everything using your hands or using a spatula. I know, quite a few people shiver at the idea of touching raw meat with their hands, much less kneating it. It however creates the best results in terms of combining the meat ball ingredients. You will however also manage ok, using a spatula.

Once everything is combined, start forming golf ball sized meat ball. Then, place a pan on your stove and bring it to medium heat, add butter to your pan and cook the meat balls in it, turning it every other minute until they are evenly browned on each side. Since they are rather small this should take you between 7-8 minutes until they are completely done.

I actually love serving my meat balls with mashed potato, so make sure to check out my avocado mashed potato recipe for some inspiritation. Another great side kick for German-style meat balls are mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows. This would then we a true German-American dinner option.

Light zoodles with alfredo sauce and bacon

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Let’s be honest, pasta is amazing, but the real star is the sauce. This is what makes zoodles with alfredo sauce such a great healthy dinner idea and it is why “noodles” made from vegetables such as zucchini or carrots are just so wonderful. They simply lend themselves to being carved/cut into spaghetti; besides, they are relatively neutral in taste and thus do not draw any attention away from the main actor – the sauce.

The added benefit is their low calorie count, so they are a great option for a light(er) dinner. If you feel like “zoodles” might be great in theory, but the reality is that you will feel like you will be starving half an hour after your meal. So how about a half/half solution, of 50% spaghetti, 50% zoodles? Then you have the best of both worlds.

As for the bacon, it’s just amazing what a great meal companion it really is. Something about the smokiness, crunch factor and salty deliciousness just works so well with alfredo sauce. To me it’s the ultimate game changer that boost the zoodles with alfredo sauce to the next universe of yummy.

In any case, I hope you enjoy zoodles with alfredo sauce as a quick and easy, low-carb, low-calorie, highly satisfactory soul food weekday dinner as much as I do.

At a glance

  • Category: Dinner, Healthy food
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories per serving: 373 kcal
  • Preparation time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces (425 grams) of zoodles aka zucchini spagetti (approx. 2 zucchini)
  • 10 slices of streaky bacon (crumbled)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (8 ounces/225 grams) of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2/3 cup (2.1 ounces/60 grams) of grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup of veggie or chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • A few fresh basil leaves
  • A bit of thyme and oregano
  • Ground pepper

How to prepare zoodles with alfredo sauce and bacon

First step is cooking your bacon. Place the strips in a cold pan and bring it to upper medium heat and let them cook until they have reached the desired level of crispiness. Take them off the heat and place the bacon on a paper towel to dry and cool down, so you can later crumble them by folding the paper towel.

As for the alfredo sauce, start by melting the butter in a pan, then add the chopped garlic and stir for a minute before adding the cream cheese and milk. Continue stirring until all ingredients are nicely blended. Next, whisk in the grated parmesan and pour the broth and the lemon juice into the sauce as well. Let the sauce simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile bring a pot with water to boil and cook your zucchini noodles for 1, maximum 2 minutes (depending on thickness). Place them on servings plates, distribute the sauce and then add the crumbled bacon as a topping.

Loved the zoodles with alfredo sauce and can’t get enough? Check out the Alfredo sauce recipe compilation on this blog.

Healthy fudgy sweet potato brownies

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Sweet caroline oh oh oh!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that sweet potatos have the word SWEET in them. That is a gigantic hint that we shouldn’t only see them as a savory food staple, but allow them to venture into dessert land by making a batch of sweet potato brownies. Dessert land, the place where happy memories are created! Those memories are even happier when although you indulged, you did so in a healthy way, because the best memories are saved in your soul, not on your hips.

Since North Carolina is home to most of the sweet potatos that you can buy in grocery stores (over 70% in fact), I thought it’s more than fitting to give this recipe a name that honors that. Besides, it gives all of you the wonderful opportunity to be reminded of the amazing song by Neil Diamond. It also lends itself as the perfect title for this delicious recipe.

This recipe is gluten-free and uses ground oats, a.k.a. oat flour instead of wheat flour. Moreover they also contain a great deal of protein. So may the oats be ever in your favor! Plus this recipe is vegan, lactose-free and egg-free, but certainly not taste-free, yippie! If you want to find out how to best make your own oat flour, click through the image gallery bellow. The second image contains a video of how I make my own oat flour at home. Besides sweet potato brownies, you can use the oat flour as a replacement for wheat in most of my recipes.

At a glance
  • Servings: 12 
  • Calories per serving: 196 kcal (216 kcal incl. chocolate chips as a topping)
  • Total preparation time: 30 min 
  • Oven time: 30 min
  • Time from start to finish: 1 hr
Ingredients
  • 1 lbs (480 grams) sweet potatos
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup (2.4 oz/65 grams) oat flour (if you don’t have oat flour, simply use oats and stick them in the blender to ground them)
  • ½ cup (2.2 oz/65 grams) cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (4.2 oz/120 grams) almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Optional topping: ½ cup chunky chocolate chips

Preparation of sweet potato brownies

First step on our way to brownie heaven, peel the sweet potatos, cut them into a couple of rough chunks and bake them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit/200 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes until tender. Next mash them in a food processor, a blender or by hand.

Afterwards, add the maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla aroma and coconut oil to the sweet potato purée and combine everything. Then mix in the cacao powder, the oat flour, baking powder and salt. Salt helps the chocolatey flavor pop and is thereby actually super essential, even though you don’t need much.

Prepare a baking dish with parchement paper. I generally prefer this way over buttering a dish or using cooking spray, especially when it comes to brownies. You thereby avoid having to poke around the dish to get the baked goods out and it’s just overall considerably less hassle. Even more so with these extra fudgy sweet potato brownies.

Pour the sweet potato brownies dough into the prepared dish. Afterwards drizzle the pecan nuts and chocolate chips on top and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.

Afterwards let the sweet potato brownies rest for about 10-15 minutes, they I whole-heartedly recommend eating them while they are still warm. Consider also adding a bit of vanilla ice cream to your serving.

Sweet potato brownies preparation steps image gallery

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Health is wealth. While this truth is certainly no ground-breaking revelation, we usually only appreaciate its essence, when we are not healthy, wether that’s with regard to our physical or our mental state or both. Health is the ultimate luxury good, we can own. Nothing else matters more nor should it. Therefore, eat yourself healthy…

Mom, what’s for dinner? – 10 kid-friendly healthy dinners

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It’s dinner time. While that usually means you are now supposed to start the relaxing part of your day, when you have kids it often does not exactly feel like that. The daily challenge: identify kid-friendly healthy dinners that leave all plates empty when the meal is finished and their hearts full of joy after munching on a tasty dish.

To accomplish that, you have to first unlock the “What’s for dinner?” challenge, before you can proceed to the next level. However, “What’s for dinner?” is not merely a simple question that can be answered by glancing in the fridge and see what’s there; no, it instantly catapults you into a complicated science experiment.

When kids are part of the equation, it’s not just about what might be a smart and healthy choice for dinner – but it’s also about keeping everyone happy (mom, dad AND the kids). Sure, you could prepare steamed veggies with rice and a green side salad, but would this create a nice atmosphere around the dining table or is mutiny by your disgruntled tiny tribe the more likely reaction? This means that it’s all about discovering the sweet spot between tasty, healthy, quick and easy to create a nice family meal.

Check out these ten tried-and-tested kid-friendly healthy dinners to make the final meal of the day a happy occasion for everyone. The recipes featured here all more or less fall into the low carb soul food category, if you were to attach a label to them. All of the recipes only require 30 minutes or less active preparation time on your end and you will be richly rewarded with a tasty and healthy home-cooked meal with each of them. That’s a promise.


10 kid-friendly healthy dinners to try out this week



Zucchini waffles with sundried tomato ricotta dip

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- Preparation time: 30 min (plus 10-15 min resting time for the zucchini)
- Suitable for meal prep: yes
- Suitable for freezing: yes


Veggie galette with goat cheese

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- Preparation time: 20 min (plus 1 hr 15 min resting time for the zucchini)
- Suitable for meal prep: yes
- Suitable for freezing: yes

Stuffed Lasagna Pepper

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- Preparation time: 30 min (plus 30 min in the oven)
- Suitable for meal prep: yes
- Suitable for freezing: no


Greek feta veggie casserole

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- Preparation time: 20 min (plus 25 min in the oven)
- Suitable for meal prep: yes
- Suitable for freezing: no


Stuffed sweet potato with broccoli and feta

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- Preparation time: 20 min (plus 40 min in the oven)
- Suitable for meal prep: yes
- Suitable for freezing: no


Ricotta Zucchini Spinach Dumplings

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- Preparation time: 45 min 
- Suitable for meal prep: yes
- Suitable for freezing: yes


Cauliflower pizza

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Preparation time: 15 min (plus 30 min in the oven)
– Suitable for meal prep: yes
– Suitable for freezing: no


Stuffed pepper with broccoli rice and beef

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Preparation time: 15 min (plus 30 min in the oven)
– Suitable for meal prep: yes
– Suitable for freezing: no


Sweet potato beef stir fry

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Preparation time: 25 min
– Suitable for meal prep: yes
– Suitable for freezing: yes


Broccoli rice cookies

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Preparation time: 20 min (plus 25 min in the oven)
– Suitable for meal prep: yes
– Suitable for freezing: yes


Enjoyed the kid-friendly healthy dinners featured in this article and want for more? Check out the healthy food section on this blog.