A fun bite-sized version of meatballs that my younger son loves (a feat, believe me). Crispy, garlicky, herby and totally delicious. Over sautéed greens or on their own with Spicy Tomato Sauce – a great meal for grown-ups that kids dig too.
1 lb. organic ground chicken breast
1 organic egg
1/2 cup organic parmesan cheese
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. dried basil
1/4 t. sea salt
1 T. olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and gently knead (as little as possible) with your hands until thoroughly combined.
- Form into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, turning meatballs after 15 minutes.
There are so many labels on poultry and eggs these days, here’s a quick breakdown:
Hormone-Free: Means nothing. By law, chickens and turkeys are never fed hormones in the United States.
Antibiotic-Free: Self-explanatory. Birds were raised without being fed antibiotics. There are varying opinions about whether this is a good thing or not. I err on the side of “good thing” and try to purchase from a trusted source.
Cage-Free: Birds have been raised in open barns, but those barns may have been quite crowded.
Free-Range: Birds were housed in barns that allow some space for moving around and spreading their wings. It’s possible that they’ve spent time outdoors, but more likely that they’ve been allowed access to an outdoor coop.
Organic: This is a government (USDA) regulated term that means the product you’re buying comes from animals that are fed their natural, organically-grown, antibiotic-free diet and have access to fresh air and sunlight.
Ideally, we would be purchasing meat and eggs from our trusted farmer down the road. This isn’t practical for most of us – perhaps someday. Until then, try to purchase “certified organic” when available and affordable.
TOTAL FAT 12G
SAT FAT 3G
DIABETIC EXCHANGES: 1 STARCH, 6 MEAT, 1 FAT