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    Guiltless Meatballs with Kale, Bacon, Garlic & Onion

    We have a new baby in the family! Our cousin, Diana gave birth to a beautiful  baby boy earlier this week. Diana is a rockstar - an amazing mom of 2 now, junior high school teacher and the most organized meal planner I know! She feeds her family nutritious and creative meals, and she's completely gluten-free. 

    We're bringing them dinner tonight to celebrate the new baby's arrival and to help make sure momma gets to spend as much time where she belongs, loving on her new baby, and not cooking in the kitchen! We're bringing them roasted vegetables and a batch of these delicious meatballs which are popular with everyone, including toddlers (like her almost 3 year old daughter) and her ranch-loving husband, too. I sent her a text and asked if bacon was okay in their meatballs, and her husband John responded, "duh!" Lol!  If you prefer turkey bacon, it would work just fine in this recipe, and ground turkey instead of beef would work, too! 

     

    Ingredients:

    4 slices bacon, chopped

    1 cup kale, chopped, thick stems removed

    1/2 large red onion, diced

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    2 slices Guiltless Sandwich Bread, toasted 

    1 1/2 lbs grass-fed ground beef

    1 egg

    1 tsp sea salt

    1/2 tsp black pepper

    1 tbs oregano 

     

    Directions:

    1. Cook bacon in a skillet on medium heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to plate lined with paper towels. Drain off bacon renderings, leaving about 2 tbs in pan. 

    2. Add kale to skillet with bacon renderings, until wilted about one minute. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic to skillet and cook until soft and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes more. Transfer mixture to large mixing bowl. 

    3. Chop cooked bacon and add to bowl with onion mixture. Add ground beef to bowl. 

    4. Break toasted Guiltless Bread into large pieces then cut down into bread crumbs pieces using a large chef's knife. Add bread crumbs to bowl with meat and onion mixture. 

    5. Crack egg into bowl. Season with sea salt, pepper and oregano. 

    6. Preheat broiler. 

    7. Mix meat mixture with hands thoroughly. Form into balls and place on baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Makes about 20-21 medium-large meatballs. Leave a little room in between meatballs so they're not touching. 

    8. Broil meatballs for 6 minutes on top side. Using tongs, flip meat balls over and cook 6 more minutes on other side. 

    9. Remove from oven, cool for a few minutes and enjoy!