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What's For Dinner? Bar-B-Qued Turkey Meatballs with Pumpkin Sauce

Posted Aug 13 2009 7:52pm

My mother is a great cook and I strive to be just like her. Recently she shared a recipe with me that she and my daddy had really enjoyed eating gluten-free. Since I don't eat tomatoes, dairy or gluten, and red meat hardly ever, we talked about how I could adapt the recipe to fit all my dietary needs. I decided to make a pumpkin sauce, but if you eat tomatoes I have included that option for the lucky you.

I must confess that I usually shy away from recipes like this one, just because I'm kind of funny that I don't like the feel of raw meat all over my hands. Well, I must be growing out of this fetish, because I really like this recipe in spite of the handling of the raw meat. It really tastes delicious to me and I even find them good cold. Well, you might be thinking, how gross to eat these cold, but when I'm hungry and I need quick protein, these work for me. We like how the meatballs are very soft and tender with a bit of tangy flavor with the mild taste of the pumpkin. My boys like them and that makes a dinner that everyone can eat. Hurray!

Bar-B-Qued Turkey Meatballs with Pumpkin Sauce

Meatball Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey thighs or ground meat of your choice
1/2 cup crushed gluten-free cornflakes
2 eggs, optional
1/2 cup coconut milk, light
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
7 drops stevia
1/2 cup pumpkin puree

Mix together and shape into balls. Place in a 9x15-inch baking dish.

Make pumpkin sauce with
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar
7 drops stevia
2 teaspoons agave nectar
water if needed to thin sauce

Or: make tomato sauce with
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar or agave nectar
2 tablespoons onions, chopped

Mix together in a bowl and spoon sauce over meatballs. Bake about 30-35 minutes or until done at 350 degrees.


For more gluten-free dinner recipes check out the "What's For Dinner? Gluten-free Style" Blog Carnival hosted by The Gluten-Free Homemaker . You will find some great gluten-free cooks sharing their great recipes.

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