Asian Meatballs

Makes about 36 meatballs


  • 8 medium fresh shiitake mushrooms, minced (or 8 dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated)

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • ¾ cup minced carrots (original recipe uses sweet potatoes)

  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1½ tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly-ground black pepper



 1.   Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 375°F.

2.   Finely mince the mushrooms, shallot, carrots, and cilantro.

3.   Combine the ground beef, fish sauce, tomato paste, and the minced veggies and herbs in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

4.   Thoroughly mix all the ingredients with your hands.

5.   Form uniform balls using your hands to roll out meatballs (~1½ inches in diameter).

6.   Line the meatballs onto the two lined baking sheets and bake each tray for 15-20 minutes, rotating the tray half way through to ensure even cooking.

What are the benefits of this dish?

 There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to grass-fed beef, but let us focus on why it is a healthy, nutrient-dense food choice.

Grass-fed red meat is considered a very good source of protein and contains a for of iron that is especially well absorbed by the body. In addition to iron, it also contains vitamin D and other minerals such a as zinc, important to support the immune system, and selenium, which provides antioxidant protection.

Red meat is also a rich source B vitamins and of hard-to-find vitamin B12, which is vital for proper function of almost every system in our body, including the nervous system and for cardiovascular health.

SOURCE: Nom Nom Paleo