I am guilty of not getting enough protein in my diet and need to take every chance I can to pack extra grams in where I can. These #KetoFriendly meatballs can be served as an appetizer, between meal snack, light lunch main with a salad or vegetables, or even added to a sauce with zoodles for a perfect #KetoMeal. Of course, if you aren’t Keto, feel free to add them to any rice, potato, or pasta dish you choose!
Protein Packed Meatballs
- 1 Pound 80/20 Ground Beef
- 1 Scoop Unflavored Whey Protein Powder (I use Amazon Elements Grass-Fed 100% Whey Protein Isolate)
- 1/2 of a 10 Ounce Can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies®
- 1 Large Egg (I use Eggland’s Best Cage Free Brown Eggs)
- 2 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves (it’s fine to leave stems)
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Sea Salt
- 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Olive Oil Cooking Spray
Combine everything except the ground beef in the container for your blender, food processor, or Vitamix. Set your speed to the lowest, or start with a pulse, to begin chopping your spinach up. Once the spinach is broken down, turn the speed up to medium to make sure your ingredients are combined but not liquified. It should only take about 15 – 20 seconds.
Put your ground beef into a medium mixing bowl and pour/scrape the blender contents on top. I put on rubber gloves at this point and use my hands to mix everything thoroughly.
Give the bottom of the basket of your air fryer a very light, quick spritz with olive oil spray. Roll balls with about 1 TBLS of the meat mixture (doesn’t have to be exact) and set them into your air fryer basket. Leave a bit of space between them, you want the air to circulate around them so they cook evenly.
When you’ve filled your basket with 12-15 about 1″ meatballs (that’s how many fit in my Dash Deluxe 6 Qt Air Fryer basket), set your timer for 9 minutes at 375° F.
Shake your basket at about 6 minutes to make sure the bottoms release and get browned. When they’re lightly browned all over, remove them from the basket and cook the rest of the meatballs. You should end up with about 30.
If desired, serve with your favorite low-carb / sugar free marinara sauce. Some good ones are Rao’s, Newman’s Own and Yo Mama’s. You can see all of them (and their nutrition information) at this link. #ThisGirlLovesToEat
Nutrition Information (Serving Size 5 Meatballs)
- 231 Calories
- 15 g Fat
- <1 g Carbs
- 18 g Protein