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I love it when I successfully trick my DH into eating foods he doesn’t think he likes. This recipe contains a vegetable he just can’t get into – eggplant – and if he noticed it, he didn’t mention it.

Gluten-free, primal


Primal Eggplant Meatballs

1 lb. grass fed ground beef
1 large eggplant
2 large cloves garlic
Fresh parsley
1 lemon
1/4 c. hard cheese (I used sheep pecorino)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 Tbsp. dukkah
1/2 tsp. ras el hanout
Kosher salt & black pepper

First, bake the eggplant. Cube, toss with fat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes, flipping once during cooking.

Pull and cool.

When cool, combine 1.5 cups of the eggplant with the ground beef, minced garlic (2 Tbsp.), chopped parsley (2 Tbsp.), the zest of the lemon, the juice of the lemon, cheese, and spices. Hit with a big pinch salt and a few grinds black pepper.

Turn into golf ball sized meatballs and brown over medium-high heat.

Serves 3 – 4, depending upon what you serve these with.