I think this is the third meatball recipe I’ve posted so far on We’re Talking About Food. Why? Because meatballs are delicious. Super versatile and easy to prepare, you can literally cook them a million different ways. On (yet another) cold day like today, I wanted a hearty dish that had some spice going on. Enter coconut curry meatballs!
Benefits of Consuming Coconut
For a while, coconut had a bad rap in the nutritional world. High in saturated fat, it was linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and weight gain. But thanks to the Paleo diet, coconut has revived itself as part of a healthy diet. If you’re still not sure about the coconut bandwagon, keep these three facts in mind:
- Coconut helps you lose weight–Ever heard the saying that fat burns fat? When it comes to coconut, this saying runs true! Because the body can’t absorb coconut fat/oil directly, it is forced to metabolize it immediately. This creates a complete boost in the metabolism, allowing you to burn more fat. Anyone on a weight loss journey is encouraged to consume regular amounts of coconut oil. Just don’t go overboard! As with any food, moderation is key.
- Coconut is heart healthy–Remember how doctors once believed saturated fat was the culprit of all health? Guess again! New studies are showing that the hormone homocystine, an overall inflammatory chemical in the body, might be partially responsible for heart disease. We’re also learning that saturated fat from animals operates differently from saturated fats found in plants. So, unless your under specific medical supervision to watch your saturated fat intake, the literature is onto saying that coconut benefits heart health.
- Coconut is great for your skin–You’ve heard before that for your skin to be fresh and soft, hydration comes from within. While it’s true that you need to consume adequate amounts of water, coconut (specifically coconut water) is super hydrating! Add it to smoothies or drink it post-workout for the ultimate form of hydration.
Coconut Curry Meatballs
I couldn’t get really creative with the title of this recipe. But I assure you it tastes good! The combination of hot and sweet is fantastic. Remember that you can make your curry to your liking, adding and taking away spice as you deem fit.
For the meatballs:
1 pound lean ground beef (93/7)
1 cup rice cereal squares, ground finely in a high speed blender
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coriander
salt and pepper to taste
For the curry:
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp coriander
1 heaping tbsp hot chili powder (or jalapeno diced)
1/4 tsp cinammon
1/4 cup lime juice
1 can lite coconut milk
1 small can tomato paste
Water as needed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp coconut sugar/honey
1. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. Form into small, 1-inch balls. Set aside.
2. Sautee onion with oil. Add garlic, ginger, and all spices and cook 3-5 minutes. Add lime juice, entire can of tomato paste, and enough water to coat (about 1 cup). Stir to combine.
3. Keep adding water as needed until the sauce is a consistency you like (about another 1/2-3/4 cup). Add coconut milk and coconut sugar/honey and bring mixture to a medium boil. Add coconut milk and continue to let the mixture boil slightly.
4. Add the meatballs to the curry. Let them cook thoroughly, approximately 25 minutes. Continue to let the meatballs and curry boil at a low simmer for another hour. Let curry cook until the meatballs are tender and the curry is to the consistency of your liking.
I love this curry because it’s super simple to make. Taking inspiration from Thai as well as Indian cuisine, this is a dish I’m sure everyone will enjoy!