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Moroccan Meatballs
with roasted cauliflower / green beans

Active: 45 min Total: 45 min

Juicy ground beef meatballs in a velvety tomato sauce are seasoned with a homemade Moroccan spice mix of coriander, paprika, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. Served with roasted green beans and cauliflower on the side - this is a comforting way to start the week!
Smarts:The egg in the meatballs acts as a binder to hold the ingredients together. To keep the meatballs tender, try not to overmix.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Moroccan Meatballs (for 2 nights):
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Beef, ground - 2 lbs
  • Eggs - 1
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Moroccan Meatballs with Sauce:
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
Moroccan Spice Mix:
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Roasted Cauliflower and Green Beans:
  • Green beans - 16 oz, trimmed
  • Cauliflower, florets - 16 oz, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Green beans / Cauliflower / Parsley (for meatballs and meatballs in sauce) / Garlic - Prep as directed. Combine green beans and cauliflower. Store remaining ingredients separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make spice mix - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) Combine coriander, smoked paprika, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make meatballs - (This makes enough for two nights.) Combine parsley (portion for just meatballs), ground beef, eggs, salt, and black pepper. Form into 1.5” / 3.75 cm wide meatballs. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C degrees.
  2. Arrange green beans and cauliflower on a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil (portion for vegetables) and some salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Roast vegetables in the oven, stirring halfway through cooking, until tender and the edges of the cauliflower florets are brown and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. While vegetables roast, heat a large skillet with a lid over medium high heat. Add oil (portion for meatballs in sauce) and then meatballs and saute until cooked on the outsides, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add spice mix (reserve half if doubled) and garlic to meatballs and stir until fragrant, ~1 minute more. Pour tomatoes over top and cover with a lid. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Simmer meatballs until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. When meatballs are cooked through, use a slotted spoon to remove half the meatballs for Thursday night’s meal (no need to reserve any sauce).
  8. To remaining meatballs / sauce, taste and season the sauce with some salt and pepper.
  9. Squeeze lemon juice over roasted vegetables.
  10. Serve meatballs and sauce with roasted vegetables on the side. Finish with parsley (portion for meatballs in sauce) sprinkled over the meatballs. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (76)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (19)
Vegetarian (15)

65 reviews

This was pretty easy and the flavor was wonderful the next day. It definitely needed extra salt.

By: Katherine
Posted: Dec 27, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Flavors were good but meatballs were a bit dry - this could have very well been a cook error :)

By: Amanda
Posted: Dec 18, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I thought the meatballs were a bit bland and dry, next time I’d maybe add another egg and put spices in the meatball mixture itself. I made the full amount of meatballs and doubled the spices and tomato sauce, since I didn’t make the other meatball meal. The sauce was really good. I ended up making a shakshuka for breakfast with the leftover sauce and cut up meatballs, plus sour cream, and it was really good. Recommend serving with sour cream generally.

By: Rachel
Posted: Dec 17, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

The spices were relatively subtle here, but still really good. I removed all the meatballs after they cooked and simmered the sauce for a while with the lid off, because it was really thin after cooking according to the recipe directions.

By: Melissa
Posted: Dec 16, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Meatballs were really tasty in the sauce. Maybe my "simmer" was too low as we had to cook an extra 5 minutes before they were no longer pink in the middle.

By: Sundi
Posted: Dec 16, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

5 stars for the meatballs and sauce. So good! I doubled the spice mix and used half in the meatballs themselves and the rest in the sauce.

By: Laura
Posted: Dec 16, 2018
Diet: Original
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