In IKEA you can buy Swedish meatballs, and those are awesome. In Scandinavia they are somewhat known as the meatballs, even if the Danish version is slightly different. Lately, the increased focus on eating less red meat has inspired many dishes to be rethought and created with other meats. We are massive fans of red meat in our home, but we are getting better at focusing on seafood and poultry (but we will never ever stop eating red meat). Personally, I think red meat is still good for you in limited amounts. Eating it once or twice per week will not harm you. Seafood and poultry are good if you are trying to cut (training), as they are absorbed faster compared to meats like pork and beef. Again, in our household we believe in balance. We also believe in protein and in eating meat. Another growing trend is Veganism and Vegetarianism. We definitely support and respect these trends as well, but choose not to live that way. We hope people can support and respect that too.
This recipe is a result of minced chicken being discounted, and me wanting to play around with spices and veggies. They turned out juicy and had plenty of taste. Occasionally I find minced chicken to be “tasteless”. This time around I was very happy with the result, and my boyfriend swallowed the meatballs right up. As a bonus they are made in the oven, which excludes the use of frying fat.
- 800 gr minched chicken
- 1 red onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 3 carrots
- 1 zucchini (green)
- 1 egg
- 1 dl oats
- All round spice, salt and pepper
As you may notice I do not have measurements on the amount of spice – go with your gut feeling. Most vegetables can be used for these meatballs. A suggestion is to add celery because they provide such great taste!
- Mix the meat and spices then…
- Blend all veggies and add (do not overblend) oats and egg. Add more oats if the meat is too watery.
- Make the meatballs (I got 18 or 1 baking pan).
- Put in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
I would serve these with a green salad and sweet potato mash. Get cooking!