Easy, delicious, and GAPS Intro Diet friendly, these spinach garlic meatballs are sure to become a family favorite. And they have the added bonus of being made in the Instant Pot!
GAPS… with a chance of meatballs.
As delicious as those dishes are, they’re sadly not compliant with the GAPS Intro Diet. Not that much really is...
But if there’s one thing I learned on my first short stint with the diet, it’s that if you have to partially live off boiled beef, meatballs are the way to go. They’re easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to store as leftovers and reheat. All these things make them perfect for a super crazy diet… or any other time of life, really.
For the first week of GAPS stage 1, I was pretty boring with my meatballs. Just plain ol’ beef with salt. Not that it’s bad, but it does get old pretty quickly when you’re eating it every other day. So I did something that surprised myself.
I added spinach.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love spinach… when it’s fresh. You know, like in a nice salad, or hidden in a delicious smoothie. But cooked spinach is another thing altogether. Cooked spinach and I do not really get along that well.
But hidden in these tasty little meatballs, paired with a hefty dose of minced garlic, it’s divine.
All the GAPS stages.
Even though these are a GAPS intro stage 1 meal, I’ve been eating them on every stage after that, as well! They’re that good. And I don’t just eat them for lunches and dinners, they make a pretty good breakfast, too. 😉
If you’re on the higher intro stages, or not on GAPS at all, you can add in some fresh herbs, like parsley and/or basil. But that’s totally just for fun. These spinach & garlic meatballs are good just as is!
And just in case you’re wondering, Dr. Natasha doesn’t recommend cooking all your GAPS food in a pressure cooker, but every now and again it won’t hurt. You do a lot of cooking on the GAPS diet, and it’s okay to give yourself a little break. I like to use the Instant Pot for these meatballs and to make my bone broth.
If you’re not convinced, or don’t have an Instant Pot/pressure cooker, you can just boil these in a covered pot, like normal meatballs.
Stage 1 safe foods.
Need more recipes for stage 1 of the GAPS diet? Here are a few more…
- Healing Ginger Lemon Gummies
- DIY Pumpkin Puree in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
- 1-Ingredient Carrot Fettuccini
- Homemade 24-Hour Yogurt in the Instant Pot
- 2-Ingredient Squash Custard
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Spinach & Garlic Meatballs in the Instant Pot
Free of grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
- 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
- 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen spinach
- 1/4 cup minced garlic
- real salt & pepper, to taste
- 4 large carrots
- bone broth
Chop the carrots into 1/2 inch chunks and place in the Instant Pot pot. Cover with bone broth.
In a large bowl, mix and mash the beef, spinach, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.
Roll into golf ball-ish sized balls, or whatever size you want. Place meatballs on top of the carrots.
Close the pressure cooker lid and set the vent to ‘sealed.’
Press ‘manual’ and set the time to 20 minutes.
When the Instant Pot is done, quick release the pressure.
Serve as a soup, or with the carrots and meatballs on a plate, and the broth in a mug.