• 1 1/2 lbs. grass-fed beef
  • 1 small-medium zucchini
  • 1 tbsp. Italian spices
  • 3 tbsp. miso paste or 1 tsp. Himalayan / sea salt for the FreeDiet™ phase 1
  • 1 tbsp. onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • FreeDiet phase 1 see notes

I absolutely love meatballs but when eating clean and having 2 gluten-free family members, it has been nearly impossible to eat them!  That is a tragedy in my household!  So what is an Italian’s wife to do?

Yes, that is right, you create your own gluten and dairy free recipe that makes this tragedy into a happy ending! My husband has 6 {Italian eating} brothers and sisters and half of them have gluten allergies too!  Oh and that doesn’t include the nieces and nephews that over the years finally listened to their ardent Uncle.


Gluten allergies and sensitivities can run in the family so if you personally have an issue with gluten keep an eye on your offspring.  It has been life changing for our family members and a blessing to see them healthier when they {finally} omit gluten from their diet.

I know they wouldn’t mind me sharing some of the crazy symptoms that they experienced.  A few of the teens experienced severe acne, chicken skin, bloating, stomach aches, vomiting and fatigue. While some of Tom’s siblings had symptoms a tad more severe like weight gain, autoimmune disorders, neuropathy and joint pain down to the typical brain fog, bloating and fatigue as well!

Sometimes with a family member, the Doctor can encounter a few run-a-rounds to finally get a loved one to heed your doctorly advice. Even with severe symptoms like the ones listed and Tom’s 1000’s of success stories with other patients over the years.  Thank goodness my husband is patient with all of his patients, family or not.


Miso paste is in the refrigerated section of your health food market. I like the sweet white paste but the red will work too.


I “was” thinking I am kind of like the hero in the family by creating these moist and delicious meatballs but truth be told, I have to agree with my 11 year old daughter who told me her daddy is the real hero in this story because he helps people feel better!

While I do deem she has a point, I most certainly can be a super hero mom of meatballs!  Italian {gluten & dairy free} meatballs anyone?  If you are looking for a paleo & gluten free, moist and simple meatloaf you will love my recipe that inspired these lovely balls of yum!   Also, here is a great article my husband wrote about gluten allergies/sensitivities if you would like more details.

Paleo Meatballs {gluten & dairy free}
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Serves: 14 meatballs

  • 1½ lbs. grass-fed beef
  • 1 small-medium zucchini
  • 1 tbsp. Italian spices
  • 3 tbsp. miso paste or 1 tsp Himalayan / sea salt for the FreeDiet™ phase 1
  • 1 tbsp. onion flakes
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a big bowl add meat, spices and miso paste.
  3. Wash zucchini and using the smallest shredding side of your grater {with skin on} shred zucchini.
  4. Add to the meat and blend all ingredients.
  5. Using about 2 rounded tbsps. roll meat into balls in palm of your hand. Or use ice cream scoop.
  6. You can make them smaller (and have more for appetizers) but you will need to adjust the time.
  7. Be careful not to over cook the grass-fed beef. Cook them 15-20 min. depending on size.

These meatballs are super moist because of the zucchini and flavorful with the miso paste. If using the salt instead of the miso paste, you may need to season when serving them to your taste. You can use the left over miso in soups or dressings too. The great thing about miso is it has a long shelf life {in the refrigerator}. When rolling the meatballs in your hands they will be soft but will firm up after baking them. To make these FreeDiet™ phase 1 compliant omit the miso and add just 1 tsp. sea salt. I usually buy my ground meat fresh but if you buy the standard pre-packaged meat it often comes in only 1 pound packs and this recipe calls for an extra ½ pound. If using less meat use only 2 tbsp. of miso paste. If using salt the 1 tsp. is fine with less meat.. Please use organic ingredients when you can.



I love Simple Organic’s minced onion flakes and add them to many of my recipes!


With a Spoonful of Health,