Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs

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A fun twist on the comfort food classic, your family will love these naturally gluten free Lebanese meatballs seasoned with cinnamon, all-spice and toasted pine nuts. 

Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs (Gluten Free) - The Lemon Bowl

January is half-way over, how are you feeling? Are you staying hydrated? Getting enough exercise? Beating those winter blues?


Look, I’m not going to kid you. Change isn’t easy. We are habitual creatures and stepping out of our comfort zone isn’t always in our nature but I urge you to stay focused. After all, it only takes 6 weeks to form a habit so stay the course. Trust the process.

Jacob Eating Lunch

Ever since having Jacob, who turns into a pumpkin by 6:46PM every night like clockwork, the slow cooker has become my saving grace. I know I used it a lot after having Asher but with two toddlers I use it more than ever before.

Food Processor Meatballs - The Lemon Bowl

On a perfect day, we spend a couple of hours at the gym in the morning and then I put dinner in the slow cooker while they are eating lunch (ideally one I prepped ahead on the weekend.) This symphonic harmony doesn’t always happen but with a little planning and thought, it happens more often than not.

Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs {Gluten Free} - The Lemon Bowl

If you love traditional Italian meatballs, I know you’ll love this Lebanese inspired version scented with warm cinnamon, all spice and toasted pine nuts. They don’t have any bread crumbs so they are naturally gluten free and low carb.

Lebanese Salad - The Lemon Bowl

Serve with bulgur wheat or Lebanese Rice Pilaf and a giant Lebanese Green Salad dressed with plenty of za’atar, garlic and fresh lemon juice. Parent Tip: If you stir in a bit of cucumber yogurt sauce or plain yogurt, the meatballs will cool down right away so your hungry monsters don’t burn their little tongues.

Gluten Free Lebanese Meatballs - The Lemon Bowl

Don’t forget, it only takes 6 weeks to create a life-forming habit. Each day, make a few good decisions then do it again tomorrow.

Stay the course. Trust the process. You’ve got this.

Your fork is waiting.

Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs (Gluten Free) - The Lemon Bowl

Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs

4.50 stars average
Your family will love these naturally gluten-free Lebanese meatballs seasoned with cinnamon, all-spice, and toasted pine nuts.
PREP: 1 hour
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 5 hours



  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (93% lean)
  • 1 large onion (diced – divided)
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 4 tablespoons All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend (divided)
  • 32 ounce can tomato puree
  • 32 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Lebanese Rice Pilaf and plain yogurt – to serve


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spread pine nuts out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until pine nuts are toasted, 5-6 minutes; set aside.
  • Keep the oven heated to 350 while you prepare the meatballs.
  • Using a food processor, pulse together ground turkey, 1/2 of the onion (about 1/2 cup diced), parsley and 1/2 of the All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend (2 tablespoons) until smooth. If you have trouble getting the mixture to combine, add one or two tablespoons of ice water while pulsing.
  • Line two baking sheets with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop the meatballs using a small cooking scoop and divide evenly between both trays. Bake until half-way cooked, about 10 minutes.
  • Place partially-cooked meatballs in the slow cooker and add in toasted pine nuts, remaining 1/2 cup diced onion, remaining 2 tablespoons All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend, tomato puree and crushed tomatoes. Stir once to combine then cover and heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  • Serve over Lebanese Rice Pilaf with a dollop of plain yogurt on top.

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If you don’t want to make the All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend, simply use 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.


Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 27.4gProtein: 27.7gFat: 14.6gSaturated Fat: 3.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10.9gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 1006mgFiber: 6.2gSugar: 14.3g
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56 responses to “Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs”

  1. Ally Avatar

    My victory? Eating real food for lunch instead of just crap :)

  2. Malki Avatar

    Took the entire family for a walk.

  3. Bernie Avatar

    I have been using My Fitness Pal to record my food and Sports Tracker App to record my walks. Helps to see what I have consumed (most days – I don’t do it daily)

  4. Linh Burgi Avatar
    Linh Burgi

    I have been able to meet my daily goal of eating 5-6 smaller meals a day…and I feel great!

  5. Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen Avatar
    Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

    I would loveee new cookware! Esp for food photography

  6. Melissa Avatar

    I have been working on meal planning and am amazed at how much it helps with the budget and stress on busy nights.

  7. Jessica Avatar

    Today I’ve already vacuumed, done laundry AND made guacamole for the PATS game tonight!!

  8. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance Avatar
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    My victory for the day is getting up bright and early to shoot a few recipes, got a work out in, and catching up on emails!

  9. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats Avatar
    Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats

    I’ve recently started back on WW….it is going well!

  10. Nikki R. Avatar
    Nikki R.

    I love so much that you make Lebanese food. Reminds me of my childhood!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Awww I’m so glad Nikki!!