Slow Cooker Lebanese Meatballs

Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time5 hours

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Servings8

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

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. Maeve Avatar
    Maeve

    My little victory is getting to the gym and running my little butt to tears! :)

  2. Liz D Avatar
    Liz D

    Staying hydrated and walking! And now maybe eating meatballs…

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    Sarah

    My little victory is cleaning the house before everyone got up this morning!

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    Edie

    Actually got on the treadmill today instead of just planning on doing it.

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    Adriana Acevedo

    My victory for today is getting a 45 minute workout in!

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    Angie Jerde

    I had today off of work and got a ton of stuff done…that is a huge victory for me!

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    Louis

    Great gift for my family..

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    Jenna

    my little victory is getting to the gym and planning a healthy dinner. I’ll probably have to try these meatballs this week.

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    Joan Kubes

    My #LittleVictories are organising drawers and cupboards one at a time this month.

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    Stacie Fontinell

    My victory for today is that i really cleaned the house! It needed it!

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    Ashley Johnson

    My victory is finally cleaning out a closet this morning that I’ve been meaning to tackle for the last month.

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    Andrea M

    I made my workout goal for the week!

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    She Rocks Fitness

    I made a delicious Healthy Skoop smoothie this morning and added extra Kale for an additional punch of nutrition. Thanks for the great giveaway and have a beautiful day!

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    Jess @hellotofit

    Made it to yoga class this past weekend. Yay!

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    Sandra

    I prepped a big bowl of fruit to snack on for the week

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    Dannielle

    I’ve gone almost a month without added sugar. Now to start eliminating the more processed carbs: haven’t quite been able to totally the up bread.

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    Cheri

    Going to go lift weights right now.

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    LindaB

    I have stopped drinking soda (diet) and stopped eating processed foods. Oh, and I drink at least 1 cup of green tea a day.

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    Linda Soma

    My little victory is pushing and making 2.5 miles walking everyday. I was at 2 miles for a long time before I managed 2.5 this morning!!!1

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    Linda Jobe Williams

    All gifts are great. Thanks for the chance to win. Making your slow cooker Lebanese meatballs tonight…

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.