Grandma’s Cookbook – Meatballs (Gluten Free)

It’s time again to turn to my grandmother’s 1940 cookbook for inspiration.  April almost got away from me but I made it just under the wire.  I’ve mentioned before that my husband has wheat sensitivities so we use some gluten free products.  I’ve tried to make a good meatball for years but with little success.  I’m glad I gave it one more try by using one of the cookbook’s recipes as a guide.  We use Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Noodles. You can find the other posts in this series by clicking  Jan, Feb and March   

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Italian Meatballs
These meatballs don't fall apart and can be frozen for easy use in future meals and real timesaver
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  1. 1 pound ground beef (preferable grass fed)
  2. 1/2 pound organic ground turkey or chicken
  3. 1-2 Tbsp ground oregano
  4. 2 tsp onion powder
  5. 2 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 egg
  8. 2 Tbsp of tomato paste
  9. 2 1/2 cups of Gluten free bread crumbs (I used Glutino)
  10. 1/4 cup milk (I used Silk almond milk)
  1. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the meat, gluten free bread crumbs, tomato sauce and seasonings together in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl mix the egg and milk together.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the meat and using hands - mix well.
  5. Form meatballs into the size desired - I made ping pong size balls by using a small scoop and then rolling into balls.
  6. Preheat 350 degrees
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  8. Place meatballs on lined cookie sheet
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cut one in half to test for doneness.
  10. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap and place in freezer for several hours.
  11. Remove from freezer and place in Freezer containers - mark your bag or container with title and date made.
  12. When ready to use - let sit in refrigerator for a day to thaw a bit and then follow the Cook Now directions.
  1. These meatballs can be made in a non gluten free version by using cracker or bread crumbs. Look for a whole wheat bread crumb.
Adapted from The Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook
Adapted from The Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook
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GC-Meatballs-Glutino Breadcrumbs
This is the product I used in place of the cracker crumbs Grandma’s recipe used – they worked great.

Mixing everything up.

I used a scoop to portion out the meat. You can find scooper OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

Then I use the best tools there are – my hands to roll into balls.  You can find precut parchment paper liners Parchment Paper Pan Liner – 12″ x 16″, 100 Pack

GC-Meatballs-In Sauce
Place browned meatballs in sauce to finish cooking.

Spaghetti Sauce - Mezzetta
This is my favorite prepared sauce – I can usually find it at Safeway.

Here is my favorite homemade spaghetti sauce recipe.


Grandma's Cookbook


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Today was spent watching over my husband as he heals from shoulder surgery, baking a crustless pie – (I know it sounds weird but it’s so good), going for a swim, spending time with my daughter and grandson and finishing up Deliciously Inspired’s new Pinterest site.  

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Spaghetti Sauce Recipe can be found HERE

I’m pretty excited because this means that Deliciously Inspired now has an official Pinterest site and is organized by boards (one for cakes, main dishes, beverages, etc.)  I hope you’ll Follow Me on the new site and that you like what you see.  I was able to get a good quantity of posts transferred over but I made sure I stepped away from the computer so I didn’t miss out on moments like these…

Water and Bubbles – Can it get anymore fun?  


 Well – maybe with a bite of Grandma’s birthday dessert (Peach Melba Crustless Custard Pie)

Peach Melba Custard Pie 

or a homemade popsicle (Banana, Blueberries, Peaches and Coconut Milk) just for me (Recipe is coming soon)

Caden - Popsicle - 6-30-13


Spaghetti Sauce

In our home my husband creates the tomato sauce that is used on our pasta.  He makes a large quantity of this amazing recipe so portions can be placed in freezer Ziploc bags for future use.

Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce
Yields 12
Simple ingredients - amazing taste.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
  1. 1- 1/2 onion, chopped
  2. 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  3. 1/3 cup olive oil
  4. 3/4 cup red wine, good quality
  5. 5 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  1. In a large dutch onion saute onion and garlic over medium heat until transparent.
  2. Add wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  3. Add tomatoes. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Cover for an hour. Then remove cover for 2 hours until desired consistency.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve over pasta - We like Trader Joe's Brown Rice Pasta.
  7. Serving suggestion - top with fresh basil and sliced Kalamata olives.
  8. Meat can be added if desired.
  1. Freezes well.
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