Chicken Meatballs with Pineapple

Chicken Meatballs with Pineapple

MenoLabs Recipes | Fri, Dec 18, 2020

This sweet and tangy meal is sure to become a favorite of the whole family!

Pineapple is a great source of dietary fiber, which can improve digestive health. On average, one pineapple provides 13 grams of dietary fiber per fruit. If you want to increase the fiber in this meal, try serving it over zucchini noodles.  Fiber is crucial to promoting probiotic health. A fiber-rich diet can help feed your gut microbiome. 

Did You Know

Fiber is crucial to promoting probiotic health. A fiber-rich diet can help feed probiotics. But how does fiber help probiotic health? There are two types of fibers that the body needs: soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers are fibers that easily dissolve in water and turn into a gel-like substance that aids digestion in a number of ways. It can help improve your body's blood glucose levels and may help lower the risk of diabetes.

Insoluble fibers are fibers that do not dissolve in water. These fibers pass through your digestive tract and help soften stool so that waste can pass through your body easier. These fibers primarily help improve and maintain regularity, but they also help support insulin sensitivity, which also decreases the risk of developing diabetes. 

When combined with probiotics, both of these fiber types help properly extract nutrients from food and expel waste from the body with more ease. Both of these fibers are necessary for probiotics to function properly and help prevent excess fats from being stored during a weight loss regimen.

Fiber helps feed your gut microbiome

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 2 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 pineapple, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 4 tbsp. ketchup
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • >1 tbsp. minced ginger
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475.
  2. In a saucepan, bring all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Form the meatballs with your hands, roughly 2 to 3 tbls. per meatball.
  5. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are completely cooked.
  7. In a skillet, cook the diced pineapple for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat, add the chicken meatballs, and pour the pineapple BBQ sauce over the meatballs.
  8. Toss and stir for 4 to 5 minutes, until meatballs are well coated.

(Recipe adapted from Paleo Leap)

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