This has got to be my FAVE recipe that I whipped up this week for meal prep! I had a craving for tuna but I wanted to make something that I could keep fresh all week & then it hit me: TUNA “MEATBALLS”!
I swapped the breadcrumbs for nutritional yeast + psyllium husks for gut health, fibre, B12, plant protein & amino acids! So yes, these babes are completely grain-free! If you’re not a fan of nutritional yeast &/or psyllium husks or you don’t have them on hand, worry not! You can swap ’em out for your fave gluten-free breadcrumbs!
The flavours come together so nicely because I combined sweet & savoury for the perfect blend! We’ve got raw organic honey, nutritional yeast, jalapeno, Dijon & fresh veggies for crunch & freshness!
The mix is ready in under 5 minutes & then all you gotta do is bake ‘em & BAM!
They’re crispy & roasted on the outside & moist, delicious & sweet & spicy on the inside! I can’t wait to use them in bowls & wraps this week! They’re really versatile too – if you don’t want to keep ’em full (BTW, they kind of remind me of falafel, but a tuna version), you can chop them up & throw them into bowls or salads or make a shredded tuna meatball sub or sandwich! The possibilities are endless; let your imagination run wild & have fun with it!
Btw, I get asked a lot what my take on canned tuna is. Tuna is great in moderation but it’s also something that you need to be mindful about when purchasing! It should always be organic, mercury-tested, wild & the cans should be BPA free! To read more about what to look for when buying tuna, search “canned tuna” in the search bar on the homepage or click here: GROCERY TIP: What’s The Verdict on Canned Tuna?!
What are some of the benefits of tuna, you ask? Let me explain!
- High in omega 3 fatty acids, which cannot be produced by the body. They help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce symptoms of any diseases or conditions caused by inflammation, regulate & lower blood cholesterol levels & improve the ratio of good & bad cholesterol, promote gut health, glowy skin & thick hair!
- Rich in protein! One serving of tuna contains 70% more protein than an egg.
- Rich in minerals, such as: iodine & selenium. Selenium activates antioxidant enzyme glutathione in the body, which protects us from free radicals & disease-invading agents that can cause certain types of cancer.
- Rich in vitamin A, B6 & folic acid. Vitamin A is essential for skin health, immunity, growth, vision & reproductive system, while B6 + folic acid are known for promoting heart health.
- It also contains magnesium & potassium.
- Tuna helps improve brain cognitive function due to its B complex & omega-4 content.
- It also helps improve hormone insulin response, again, due to its omega-4 content. EPAs (a form of omega-3 that is easily absorbed by the body) contributes to healthy weight & metabolism of the body.
- Lastly, selenium & omega-3 work together to help detoxify the liver & maintain adequate liver health in the body. The liver is the primary detoxification organ in the body – everything that goes into our bodies is filtered through the liver & proper liver health is crucial to skin health, digestive health & to ensuring that the body is adequately able to digest macronutrients from food.
- 2 cans wild organic skipjack tuna (I use @safecatchfoods)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup psyllium husks
- If you prefer, swap the nutritional yeast & psyllium husks for gluten-free breadcrumbs!
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, diced finely
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- 1 tbsp. raw organic Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp. raw organic unpasteurized honey
- Sea salt & black pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 350F & line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl & mix until combined. Mixture should hold together when you portion it in your hands & roll it into a meatball shape.
- Place the meatballs on the baking sheet & bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until browned & crispy on the outside.