Gluten-Free Teriyaki Meatball Bowls (paleo option)
Easy, teriyaki meatball bowls make the perfect weeknight dinner! A 30-minute meal that's easy to customize. These teriyaki meatballs with rice are tender, simple, and flavorful. Further, they're topped with a sticky, homemade teriyaki sauce these meatball bowls can also be made paleo if needed! Likewise, the teriyaki meatballs themselves make an easy meal prep recipe too!
Keeping dinnertime staple is kind of my whole life jam. No one wants to hear "what's for dinner tonight" at 4:30pm. Thus, this is why I rely on easy, healthy, 30-minute dinner recipes to survive.
And meatballs with rice are a house favorite!
Normally, I whip up a double batch so that we not only have dinner that night but also lunch for the next day. Moreover, even my 5 year old loves to take meatballs with her to school. The reasons we love them are that:
- bowls are easy to customize (different veggies or options if you're paleo)
- dinner is ready in thirty minutes
- teriyaki sauce is delicious
- they're healthy! Protein-packed and simple.
How To Make The Bowls Paleo
While the meatballs themselves are paleo (as is the teriyaki sauce, coconut sugar is paleo), obviously serving them on top of rice is not. However, there's an easy solution: cauliflower rice!
Cauliflower rice is a super simple way to not only get more veggies into your diet. Likewise, it also helps to lighten the carb load on a dish. I use cauliflower rice the most when making Buddha bowls but it works as a side dish too.
Plus, aside from grating the cauliflower, it's a really simple recipe (six ingredients and that includes salt and pepper).
Switching Up The Veggies
One of the reasons we like teriyaki meatballs on rice is that the dish is easy to customize. It's shown here with peppers sauteed in sesame oil but it's just as easy to make this healthy dinner with anything else! Personally, we switch it up between:
- steamed broccoli
- roasted carrots or brussels
- roasted cauliflower
Thus, use what you have on hand and it makes the recipe simple.
A Hack To Cook Meatballs (No Grease!)
The biggest meatball hack you'll ever learn silicone pyramid baking mat.
You can see in the video that I use a red silicone mat to cook the meatballs. After years of cooking meatballs either directly on the pan (in which they sit in the grease- ew) or having to pre-cook the grease off before baking them, my mom got me this mat.
And it was a game-changer.
It allows the grease from the meatballs to drain off so they're not sitting in it. Furthermore, it's silicone so super easy to clean. Honestly, it's been one of the things I use most in the kitchen!
How To Meal Prep The Recipe
Want to make dinnertime, even more, hacks to make meal prep easier simple? Prep your meatballs and the rice ahead of time! One of my staples is to always have cooked rice or grain in the fridge (like quinoa for these meal-prep friendly quinoa and veggie wraps)
While it's not necessary but it does save twenty-five minutes after work. Likewise, you can prep the meatballs ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you're ready to cook them.
We've even made them in big batches and frozen them (freeze raw!) as part of my postpartum meal prep! Indeed, meatballs make the easiest meal prep recipe.
30 Healthy Dinner Ideas In Under 30 Minutes
If you’re looking for even easier, healthy dinner recipes, check out The Busy Moms E-Cookbook,- simple dinners for busy moms where I’ve gathered 30 healthy dinner recipes that can be made in thirty minutes or less.
From easy vegan tacos to beef and quinoa chili, simple chicken pasta to a bok choy and mushroom bowl. Likewise, these dinner recipes share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All of the recipes are dairy-free or could easily be made dairy-free
- The majority of the recipes are gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients not fillers
- They’re all tasty!
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For the meatballs
- 1 lb ground beef
- ⅛ cup potato starch
- 1 clove garlic, finely grated
- 1.5 inches fresh ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free soya sauce
For the homemade teriyaki sauce
- ⅓ cup soya sauce
- ⅛ cup coconut palm sugar
- ½ water
- ½ tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1.5 tablespoons arrowroot powder
For the bowls
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 2 large bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions (optional)
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Teriyaki Meatballs With Rice
These teriyaki meatball bowls are simple, wholesome, and full of flavor. Plus, they're a great choice for a weeknight meal (just like this one-pot chicken alfredo) and you can even prep the meatballs ahead of time! Full of tasty ingredients and perfectly filling these teriyaki meatball bowls are a great addition to your recipe collection!