Paleo Mushroom Herb Baked Meatballs

Paleo Mushroom Herb Baked Meatballs |

From kindergarten through seventh grade, I went to a small private school.

During the same time period, I also walked around with my nose stuck deep in a book. I mean that quite literally. I read every single thing I could get my hands on. My mom jokes that when she used to ground me from reading when I got in trouble (yes, you read that right. I was grounded from reading…), she would find me desperately reading the ingredients on a ketchup bottle or reading through an instruction manual. I LOVED reading.

But this also meant that I didn’t have very many friends. I wasn’t very good with kids my own age, many of my classmates thought I was too brainy, and, frankly, I preferred books over people.

Paleo Mushroom Herb Baked Meatballs |

But everything changed my first year in public school in eighth grade. For some reason, people liked me! After just a few weeks, I felt like everyone knew me and wanted to be my friend.

It was shocking to me at first! This had never happened to me before. In fact, for the first few months, I was sure that they all secretly hated me behind my back and that they were playing this big collective joke on me by pretending to like me. But after a while I realized that I really had friends, and I had lots of them!

In high school it was no different. People wanted to be my friend, and I was overwhelmed by the attention. I ended up getting sucked into it, and started thinking that my validation came from whether people liked me or not. I began to crave acceptance and really felt like I needed everyone to like me.

I started trying to be all things to all people, which (if you’ve ever tried it, you know) is not only never successful, it’s exhausting. Trying to make everyone happy all the time and not let them see your insecurities and imperfections so they’ll like you is crazy, unrealistic, and a TON of work!

It became automatic to me, and I didn’t even realize until a few years ago how much work I was putting into trying to be who I thought others wanted me to be!

Paleo Mushroom Herb Baked Meatballs |

With the help of a few caring friends over the years, I realized that I needed to stop trying so hard. People weren’t seeing the real me; they were seeing a me I that had created with them in mind so that they would like me.

After time and a lot of work in the other direction, I saw that when I was authentically and genuinely myself, people still liked me! In fact, I was now able to create deep and meaningful relationships with people because I was being open, real, and vulnerable with them and wasn’t putting on any fake faces. It was quite wonderful.

Paleo Mushroom Herb Baked Meatballs |

When I started thinking last week about a delicious, paleo meatball recipe for your impending superbowl parties, my brain went off in a number of wild directions. I tried to think of all kinds of fancy ingredients to make the meatballs special and tasty, struggling to make them be unique AND fancy AND paleo AND AIP-friendly.

Then it hit me! I was trying to make my meatballs all things to all people, and I was reminded of the life lesson I am (obviously) still learning. Just like me, these meatballs just needed to be themselves!

So I’m letting this delicious, grass-fed beef shine through for itself. With the help of lush mushrooms and a few fragrant herbs, these simple meatballs lack all fillers and pretentiousness and are instead just full of love and tasty meat-things. And I think you’ll fall in love with them, not only because of how good they are, but because they have the courage to simply be themselves. 😉

Paleo Mushroom Herb Baked Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: About 15 meatballs

Serving Size: 3 meatballs


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 85% lean)
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh organo
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper {omit for AIP}


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and herbs to a food processor and pulse on low speed until everything is evenly combined and the mushrooms are coarsely chopped.
  3. Add the mushroom-herb mixture to a large bowl with the ground beef, salt and pepper. Mix with your hands to combine all ingredients. Do not over work the mixture.
  4. With your hands, form the ground beef mixture into 14-16 two-tablespoon-sized balls. To form them, you should press them into a round shape rather than rolling them between your hands. Rolling will not be very effective with this mixture. Place the meatballs on the foil lined baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the meatballs for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm. (These can also be cooked ahead and frozen or refrigerated.)


  1. meg says

    Ive been making meatballs with mushrooms since going AIP too!! It give them a awesome texture and flavor! I like all the fresh herbs you used!

    • says

      Thanks, Meg! I loooved the texture these meatballs had with the mushrooms! So lush and bold and satisfying, but not overwhelming. We could make a banging burger with this combo!


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