Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce in a skillet.  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy cauliflower sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and a touch of tomato paste.  #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

It’s Spring…the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and my little meatballs are swimming!  Swimming in cream sauce, that is.  This Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce Recipe is easy, healthy(ish), and scrumptious.  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy light pink sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, and a touch of tomato paste.  Oh, and cream cheese because, well, it just tastes so darn good!

Dill gives this recipe a little somethin somethin.  It’s a fresh herby flavor somewhat similar to fennel, that brightens and lightens the meatballs and sauce so it’s perfect anytime of year.  While the Meatballs may be the Star of this dish, cauliflower is the Best Supporting Actor.  Not only to they give the creamy backdrop, they are so healthy for you!  Keep reading for more on this! 

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce in a skillet.  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy cauliflower sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and a touch of tomato paste.  #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Cauliflower: A Kick-Ass Chameleon

If you follow my recipes, then you’ve heard this before, but I’ll say it again…Cauliflower is one kick-ass veggie!  It’s not only versatile, it’s full of health benefits! While it’s low in calories and carbs, it’s high in Fiber and contains so many vitamins and minerals. Cauliflower is a Cruciferous Veggie, just like Broccoli and Kale, which we all know are extremely good for us.  It also contains important Antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk for heart disease and may have anti-cancer effects.

Cauliflower is also kick-ass because it can take on so many different roles in food, it’s sort of a chameleon!  It can be a steak, small meaty bites, a thick lush mash, or a smooth creamy sauce!

Try these other delicious and healthy Cauliflower recipes:

Ok, let’s get prepping!

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce on plate with fork and skillet in background. The Meatballs are in a creamy cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEATBALLS IN CAULIFLOWER DILL CREAM SAUCE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

We begin and end this recipe with Cauliflower.  It will cook more evenly and quicker if it is in small pieces.  So, chop or food-process the raw cauliflower into small small pieces, then cook it with water in a large skillet.

FI use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  

Cauliflower Chopped and in a large skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. The cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Cauliflower Chopped and cooked in a large skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. The cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

To the blender, add the cooked cauliflower, garlic, chicken base, cream cheese, milk. Pulse and then blend until smooth. Last, add in the Dill and pulse just until incorporated.

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Adding chicken base to cooked Cauliflower, cream cheese, tomato paste, and garlic in blender for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

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Fresh Dill added to Cauliflower cream sauce over blender for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Blended Cauliflower cream sauce in blender for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Next up…Meatballs!  Chop the dill and slice the scallion for the meatballs., then add to a large mixing bowl with the ground beef. Also add the Parmesan, egg, salt, pepper and mix all of the ingredients together.All Meatball ingredients in bowl for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinnerI like to use a tablespoon measuring spoon so that all meatballs are the same size.  You re looking for roughly 1″ diameter.  Place each meatball on a baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum and put meatballs in the fridge until ready to cook.

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COOK YOUR MEATBALLS IN CAULIFLOWER DILL SAUCE 

Preheat a large skillet on high heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with a tbsp of olive oil and then add the meatballs. Cook until browned, a couple minutes on all sides.

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Add the cream sauce and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.

Adding Dill Cream Sauce to cooked meatballs in skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner Dill Cream Sauce and cooked meatballs in skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Serve over rice or with a crusty bread. ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Meatballs in Cauliflower Cream Dill Sauce

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce are easy, healthy-ish, and delicious!  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy light pink sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, and a touch of tomato paste.  Oh, and cream cheese because, well, every sauce just tastes better with cream cheese!  #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, family dinner, healthy dinner, healthy recipes, Meatballs, spring recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 25 Meatballs

Ingredients

Cauliflower Dill Sauce

  • 2 cups Cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Dill
  • 1 tsp Chicken Base
  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Milk

Meatballs

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Dill
  • 1 Scallion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Chop or blend the raw cauliflower into small small pieces.  Place in a medium skillet with the water and cook on medium-high heat. stirring frequently until all of the water is absorbed and cooks off, about 5-7 minutes.

    Cauliflower Chopped and cooked in a large skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. The cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  2. Rougn chop the garlic cloves or mince.  To the blender, add the cooked cauliflower, garlic, chicken base, cream cheese, milk.  Pulse and then blend until smooth.  Last, add in the Dill and pulse just until incorporated.

    Blended Cauliflower cream sauce in blender for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  3. Chop the dill and slice the scallion for the meatballs.

  4. Make Meatballs by adding the ground beef to a large mixing bowl.  Then add the Parmesan, egg, salt, pepper, dill, and scallion to the beef.  Mix all of the ingredients into the beef.  

    All Meatball ingredients in bowl for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  5. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out the meat mixture and roll into balls.  Place each meatball on a baking sheet.  Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum and put meatballs in the fridge until ready to cook.  

Cook

  1. Preheat a large skillet on high heat.  Coat the bottom of the pan with a tbsp of olive oil and then add the meatballs.  Cook until browned, a couple minutes on all sides.

    Flipping meatballs over in skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  2. Add the cream sauce and stir to combine.  Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.

    Cooked meatballs in skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  3. Serve just like this with a salad or over rice or with a crusty bread.  Enjoy!

    Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce on plate with fork and skillet in background. The Meatballs are in a creamy cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Recipe Notes

Makes 25 Small one-inch Meatballs

 

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with fresh cilantro and a cup of chimichurri. It is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Most people have had Chimichurri, but how about Chicken Chimichurri Rojo?  It’s a perfect Spring or Summer dish because you can simply grill or broil the chicken then top with this make-ahead cool, fresh, oh-so-delicious Chimichurri Rojo.  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper and combined with the other ingredients, this sauce is cool, tangy, sweet, savory and incredibly full-flavored! 

All of the ingredients get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  With garlic, parsley, cilantro, lime, vinegar, and red pepper, this is one easy sauce that delivers BIG flavor!  This is a perfect recipe for easy Meal Planning as it’s so easy to prep ahead.  Check out my Free video Kickstarting Meal Planning if you want some easy printable tools for meal planning!  

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a pan. It is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Easy, Healthy, Zippy Get-out-of-a-Chicken-Rut Dinner!

Chicken is great because it’s a lean protein that’s incredibly versatile.  However, if you’re not careful, you can fall into the da..da..daaaaa….

…Same ole Chicken Rut…

Sound familiar?  Well, this Chicken Chimichurri Rojo is an amazing and easy way to get out of the rut!  The Chimichurri Rojo can be made days in advance.  And it completely transforms an otherwise boring plain chicken into a zingy, zippy, magnificently flavored dish!  

AND, it’s healthy with only olive oil, a healthy fat, herbs, and veggies.

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a pan. It is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHICKEN CHIMICHURRI ROJO COOKING KIT

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Ingredients on counter for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

This is one of those wonderful recipes that you can make mostly ahead by making the Chimichurri Rojo or entirely ahead by grilling or broiling the chicken as well. 

So, let’s start with the Chimichurri!  First zest the entire lime and then cut in half.  Cut the red pepper into medium size chunks.

The Chimichurri Rojo is so easy to make in a mini food processor.  Just add the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice from 1/2 the lime, garlic clove, cilantro leaves, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and pulse until the herbs have blended enough to make room for the red pepper.

Adding Vinegar to oil in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Cilantro in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Parsley in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Parsley in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner       

Add the red pepper chunks, then cover the processor and pulse to get it started, then blend until everything is about the same size and the there are no large chunks of garlic.

Finished Chimichurri Rojo food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Last, stir in the lime zest. Store in the fridge until ready to serve and eat!

COOK & FINISH YOUR CHICKEN CHIMICHURRI ROJO 

You can really cook the chicken any way that you want, whether that’s grilled, in a skillet, roasted in the oven, or broiled.  For this recipe, I have broiled the chicken because you can get that yummy charred flavor any time of the year.

Season each side of the chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place under broiler (High) for 6-7 minutes or until you start to see a black char on the top of the chicken.  Then take them out and flip them.  Put them back under the broiler for another 6-7 minutes.  At this point, they will be nearly done, so check the internal temperature and if you are not yet to 165 F degrees, then cook them for another 10-15 minutes in the oven at 350 F degrees.

Raw Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

When the chicken is done cooking, let it rest for about 5 minutes so that the juices soak back into the chicken and it stays moist.

You can serve 1 breast per person, but I like to slice them all on a bias and serve each person 3-4 slices to start. Spoon the Chimichurri Rojo over top (it can be served cold or room temperature).  ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with cup of chimichurri. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a pan. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
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Chicken Chimichurri Rojo

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  With garlic, parsley, cilantro, lime, vinegar, and red pepper, this is one easy sauce that delivers BIG flavor! #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
Course Main Course
Cuisine Argentinian
Keyword chicken, chicken dinner, dinner, easy dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 433 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chimichurri Rojo

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 cup Italian Parsley, packed
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro, packed
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Lime 1/2 juiced, all zested
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes Optional

Chicken

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead to make the Chimichurri Rojo

  1. Zest the entire lime and then cut in half.  Remove the seeds from the red pepper and chop into chunks.

    Zested lime on plate for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  2. While the chicken is cooking (see below) or in the days before (up to 5 days in advance), you can prepare your Chimichurri Rojo in a mini food processor.  Just add the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice from 1/2 the lime, garlic clove, parsley, cilantro leaves, salt and pepper.  Cover and pulse until the herbs have blended enough to make room for the red pepper.

    Parsley in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  3. Add the red pepper chunks, then cover the processor and pulse to get it started, then blend until everything is about the same size and the there are no large chunks of garlic.  

    Finished Chimichurri Rojo food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  4. Last, stir in the lime zest.  Store in the fridge until ready to serve and eat!

Broil or Grill the Chicken

  1. Season each side of the chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place under broiler (High) for 6-7 minutes or until you start to see a black char on the top of the chicken.  Then take them out and flip them.  Put them back under the broiler for another 6-7 minutes.

    Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  2. At this point, they will be nearly done, so check the internal temperature and if you are not yet to 165 F degrees, then cook them for another 10-15 minutes in the oven at 350 F degrees.
  3. When the chicken is done cooking, let it rest for about 5 minutes so that the juices soak back into the chicken and it stays moist.  You can serve 1 breast per person, but I like to slice them all on a bias and serve each person 3-4 slices to start.  Spoon the Chimichurri Rojo over top (it can be served cold or room temperature) and Enjoy!

    Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with cup of chimichurri. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Recipe Notes

While there are only 4 chicken breasts in this recipe, if you slice the chicken, you can easily extend the serving size to 5 or 6 by giving each person 3-4 slices.