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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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.

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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

 

Chipotle Meatballs in Mexican Corn Cream Sauce

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Chipotle Meatballs with corn sauce over rice on white place with peppers on side. Plate on marble counter with peppers on plate in back and pan with meatballs in back.

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are unexpected and delicious!  The meatballs are made with lean ground beef, black beans, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground tortilla chips, and scallion.  They are then baked, which makes cooking super easy and healthier than frying.  The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn. The slight sweetness from the corn, the smokiness from the Mexican spices, the subtle heat from the Chipotle adobo sauce, and the cool and tangy sour cream make this creamy sauce the perfect complement to the Chipotle Meatballs!

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are delicious! The meatballs are made with Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, black beans, and scallion and are baked to perfection. The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn with sweet corn, smokey Mexican spices, cool and tangy sour cream.

Mexican Flavors + Meatballs = 😍

We love Mexican food in our house!  If they could, my daughters would have Taco Tuesday everyday.  So when I was thinking of a new way to reinvent meatballs, I was inspired by my and my girls’ love for Tacos and Mexican food!

The meatballs are a wonderful combination of black beans and lean grass-fed ground beef.  The black beans are blended so that they are partly creamy, but still have bits of bean for texture.  The creaminess from the beans added to the ground beef makes these meatballs so MOIST, tender, and so flavorful.  The Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce give the meatballs that Mexican flare!

Then there is the Mexican Corn Sauce!  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier in my life…a fusion of Cream Corn + Mexican Street Corn + sour cream sauce….HEAVEN!!!

Mexican Corn Cream Sauce in Pan on stove

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ‘KIT’:  Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming.  Here is my recommendation for making dinner easier: make your own kits!  On Sunday, prep all of the ingredients and components for 3 meals and store them in the fridge on meal-specific pans or bowls.  Then on the night you cook, everything is ready to go!  You will need 1 gallon bags and sandwich-size bags.

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  • This recipe uses Gluten-Free Tortilla Chips instead of breadcrumbs as the binder for the meatballs.  Add a handful of tortilla chips to a food processor and blend until fully ground and you get 3/4 cup. Remove from the processor and set aside.

  • To the same food processor (no need to clean), add the drained beans and sliced scallions.  Put 1 tablespoon of the scallion greens in a baggie for the sauce and the rest go into the food processor for the meatballs.  Rough chop 2 Chipotle Peppers and add to the food processor with 1 tsp of the sauce.

  • Also to the food processor add 1 tbsp water, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin. Pulse the food processor until the mixture is completely combined and you can see that the chipotle peppers have been fully blended into the beans. You should see mostly creamy beans, but still some bean bits left for texture.

To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, the bean mixture, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of the tortilla crumbs. Mix with hands or a large fork to completely combine.  Add more tortillas crumbs as needed until the mixture easily forms into balls.  Cover bowl and store in fridge until ready to make meatballs and bake them. You could also bake these in advance and reheat them later.

  • Roast the corn by placing it under the oven broiler for 5 minutes on each side. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t completely burn. When it is done, cut off the kernels and store in a storage bag. Mince 1 clove garlic and add to the same bag with the corn.

  • Place the Meatball mixture, the corn, and the cooked rice all on a pan in the fridge for cooking later.

LET’S COOK:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Roll the meatballs into 1.25 inch diameter balls and place on large baking sheet that you have lightly coated with Olive Oil.  Add the whole mini sweet peppers in and around the meatballs (note, this is optional).  Bake in oven on center rack for 30 minutes

While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.  Add 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a preheated pan and then add the roasted corn kernels, minced garlic, and 1 tbls scallion greens.  Stir and saute for 3 minutes and then add 1 tsp of the sauce from the Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.  You can add more if you want it spicier.  Stir in the chicken broth, cumin, chili powder.  Bring the sauce up to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, then turn down heat to keep warm.

When the meatballs are done, remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes.  At this point, to the sauce whisk in the sour cream, add the cilantro.

Last, add the meatballs to the sauce.  Make sure to add any brown bits from the pan to the sauce too!

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are delicious! The meatballs are made with lean ground beef, black beans, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground tortilla chips, and scallion and then baked to perfection. The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn with sweet corn, smoky Mexican spices, cool and tangy sour cream. Yum!

Pour the meatballs and sauce over the rice, garnish with cilantro and add the sweet peppers.  Enjoy!!

 

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Chipotle Meatballs in Cream Corn Sauce

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are delicious! The meatballs are made with lean ground beef, black beans, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground tortilla chips, and scallion and then baked to perfection. The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn with sweet corn, smoky Mexican spices, cool and tangy sour cream. Yum!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cook Night Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chipotle Meatballs

  • 16 oz Lean Ground Beef, Grass Fed, Raised without antibiotics
  • 15.5 oz Black Beans
  • 4 Scallions
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce get smallest can/jar available
  • 1 Tbls water
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Ground Tortilla Chips

Mexican Corn Cream Sauce

  • 1 Ear of Corn
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1.5 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Sauce from Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tbls Scallion greens from the 4 scallions in the Meatballs
  • 1 tbls Cilantro, chopped

Other

  • 1 cup Rice, uncooked
  • 12 Mini Sweet Peppers this is optional, but adds great flavor

Instructions

Prep-Ahead to make Kit

  1. Add a handful of tortilla chips to a food processor and blend until fully ground and you get 3/4 cup.  Remove from the processor and set aside to be added to the meat later.  You should only need 1/2 cup for the meatballs, but you will want extra just in case your meat mixture is too wet.

  2. Drain and rinse the black beans and put into the same food processor.

  3. Slice the 4 scallions.  You will need to save 1 heaping tablespoon of the greens in a baggie for the sauce, the rest will go into the food processor for the meatballs.

  4. Rough chop 2 Chipotle Peppers and add to the food processor with 1 tsp of the sauce.  Save the rest in a storage container as you will need the sauce for adding to the Cream Sauce later.

  5. Also to the food processor add 1 tbls water, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin.  Pulse the food processor until the mixture is completely combined and you can see that the chipotle peppers have been fully blended into the beans.  You should see mostly creamy beans, but still some bean bits left for texture.

  6. To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, the bean mixture, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of the tortilla crumbs.  Mix with hands or a large fork to completely combine.  If the mixture seems too wet, sprinkle in a little more tortilla crumbs.  Cover bowl to seal and store in fridge until ready to make meatballs and bake them.  Note: You could bake these off in advance and reheat them later.

  7. Roast the corn by placing it under the oven broiler for 5 minutes on each side.  Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't completely burn.  When it is done, cut off the kernels and store in a storage bag.  Mince 1 clove garlic and add to the same bag with the corn.

  8. Place the Meatball mixture, the corn, and the cooked rice all on a pan in the fridge for cooking later.

Cook!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Make rice according to package instructions.  

  3. Roll the meatballs into 1.25 inch diameter balls and place on large baking sheet that you have lightly coated with Olive Oil.  Add the whole mini sweet peppers in and around the meatballs (note, this is optional).  Bake in oven on center rack for 30 minutes.

  4. While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.  Add 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a preheated pan and then add the roasted corn kernels, minced garlic, and 1 tbls scallion greens.  Stir and saute for 3 minutes and then add 1 tsp of the sauce from the Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.  You can add more if you want it spicier.  Stir in the chicken broth, cumin, chili powder.  Bring the sauce up to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, then turn down heat to keep warm.

  5. When the meatballs are done, remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes.  At this point, to the sauce whisk in the sour cream, add the cilantro.

  6. Last, add the meatballs to the sauce. Make sure to add any brown bits from the pan to the sauce too!

  7. Plate: Pour the meatballs and sauce over the rice, garnish with cilantro and add the sweet peppers.  Enjoy!!