Health Food + Swedish Meatballs

by Alexandra

Good day darlings.

Around the blog world, there are countless “health food” blogs, and I am often asked what my favorite “health food” is. But, what is a health food?

as per :

health food:

[helth]-[food] –noun

any natural food popularly believed to promote or sustain good health, as by containing vital nutrients, being grown without the use of pesticides, or having a low sodium or fat content.
Wow. I don’t believe that for a second! Yes, I agree that healthy food contains vital nutrients and is generally pesticide-free (because pesticides adversely affect our bodies) but I definitely don’t think healthy food has to be low in sodium or fat!
Coconut oil is fat, but it’s one of the healthiest foods on earth! From it’s high energy content to it’s ability to repair and sustain bodily tissues, coconut, because of it’s fat content, is a healthy food. The same goes for cacao nibs or nuts/seeds!
Yogurt contains sodium — a vital nutrient — and is still extremely healthy! Sodium is vital for proper bodily function.
Society has the wrong idea about healthy food. Health isn’t about “low fat” or “low calorie” this or that. Many foods that I eat every day promote health and vitality, and the average person would probably consider them to be unhealthy! Most of my friends (before I convinced them otherwise, of course) even believed that peanut butter was “bad for you” which is completely absurd! Just because something is high in fat doesn’t mean it isn’t healthy.Peanut butter, for example, is also high in protein, manganese and iron. It’s extremely “good for you.”
Okay, rant over.
I consider this dinner to be a healthy meal, even though it contains butter, oil and pasta (carbs).
Recipe from here.
I made a few changes from the original recipe. For one, I used dry parsley instead of fresh. I also used white wine instead of half and half, and left out the mushrooms. I simply didn’t have any of those ingredients.
In a medium saucepan, sautee 1 yellow onion (chopped) in 1 tbs butter. Mix with 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk and 1-2 lbs 95% lean ground beef. Add 1 tbs dried parsley and a bit of salt and pepper. Mix well. Form into 1-inch balls, and return to pan with another tablespoon butter. Cook until brown all the way through. Add 1 cup white wine (or half and half) and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Serve hot, over pasta.  Drizzle in olive oil just before serving.
– Alexandra