From The New York Times
DAVID TANIS Time1 hour 15 minutes Makes about 36 meatballs
These North African Meatballs are classified as a Mediterranean diet entree. The Mediterranean Diet has long been thought to protect against Alzheimer’s. If something guards the brain against damage from disease, there is a good chance that it will also slow progression of the disease as well.
This is a fun do-together recipe. Mixing the spices into the ground meat—by hand—and rolling out the meatballs provides wonderful sensory feedback for a person with dementia. Almost all of the spices in this dish are thought to provide protection to the brain. I recommend frying in coconut oil.
Everything in the meatball ingredient complies with the restrictions of Keto and Paleo diets except the bread. If you are following one of these diets you can eliminate the bread or use a Keto friendly substitue; something with almond flour, for example. And you will, of course, need to serve it with something other than the pastas or rice suggested in the recipe. Cauliflower rice works well.
North African Meatballs
FOR THE SAFFRON TOMATO SAUCE
FOR THE MEATBALLS
MAKE THE SAUCE
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a wide, heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onion and cook without browning until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, cinnamon and saffron, and stir well to incorporate. Season generously with salt and pepper, and allow to sizzle for 1 minute more. Add broth and simmer gently for 5 minutes. May be made several hours in advance, up to a day.
MAKE THE MEATBALLS