Lamb Meatballs in Roasted Root Sauce

This meal involves a nightshade-free sauce that you can use for this recipe or for other favorite meatballs and pasta recipes. Eat as is or serve with zucchini noodles or over cauliflower rice.
Course Main Course
Servings 5


  • blender or Vitamix


For the root sauce

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or other cooking fat
  • 3/4 pound red beets (2 medium) peeled*
  • 3/4 pound yellow beets (2 medium) peeled*
  • 12 oz carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic unpeeled
  • 2 1/2 cups hot chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • generous pinch of salt

For the meatballs

  • 1 3/4 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill
  • 3 tbsp horseradish
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • coconut oil or ghee to fry


Make the sauce

  • Make the sauce. Heat the coconut oil in a roasting pan then cut the beets and carrots into similar sized pieces and put into the pan, together with the garlic. Cook for around 45-50 minutes, turning them half way through. Squeeze the garlic out of the cases and transfer to a blender, along with the roasted veggies, chicken broth, lemon juice and salt, and blend until smooth.

Make the meatballs

  • Meanwhile make the meatballs. Put the ground lamb into a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Fry a small amount of this mixture in order to check you have added enough seasoning and readjust if necessary. Form into 20 walnut-sized balls.
  • Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a large heavy based sauté pan and add the meatballs. If they don't all fit, you will need to do two batches. Brown the balls on medium heat, turning them to ensure they are evenly colored and regulating the temperature so they don't burn. Remove to a large plate and then pour the beet purée into the empty pan. Arrange the meatballs over the top,cover with a lid to stop the purée spitting and cook for around 10-12 minutes until cooked through.
  • Serve with grated horseradish and a sprinkle of chopped dill over the top.


*If desired you can use precooked beets. You would add these in once the carrots were cooked through just for a few minutes to heat up.
Keyword Candida Cleanse Friendly, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nightshade Free, No Added Sugar, Nut Free, Paleo