A convenient paleo breakfast to enjoy especially when you want an egg free breakfast. These sausage sweet potato breakfast meatballs are savor with a sweet dip!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you ask me. I know that's been a saying for.eve.er. But it's not important to me for the reason you might think.
One of the things I have learned about sticking to a healthy way of eating is to ALWAYS have a breakfast I look forward to eating, using the ingredients of food I know I perform best with.
To elaborate, I like to have something sweet or savory almost every morning for breakfast. It helps me feel like I have met my cravings right off the bat. When I do this I usually have less cravings for the rest of the day.
So my days usually start with a paleo sweet bread or something like these sausage sweet potato breakfast meatballs . This works for me because it get's my need for something delicious out of the way for the day. The result is, I usually don’t stray too far from how I like to eat to feel great.
I stick to a pretty paleo/primal way of eating. I have been doing it for almost 7 years so I have had plenty of time to realize how crappy I feel when I don’t eat paleo. For instance...you know that afternoon groggy feeling you get after lunch? That doesn’t happen when you eat paleo.
I NEVER have that feeling unless I eat non paleo foods. However food isn’t about perfection for me, it’s about eating what I FEEL like eating. Some days I may have gluten free pasta, or gluten free bread. I know that I may not feel optimal those days and afternoons will be a struggle. But not depriving myself of certain foods is a lot better for me mentally than having to deal with a sluggish afternoon every once in awhile.
After sticking with this way of eating for a while, you just get to the point where you like feeling good. You feel so good that it just becomes worth it to choose the right foods and not worth it to feel like sh*t. It is one of the things I am most passionate about teaching people when it comes to eating. Eat so you FEEL good. These breakfast meatballs will make you feel great!
So back to this recipe. These sausage sweet potato breakfast meatballs are delicious and soooo easy to make. It only takes 3 ingredients to make the meatballs and 4 ingredients to make the homemade jam. How awesome is that?!
These sausage sweet potato breakfast meatballs are paleo! Which is the entire reason I started down the paleo rabbit hole at the beginning of this post! They can even be Whole 30 friendly if you leave out the jam.
why you should make these
This recipe is perfect if you:
- love a breakfast you can eat as you are walking out the door, or running around getting kids ready for school, or feeding your baby
- love a breakfast you can batch cook on Sunday, that still tastes amazing reheated the rest of the week.
- would like to add an egg free breakfast to the rotation
- love sausage but don’t have time to pan fry your breakfast every morning
The sausage sweet potato meatballs with homemade blueberry jam offers a ton of vitamins and nutrients. You also get a boost of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants from the chia seeds found in the jam.
You may be asking, “really blueberry jam with sausage and sweet potato?”. You can skip it if you’d like, but you’ll be missing out. It adds another dimension of flavor to the meatballs that you should at least try once.
Bonus you can put this homemade jam on anything. As I was making the jam big plans for future recipes popped in my head. So stay tuned.
step by step
A food processor is going to make your life much easier for this recipe. If you don't have one a) you should get one b) I am sorry, but you have to grate by hand.
The grating function on mine is currently broken, so I should follow my own advice and buy a new one. It's on my to do list.
- We will start with grating your peeled sweet potato. You need 1 cup total once it is shredded. This was a half of a medium sweet potato for me. Throw those shredded tots into a large mixing bowl and add your raw sausage and salt. That's all you need for the meatballs!
- Roll your meatballs into round balls about 2 inches in diameter, or whatever floats your meatball boat. I won't judge how you like your balls, big or small 😉
- Place the meatballs onto a parchment lined baking sheet and pop 'em in the oven. I love that you can make these in the oven instead of trying to pan fry them.
- The sauce is just as simple. Start with placing your frozen blueberries into a saucepan. As they warm and soften you can squish them with a meat mallet so all of the blueberry juice releases.
- After you have softened the blueberries for 5 minutes and they all smash easily, remove the blueberries from the heat source. Add your maple syrup, ground chia seeds, lemon juice and mix. If you would like your blueberries even smaller in texture you could add them to the blender. This is what I did.
Note: Speaking of chia seeds. I chose to add ground chia seeds to hide the texture of the whole seeds but still get the thickening provided by having them in the jam. If you don't mind the texture you could add 1 tsp of whole chia seeds instead ½ tsp of ground chia seeds.
How to store
Store these in your fridge in a glass sealed container up to 3 days.
You could use any ground meat in this recipe you wanted. You may need to add a few spices of your own if you omit the sausage, since sausage comes with spices.
You could use a white sweet potato in place of the red or even try a regular potato. If you use a regular potato I would try and squeeze out any extra liquid from the potato once it is shredded.
Are you ready? Let’s get this meatball party started!
Need another breakfast recipes? I got you friend. Check out this Whole30 friendly breakfast, Bacon, Sweet Potato and Egg Breakfast Hash.