Paleo Swedish Meatballs
After a couple of thunder and hail storms, it has finally cooled off here. We escaped to Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, and I found myself wishing for a sweater and a mug of hot coffee. We were lucky enough to get up close and personal with an Elk! There are pictures at the bottom of this post but for now, these cooler temperatures mean that I am finally in the mood to talk about warm food again! As promised, this post is about Paleo Swedish Meatballs. When you Google the origins of Swedish Meatballs, you don't find much in the way of answers. What you do find is a lot of people talking about IKEA, and how they've discovered the furniture store's famous recipe. In truth, I've never stepped foot into an IKEA, and so when I hear this I furrow my brow and wonder how a furniture store ended up so famous for beef and gravy. Anyone with me? Since I haven't been to IKEA, I guess I can't really judge. My own memories of Swedish Meatballs don't make much more sense anyways (they include a lot of Costco and have nothing to do with Sweden). This is why I found myself searching for answers. Why are they Swedish? While I consider myself a perfectly competent search-engine-maneuverer, I can't say I came back with many answers. It does seem that in some parts of Sweden, some meatballs are served in gravy. Unlike French Fries, maybe Swedish Meatballs do have an origin-appropriate name. I never really got to the bottom of the issue, because at that point I just gave in and decided it was time to eat. Maybe that's what French Fries and Swedish Meatballs have in common: they're just too dang delicious for anyone to really care what they're named. Serve them over a pile of mash potatoes or on toothpicks as an appetizer. Swedish or not, there's something about gravy that just hits the spot.
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
I came up with this new spin on a familiar family favorite back in October while testing Halloween recipes. I had a jar of strained tomatoes in the pantry and some ground beef and half of a cooked spaghetti squash in the fridge, and somehow I arrived at Spaghetti and Meatball Soup after not wanting to make the usual spaghetti squash with bolognese. I kept the meatballs really simple with just some salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder but used actual onion and garlic in the “sauce” for a bit of a fresher flavor. Even though the meatball ingredients are simple, if you have children or another helper handy, I highly recommend recruiting them as your meatball rollers since that step can be a bit tedious due to their small size!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Bookmark this page, because when your friends hear that pasta is “out” with paleo, you can quickly turn to it and say “not so fast!” This dish will definitely give you your spaghetti fix, along with some amazing meatballs.
Paleo Rabbit Cacciatore and Meatballs Over Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Serve Paleo Rabbit Cacciatore with Meatballs over Mashed Sweet Potatoes for a delicious Paleo dinner.
Paleo Mushroom Herb Meatballs
A simple gluten-free, egg-free beefy meatball that's packed full of fresh flavor. Only 5 ingredients and no fillers; these meatballs are all beef and mushrooms. They're easy to put together and are cooked in 10 minutes!
Autoimmune Paleo Orange Teriyaki Meatballs
What makes these so fantastic, is the strategic placement of spices. Orange zest and diced green onions in the meatballs. A sauce driven with fresh orange juice, fresh ginger and coconut aminos. It is an extremely well balanced dish. The sauce is wonderfully concentrated, but for 2 pounds of chicken is plenty.
Paleo Teriyaki Tuna Meatballs
You’d be surprised at how easy it is to make make meatballs for canned tuna! They stay together well, and are super tasty with the teriyaki flavor! Not to mention, they are very nutritious, a definite crowd-pleaser and can be eaten with anything!
Paleo Chicken Cacciatore
An Italian classic made paleo! Even the word “cacciatore” is very primal. It means “hunter” in Italian. Chicken cacciatore basically tells you it’s paleo right in the title. How could you go wrong? This meal is delicious enough to eat on its own, but you may also serve it with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. It tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen.
Paleo Tortillas (from Make It Paleo 2)
These tortillas take a little patience and finesse, but they are a great grain-free version of the flour tortillas you may be used to. They hold up great, and don't break when you wrap them around your favorite foods. Try them with our Fish Tacos or Lamb Gyros!
Pasta with Meatballs
One of our favorite spice blends is adobo, which is a beautifully balanced mix of garlic, onion, bay leaf, oregano, and pepper. We love using it to season meatballs (even in soup). We think you'll find it to be a nice addition to the classic spaghetti and meatballs.