Paleo Asian Meatballs with Pea Pods

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Paleo Asian Meatballs with Pea Pods

I was craving some asian flavor this week … and found a great new favorite!  The original recipe by Stupid Easy Paleo called for pork … but I had chicken (it worked just fine!).  I also omitted the fish sauce, because I did not have any.   I’m telling you.  This is a great go-to recipe that will make a great lunch, dinner or a fun little appetizer, too!

  • 1 lb. Free Range Ground Chicken ($8 from US Wellness Meats)
  • 2 Organic Green Onions, sliced thin ($1 from Meijer)
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut Aminos (<$1 from Amazon)
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil (<$1 from Meijer)
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil (< $1 from Amazon)

Combine chicken, onions, coconut aminos and sesame oil.  Mix until just combined.  Roll about 1 heaping Tablespoon into meatballs.  Brown meatballs in coconut oil over medium heat.  Transfer to covered baking dish and finish cooking in 350 F. oven for 10 minutes.

I sautéed fresh pea pods using the delicious pan drippings.  It made the perfect combination.

Serve with sesame seeds and hot chili oil or sweet chili dipping sauce if you like.  Mine were delicious just as is!

Serves 4 people at approx $3 per serving.

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Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy

Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy

Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy

I found my inspiration for tonight’s dinner at nomnompaleo.com.  What a great place to start.   I followed her directions and cooked the chicken on low for 4 hours (I had a relatively small chicken).  It was perfect!  She is a paleo genius!

  • 4 lb. free range chicken (shout out to US Wellness Meats for their great bird @ $26)
  • 2 T Organic Ghee (@$1 at Amazon)
  • 2 Organic Onion – chopped (@$1 from Meijer)
  • 6 cloves Garlic – diced
  • 1 teaspoon Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup Organic Chicken Broth (@$1 from Costco)
  • Sunny Paris Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Saute onions and garlic and tomato paste in ghee until lightly browned.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour in chicken stock and deglaze pan.  Transfer this mixture to the slow cooker.  Dry off the chicken, and season (inside and out) with your favorite poultry seasoning.  Place the chicken BREAST SIDE DOWN in the slow cooker.  Cover and set to cook on LOW FOR 4-6 HOURS.

When the chicken is finished cooking, take it out of the slow cooker and let it rest for 20 minutes. Use an immersion blender to make a delicious gravy from the remaining veggies and broth.

I should warn you …. Use this gravy with caution – it is amazingly addictive!

Serve 6 people at approx $5 per serving.

I served this with organic broccoli, sautéed in ghee and simply seasoned with salt which may add another $1 per serving.

My Whole 30 FODMAP FREE lunch: Spinach Salad with Sugar Free Ham and Paleo Mayo

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Spinach Salad with Smoked Sugar Free Ham and Paleo Mayonnaise

Start with a plate of fresh organic spinach.  The sugar-free ham came from US Wellness Meats (my first order with them arrived very timely – and very tasty).  They have a very handy “Sugar Free Options” tab … great for those of us on a whole30!  I was not sure how to prepare the ham, but those smart folks at US Wellness have a blog with delicious recipes from Danielle @ Against All Grain, so I prepared the baked up the “black forest ham” the night before for dinner.  Leftovers were terrific for lunch 🙂

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Black Forest Ham

Add a few freshly grated organic carrots – and a dollop of homemade Paleo Mayonnaise.  Again, deferring to the experts – I used a great recipe found at theclothesmakethegirl.com.  My personal preference is to use macadamia nut oil instead of olive oil.  The lemony flavor is predominant.  Mmmmm!  No regrets!