Asian Meatballs with Sweet and Sour (GAPS/Paleo)

sweet and sour meatballs

sweet and sour meatballs

Sweet and sour is comfort food for me. My family used to go out to "chinese" food almost every week when I was young.

This was my first attempt at "asian meatballs". I used the seasonings I usually use when cooking Asian style food.

The meatballs were delicious! The sweet and sour sauce recipe was pretty good. I'm still working on it. You see, if you make sweet and sour that is GAPS diet legal, you have to use honey, and no tapioca or other starch to thicken. So my sauce was thin and tasted a little like honey. (If you eat paleo-ish, you can certainly use tapioca or arrowroot to thicken the sauce.)

My, um, "sauce" was still yummy on the meatballs. I served the dinner with cauliflower "rice".

Asian Meatballs

* 3 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, pork)

* 1/3 cup coconut aminos

* 1 Tbsp sesame oil

* 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

* 4 green onions, chopped

* 1/2 tsp fish sauce

* 1 to 1 1/2  tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

* 1 tsp honey -or- 5 drops stevia (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into about 1 inch balls and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

* 1/2 cup honey

* 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

* 1/4 cup coconut aminos

*  1 Tbsp tapioca or arrowroot starch (OMIT if on GAPS)

Put all ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir, and cook on low heat until warmed (and thickened if starch was used).

Cauliflower Rice

* 1 head of cauliflower

* 1 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil

* sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan) to taste

Using the "grating " blade of the food processor, grate the cauliflower into rice-like pieces. Melt coconut oil in a medium to large skillet. Add the cauliflower pieces and salt to taste. Cook on medium heat, stirring to cook evenly, until cauliflower is tender.

This dinner is not my typical weeknight dinner since it takes a little more time. And dirties a lot of dishes :).

Tell me how yours turns out!