I got the idea for making meatballs with Asian seasoning from Bill Staley and Hayley Mason. They have a “Take Out Fake Out” menu in their new book, “Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining.” On the menu is a recipe for wonton soup without wonton wrappers. They just make meatballs to put in the broth instead. I thought that was a great idea, and I will certainly make it when I get around to it :).
But I was craving sweet and sour, so I decided to make this dinner instead. I used the seasonings I usually use when cooking Asian style food rather than the recipe out of the book.
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”.
* 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).
* 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!