Archive for October, 2012

Meatballs and Gravy

I can’t believe I don’t have meatballs and gravy posted here already, but I went looking through and realized that, 1) my consistency in categorizing recipes kind of sucks and 2) I don’t have the recipe posted. So, let’s fix that. Also, I really need to make some meatballs now.

Traditional Meatballs

1 lb ground beef (I like 85/15 or 90/10)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 egg
1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano or romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Paleo Meatballs

1 lb ground beef (I like 85/15 or 90/10)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 egg
1 Tbsp parsley
1 tsp basil
salt and pepper to taste
(can add 1/4 cup almond flour if the mixture needs binding, but I usually don’t have a problem without it)

Primal Meatballs (how I usually make them)

1 lb ground beef (I like 85/15 or 90/10)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 egg
1/4 cup grated parmigianno reggiano cheese
1 Tbsp parsley
1 tsp basil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all the ingredients, form into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake for 12-15 minutes. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t cooked through, they’re going to simmer in the gravy.


1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb Italian sausages (optional)
1 lb spareribs (optional)
1/2 onion diced
1 clove minced garlic
2-3  28oz cans crushed tomato or tomato puree (use 3 if you’re using all the meat, 2 for just meatballs)
Parsley, basil, salt and pepper to taste

Place olive oil in a large pot. If using sausages and/or spareribs add the meat in batches (not overlapping) so that it’s browned on all sides. Remove and set on a plate. Drain off excess fat (leave a little or add more olive oil) and saute the onions and garlic until soft but not browned. Add the tomatoes and seasonings and bring to a boil, stirring consistently. Add the meatballs (and other meat, if using), cover and turn heat to lowest setting to simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serve over pasta or as desired.


Paleo Crockpot Whole Chicken

Kate passed this recipe on to me and although it’s pretty straight forward I have to post it because it came out SO DELICIOUS. I’m not sure I’ll ever roast a chicken again – this was so easy and the chicken came out perfectly. You don’t get crispy skin like you do when roasting it, but it did get brown. Here’s how I did it:
Crockpot Whole Chicken

1 onion
3-4 lb chicken
salt and pepper
onion powder
garlic powder

Slice the onion and put it on the bottom of the crockpot. Remove the giblets from the chicken and place the chicken on top of the onions, breast side up. Sprinkle on all the seasonings. Cook on high for 5 hours.

Paleo Crockpot Spicy Beef Stew

I love using the crockpot year round but especially in the fall when I’m craving warm bowls of food. In fact this time of year I have to remind myself to eat salad because all I usually want is some sort of one pot meal of warmth. This recipe is inspired from a few different recipes I looked at online and then tweaked to my taste. I’ve made this beef stew twice now and I love the hint of heat from the cayenne. I’ve made it once with sweet potatoes and once with parsnips. Either is good, although you could certainly add both. The potato starch isn’t technically paleo but many people, including me, who follow a paleo or primal diet can handle a small amount with no ill effects. If it’s not your thing, leave it out. I just like the thickness it gives the sauce.

Crockpot Spicy Beef Stew

1 1/2 – 2 lbs stew beef
2 sweet potatoes (or 5 parsnips), peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 medium white onion, sliced
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 of the tomato can filled with water
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 Tbsp potato starch (optional)

Put everything except the potato starch (if using)  in your crock pot, cook on low for 8 hours. Before serving stir in the potato starch and let sit for 10-15 minutes to thicken. Serve and eat!

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