WHOLE30 SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS
(WHOLE30, GRAIN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, PALEO)
Sweet and sour has always been one of my favorite combinations in cooking. I grew up eating sweet and sour chicken from my favorite local Chinese restaurant and loved the flavor combo. I wanted to recreate that same sweet and sour sauce but with a healthy list of ingredients. This sauce is a little sweet and a little savory. The pineapple juice is the boldest flavor, while the coconut aminos adds a nice Asian flair without being overpowering. The red pepper and red onion provide a pop of color and a punch of flavor. The meatballs themselves are tender and flavorful, just a hint of sweetness from the pineapple juice. After baking the meatballs, you’ll let them simmer in a skillet with the veggies and sauce. This really allows the meatballs to “marinate” and adds such a richness to them. I enjoy these meatballs over cauliflower rice but I’m anxious to try them with spaghetti squash as well. These sweet and sour meatballs would also make a great standalone appetizer. Just stick some toothpicks in them and you’re set! No matter which way you serve them, they are sure to be a big hit!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Lunch, Dinner
Servings: 4 servings
1 lb ground hamburger (I used Teton Waters Ranch burgers for mine) (add more if needed)
1-2 TBL almond flour (add more if needed)
2 TBL pineapple juice
1 TBL olive oil
Pinch sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 TBL date syrup (or 1 date, blended into a paste)
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 TBL coconut aminos
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup pineapple, diced into 1 inch pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground burger, almond flour, egg, salt, pepper and pineapple juice. Form into 1.5 inch balls.
Place meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine the rest of the ingredients. Bring sauce and veggies to a light simmer. Cook sauce for 5-6 minutes. Add meatballs into sauce and lightly simmer for 2-3 minutes.