Sorry everyone for being missing in action. I’ve had a little head cold, thanks to my little munchkins. Still have it but hoping I’m on the tail end of it. Yesterday I finally I had a spike of energy and got back into the kitchen and I went a little crazy preparing meals for the week. And of course, Paleo meals. It also helped that I got a really cool new kitchen tool. I finally broke down and got the OXO Stainless Steel Mandoline and I’m in love. It’s one of those things where I wonder what I did without it….well I know what I did but seriously it was so much fun to use. Be prepared for recipes to come using my new fun kitchen tool. Like these zucchini noodles, without my mandoline I couldn’t have made these delicious zucchini noodles. I’m sure I will making more soon too. Now with the Paleo “diet” you can’t have grains, pastas, etc. Not even gluten-free pasta. And what’s a meatball without “noodles”. At least that’s what my pasta loving husband had to say when I told him what was on the menu to make yesterday. He was very intrigued as to how I was going to pull this dish off. And of course, what the meatballs were going to taste like too. After all, veggies in a meatball? My response, a mom’s attempt to get veggies in her child’s belly. Which brings me to this, the true test on the meatballs were my little ones. And even though they are twins they have totally different taste buds. One is willing to try anything and eat pretty much anything. Even last week while I was eating asparagus she asked if she could have some. Inside I was jumping up and down when I heard those words come out of her mouth. Of course you can have some! Ha! Now when it comes to the other child, she is officially my picky child. Not sure what has happen but in the past 6 months if it’s not a specific fruit or grain it takes a little more “persuading” for her to eat it. I was determined with these meatballs to surprise the whole family especially since my goal is to have the family completely Paleo. At least the little ones. When all was done and fresh out of the oven and skillet 3 out of 4 people loved this dish and gave it a thumbs up. However, the little munchkin who I mentioned was my picky eater was still on the fence. She tried it at least. I got that far, but that was it. Don’t worry though, I plan to attempt again. Don’t they say to keep trying things? Well, this mom isn’t giving up quite yet. And the skeptic husband that loves pasta, loved this dish so I made some headway. Now I’m off to attempt more Paleo recipes so be prepared my friends. And I’m telling you, you will be surprised how easy and delicious it can be.
See you back here soon!
Chicken Veggie Meatballs with Pesto Zucchini “Noodles”
Chicken Veggie Meatballs
1 cup zucchini, chopped (about 1 zucchini)
1 cup carrots, chopped (about 2 medium carrots)
½ cup parsley, coarsely chopped
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup blanched almond flour
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
Preheat oven to 350
In a food processor, pulse together the zucchini, carrots, parsley and garlic.
Add almond flour, egg, chicken and pulse.
Then add salt, pepper and chili powder and process until thoroughly combined.
Drop tablespoon size balls of the chicken mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake 23 to 28 minutes.
Paleo Spinach Pesto
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh basil
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor, add spinach, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Turn food processor on and add olive oil while processing. Pulse until blended thoroughly. If you need to add more olive oil add 1 tablespoon at a time.
1 to 2 large zucchini’s
1 tablespoons coconut oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut zucchini with a mandoline into “noodles”.
In a skillet heat 1 tablespoons coconut oil, sauté zucchini with minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste until soft or resembles noodles. Toss noodles with spinach pesto and heat for about 1 minutes.
To serve: Add zucchini noodles to plate and top with meatballs. Enjoy!