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Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Oh man, I’ve had a looooong weekend. We moved out of our apartment yesterday, without a permanent new place. We are still staying in the same area but at an Airbnb until we figure things out. So this past week was a whole lot of putting crap in boxes, driving around in a U-Haul, lifting heavy things, and lugging things into storage. I’m so so tired today so I’m taking it easy. Luckily, our Airbnb is so nice and gorgeous, and I’ll probably share a few photos on Instagram.

Right before the move out day, I prepared by putting together snacks that I could munch on during and after the move. Of course, this consisted of thinking of ways to use up whatever food I had left in the kitchen. This was basically the process of how I came up with this easy but SUPER ADDICTING recipe: spiced bacon cashews.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

I don’t know why I never thought to put cashews and bacon together before. I mean, even the thought about it sounds amazing! Crispy, salty bacon and creamy cashews. What’s not to love? I had to portion this out a handful at a time, because I know I can just finish the entire thing in one sitting. However, it’s actually quite filling so it held me over between meals when I was exerting a lot of energy during the move.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Also, since it’s coming up, this could also be an amazing Super Bowl snack! If you don’t know, it’s this weekend, and I’m excited to munch on all the game day foods. Plus, if you are in a hurry, these spiced bacon cashews literally comes together in less than 10 minutes. What’s not to love about that? Hope you try out this amazing combo, because it’s just the best!

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chopped thick-cut bacon, sugar-free
  • ½ lb raw cashews, about 2 cups
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together sea salt, cinnamon, and cayenne, if using. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook the bacon in the skillet for 4-5 minutes, until they are crispy.
  4. Add the cashew and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes, until toasted evenly.
  5. Add the mixed spices and stir together for 1 minute until evenly coated.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spinach and Artichoke Meatballs

Paleo Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
 
Can you believe Super Bowl is almost here? Those of you who aren’t into sports are probably like, “Yes, and I don’t give a fuuuuuuu—.” I get it. I don’t much care about the teams playing this year, but I do enjoy watching football with friends and it’s so exciting to get into a game that so many people care about.

If you don’t agree, then can’t we all at least agree that game day food is the best? Nachos, wings, dips, chili, finger foods… What’s not to love?

Today’s recipe was created out of my love for both spinach and artichoke dip and meatballs, and it’s the perfect game day food that won’t make you feel tired and sluggish afterwards.

Paleo Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs

Paleo Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs

Paleo Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
 
I love these spinach and artichoke meatballs because they literally come together in 5 minutes and all you really have to do is throw them in the oven. And they are seriously so delicious! The meatballs are a bit veggie heavy so I didn’t think the fiancé would love them, but he gobbled them up and told me how amazing they were. I think the sauce really pulls all the flavors together so definitely definitely make the sauce! It adds the creaminess and tanginess that’s so amazing in a spinach and artichoke dip.

Paleo Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs

Paleo Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs

Paleo Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
 
Whether you are hosting or going to a Super Bowl party, I know these meatballs will be a popular crowd pleaser. It’s so healthy (they are sugar detox-friendly!) but still so healthy and flavorful. I promise, you won’t miss the cheese but if you aren’t lactose intolerant like me, you can also replace nutritional yeast with some cheddar or parmesan. I hope you love these as much as we did!

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Spinach and Artichoke Meatballs
 
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Ingredients
Meatballs
  • 1½ lb ground pork
  • 1 14-oz can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Dipping Sauce
  • ¼ cup paleo mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 stalk of green onion, finely minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Use your hands to squeeze out the liquid from the artichoke hearts and spinach.
  3. Mix all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl.
  4. Shape into 24-30 meatballs, about the size of golf balls.
  5. Place on the lined baking sheet, making sure that they don't touch each other.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.
  7. Serve drizzled with dipping sauce (recipe below) or you can serve the sauce on the side to dip the meatballs in.
Dipping Sauce
  1. While the meatballs are baking, mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until ready to serve.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Spinach Artichoke Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

OMG, how good do these look? I made these sweet and sour chicken wings on a whim over the weekend because C requested wings for the NFL playoffs. I don’t much care for the teams that are in the playoffs this year, except for NY Giants, but I was way more excited about eating wings (typical me).

We usually eat my Game Day Baked Chicken Wings, but since my mom is still staying with us and following the AIP diet, I made this new nightshade-free version as well and it turned out pretty fantastic. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

I love the combination of sweet and sour. I usually do not like sweet foods on its own, but the addition of sour really balances the flavors and I enjoyed this a lot. It was such a nice change to the hot wings that we usually eat, and I was happy that my mom really liked it as well. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings-11

I highly recommend broiling the wings at the end if you like crispy chicken wings. I love biting into the slight char on the skin, especially when it’s coated in the sticky, yummy sauce.

Also, it’s awards season! Anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? How fun. Seeing from the results, it looks like I really need to go see La La Land. I mean, I don’t need much convincing when it’s a love story with 2 very good looking people starring in it.

Whether it’s a game day or an awards show watching night, I think you’ll love these sweet and sour chicken wings. It definitely was a hit in our household!

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lb chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup cilantro, packed
  • ¼ cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (omit for sugar detox)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic (omit for low FODMAP)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle the wings with salt and toss gently to coat.
  3. Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. While the wings are baking, place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour out the sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once boiling, bring the heat to medium low to bring the sauce to simmer.
  6. Whisk the sauce frequently until it's thickened and reduced to half. Pour out the sauce into a large bowl.
  7. Once the chicken is done, add the wings to the sauce and toss until well coated.
  8. Optional: Place back in the oven and broil for 3 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  9. Garnish with more chopped chives before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free AIP Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings