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Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These delicious Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs are so much healthier and taster than the takeout version! It’s only sweetened with pineapple juice but so flavorful.

Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and sour sauce dishes at Chinese restaurants used to be my go-to growing up. There’s something so addicting about the combination of 2 flavors, especially when they coat any kind of meat, and I love how these components balance each other out so well.

These days, I don’t ever get Chinese takeout, but the sugar content alone would make me feel horrible if I did, let alone all the gluten, soy, and MSG that are common at these restaurants. So, of course, I made a healthier, low-sugar version at home so I can enjoy it again, and it tastes even better than the original!

Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

These Whole30 sweet and sour meatballs are made using real food substitutions but you won’t miss out on any of the delicious flavors. The sauce is sweetened with pineapple juice and coconut aminos, which has a naturally sweet flavor especially when cooked down like it is in this recipe.

The combination apple cider vinegar and sugar free ketchup provides that sour and tangy flavor that’s so tasty and addicting! This recipe makes a good amount of the sweet and sour sauce, so don’t throw it out if you have extra left over. You can always use it to pour on other meats and veggies, because it’s just that good.

Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Substitutions and Variations

While this Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs are amazing as they are written, I completely understand if you want to try different variations depending on the ingredients you have on hand. Here are some way you can change it up:

  • You can use any combination of ground meat. I do like to add a little bit of beef when I make meatballs because it provides so much moisture and flavor. However, you’ll be cooking the meatballs in the sauce anyway, so leaner cuts like chicken or turkey will work as well.
  • The sauce can be thickened with other starches like arrowroot or potato. If you want to use something like coconut flour, I would reduce it to 2 tsp because coconut flour absorbs a lot of water.
  • Feel free to experiment with different vegetables to cook in the sauce. Broccoli, onions, and green beans can all work.
  • If you like your sweet and sour sauce extra sweet, you can add 1 or 2 medjool dates to the sauce ingredients before you blend it all together. I personally didn’t think that this was necessary, but I know many of you like things sweeter than me!
Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Ways to Serve These Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These meatballs are just so good on their own, but even better if you have cauliflower rice to soak up all the delicious sauce. If you aren’t doing the Whole30 challenge and are fine with grains, you can serve with regular white rice (I’ve been loving basmati lately).

I’ve been eating these meatballs with rice and a side of steamed broccoli and it’s been one of my favorite meals that’s so healthy and balanced. What would you serve these meatballs with? I would love some other ideas!

Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs
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Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These delicious Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs are so much healthier and taster than the takeout version! It’s only sweetened with pineapple juice but so flavorful.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 368kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 bell pepper cut into chunks, any color
  • Chopped green onions for garnish

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place all ingredients for the meatballs in the large bowl and mix together.
  • Form into golf sized balls and place evenly on a baking sheet, without have them touch each other. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are baking, place all ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Remove the meatballs once they are finished baking.
  • Pour the sauce into a large saucepan and heat over medium high heat until it comes to a boil. 
  • Add the meatballs and bell pepper, then reduce the heat to medium until everything comes to a simmer.
  • Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened. 
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servings (about 5 meatballs) | Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 13.2% | Vitamin C: 37.7% | Calcium: 3.1% | Iron: 10%
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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)[Video]

This easy but flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a fast and delicious meal any time of the year, and it’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is one of those Italian dishes that brings me so much comfort and joy. I love any meat dishes in spiced and simmered tomato sauce, and this Instant Pot chicken cacciatore is a perfect example of that. Not only does it taste like it’s been braised for hours, but it actually only take 10 minutes of cooking time in the Instant Pot!

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The Most Flavorful Chicken Cut

I find that this Instant Pot chicken cacciatore recipe tastes the best and yields the most flavorful results when you use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. This cut brings out the most juice in the sauce AND the meat will turn out so tender as well. You can, of course, use other chicken cuts, like breasts or boneless, skinless thighs, if that’s what you prefer. I never tried but I bet drumsticks would be amazing as well!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

The Instant Pot Size Matters

I cooked this Whole30 chicken cacciatore in a 6-qt Instant Pot. But, if you have one that’s larger, you may want to double the recipes for everything to come to pressure. If you DON’T want to make that much, you can also just double the broth. The sauce may come out a bit more watery, but the flavor will still be there!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

How to Serve This Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This version of chicken cacciatore uses a lot of veggies, so you can totally feel satisfied eating it on its own. But if you want to prepare a side to go with it, these are some of my favorites:

  • zucchini noodles
  • cauliflower rice
  • spaghetti squash
  • gluten free pasta
  • paleo keto bread
  • polenta (if you eat grains)
  • rice
  • gnocchi

Hope you enjoy this Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore, that’s full of rustic and comforting flavors. Please leave me a review below of how it turns out if you make it!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

This easy but flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a fast and delicious meal any time of the year, and it’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Pressurizing/depressurizing time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 440kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup bone broth or chicken broth
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives optional

Instructions

  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a 6-qt Instant Pot to Sauté and add 2 tbsp of avocado oil.
  • Once it indicates that that pot is “hot” add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides for 3 minutes each. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Add onions and garlic to the Instant Pot and cook for 3 minutes. 
  • Pour in bone broth. Use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot and scrap up the browned bits on the bottom. 
  • Select the “Cancel” function and add the rest of the ingredients, except chicken and olives, and stir together. 
  • Place the chicken thighs in the sauce.
  • Secure the lid, make sure the pressure valve is set to “Sealing.”
  • Cook on Manual for 10 minutes, and let it naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Stir in kalamata olives, if using, and taste to adjust season.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice, rice, gluten free pasta, zoodles, spaghetti squash, or enjoy alone!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 668mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 77.9% | Vitamin C: 54.8% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 9.8%
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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all.

Whole30 Cobb Salad

I know salads have a reputation of being “boring,” but my favorite meals with the most flavor are hearty salads with all the yummy ingredients. It all depends on what you add to a salad, and it’s important to include some delicious protein, fats, and textures to make them fun, vibrant, and keep you satiated for hours!

Whole30 Cobb Salad Recipe

This Whole30 Cobb Salad is a definitely a recipe that filling enough to be a meal on its own, and you’ll love it if you are a fan of classic cobb salads. It has hard boiled eggs, crunchy bacon, meaty chicken, along with the most refreshing combo of veggies like romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.

The only thing it doesn’t include is to make it Whole30 and paleo is the blue cheese, but I don’t think you’ll miss it at all. The dressing is simple but adds a ton of flavor without the cheese! BUT, if you are keto and/or you aren’t bothered by dairy, feel free to add it to your liking.

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad

Great for Potlucks and Picnics

This Whole30 Cobb Salad can be made ahead of time and is actually quite portable! It’s especially great during the Spring and Summer, because it’s so refreshing and the great weather makes dining outside so much more pleasant. Plus it’s such a crowd-pleasing recipe!

If you do decide to travel with this Whole30 cobb salad, you do need to make a small change in the recipe to keep it fresh and delicious. Because the lettuce can get soggy once the dressing is on it, just follow the instructions as is without the lettuce. Once you are ready to serve, you can add the lettuce and toss gently before enjoying!

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad
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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all. 
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Egg cooling time 5 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 521kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 slices bacon sugar & nitrate free
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 avocado diced or sliced
  • 3 stalks of green onions chopped

Dressing

Instructions

Hard-boiled eggs

  • Stovetop MethodBring water to a boil in a saucepan. Take out eggs straight from the fridge, then lower the eggs into the water gently, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath. Once the eggs are done cooking, place them in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Peel the eggs under cold running water.
  • Instant Pot Method:  Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket or the trivet it came with over the water. Place the eggs on the steamer basket or the trivet. Close the lid, and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing. Cook on high on Manual for 5 minutes, and prepare an ice bath. Once it beeps to a finish, quick release the pressure for slightly soft-centered eggs (like in my photos) or let it naturally release pressure for 5 minutes for true hard-boiled eggs. Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let them cool for at least 5 minutes before peeling.

Bacon

  • Fry bacon slices in a pan over medium heat until even browned and crisp, about 7 minutes.
  • Drain and roughly crumble. Set aside.

Assemble

  • Place romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large salad bowl.
  • Top with chicken, eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing and whisk together.
  • Drizzle over the salad and toss together gently before serving.

Notes

If you are making this ahead of time, follow the instructions but leave out the lettuce until it’s time to serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 91.1% | Vitamin C: 18.9% | Calcium: 5.3% | Iron: 14.9%
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