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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 Paleo Hamburger Soup (Whole30)

This Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup is so comforting and easy, and you can even make it Whole30-compliant! It’s a quick and healthy meal for a busy weeknight. 

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup

This humble and comforting Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup is a recipe that I’ve been making for about a year now and it’s such a winner every time. I actually posted on Instagram Stories last winter about this soup and asked you if I should share the recipe, and an overwhelming majority of you answered, “hell yes!” I want to apologize because I totally forgot about it and I am now finally posting it.

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup Recipe

This is the kind of soup that has a ton of veggies in it, but my husband even loves it every time I make it. He’s not a veggie lover like me but he’ll eat it in soups without complaining. Not only that, I made it using bone broth so it’s even more packed with all the gut-healing good-for-you nutrients! If you don’t have bone broth on hand, you can just use plain beef broth as well.

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup

Whole30 Option

I just used my homemade paleo ketchup for this recipe that I always try to have on hand, which contains maple syrup, but you can easily make it Whole30-compliant by using a Whole30-friendly ketchup recipe that’s sweetened with dates or other fruits. I really like this one that really does taste like actual ketchup and will go great in this recipe. If you don’t want any sweetener at all, this is also a good one to try out.

With the weather cooling down these days, I’m planning to come up with more Instant and soup recipes so stay tuned! In the meantime, I hope you make this Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup, because it’s so hearty, filling, and packed with all the healthy ingredients.

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup

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Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup (Whole30)

This Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup is so comforting and easy, and you can even make it Whole30-compliant! It's a quick and healthy meal for a busy weeknight. 
Servings 4 servings
Calories 471kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb ground beef preferably grass fed
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped potatoes
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 4 cups bone broth or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free ketchup or regular ketchup if you not doing the Whole30
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté function, and add ghee or coconut oil.
  • Once the Instant Pot indicates that it's "hot," add onions and garlic, and cook stirring for 3 minutes until the onions are translucent and browned.
  • Add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula.
  • Press Cancel to turn off the Instant Pot. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir together. 
  • Close the lid and set it to Manual on HIGH for 10 minutes. 
  • Once it beeps to a finish, you can quick release the pressure to eat it right away, let it release pressure naturally for 15 minutes. 
  • Serve hot alone or garnished with parsley, cilantro, or red pepper flakes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1638mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 59.6% | Vitamin C: 22.2% | Calcium: 8.8% | Iron: 30%

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Homemade Paleo Ketchup + 9 Quick and Easy Ketchup Variations

Healthy homemade paleo ketchup is so easy to make, and you’ll also love the 9 flavor variations that take seconds to come together!

Homemade Paleo Ketchup

For a while, I stopped eating store-bought or restaurant ketchup because the most popular brand (you know which one) adds high fructose corn syrup to theirs, which is an ingredient I avoid like a plague. That’s when I started making my own at home and it’s been a staple in my fridge ever since.

These days, there are much better options on the market, but none of them taste as good as this homemade paleo ketchup that I keep going back to. This ketchup is so simple and easy to make that I never actually thought to post a recipe for it.

However, a reader recently asked me what my favorite ketchup brand is, and since the answer is “my own,” I knew I had to share it. This version only takes 5 minutes to whip up together with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, so I hope you make it!

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My favorite way to enjoy this ketchup is dipping sweet potato fries in it, because that’s a combo that can’t be beat for me. I always choose Japanese purple sweet potatoes because they taste so amazing and I just love their beautiful color.

Of course, if you think this homemade paleo ketchup is boring, well, I got you. I’m sharing 9 flavor varieties so you can switch up your ketchup in just seconds. And you can be creative and come up with your own flavors as well!

Hope you check out the recipe below, and let me know what flavor ketchup you would make in the comments! I would love some new ideas to switch it up and surprise my palate every now and then.

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Homemade Paleo Ketchup
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Homemade Paleo Ketchup

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine tomato paste and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  • Just as the mixture starts to boil, turn off heat.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  • Remove from heat and cool at room temperature. Add more water if you want a thinner consistency.
  • Store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks.

If you are looking for different flavor variations for your ketchup, I have 9! Here are some ways that you can add some variety to your ketchup easily and quickly:

9 Easy Ketchup Variations
Ingredients
  • Sriracha Ketchup
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup [url href=”http://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/sriracha”]sriracha sauce[/url]
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Horseradish Ketchup
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp (or more, to taste) freshly grated horseradish root
  • Curry Ketchup
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp [url href=”http://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/currypaste”]red curry paste[/url]
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Garlic Ketchup
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup finely minced roasted bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Chili-Cumin Ketchup
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Sweet and Sour Ketchup
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp [url href=”http://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/acv”]apple cider vinegar[/url]
  • 1 tbsp [url href=”http://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/coconutaminos”]coconut aminos[/url]
  • Ketchup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 batch of Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Fry Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Paleo Ketchup
  • 1 cup [url href=”http://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/video-tutorial-how-to-make-paleo-mayonnaise/”]paleo mayonnaise[/url]
Instructions
  1. For each ketchup variety, whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Paleo Ketchup (Gluten Free, Vegan)