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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 Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It’s also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Anyone else loving that it’s June?? Summer is my MF-in’ season, and I’m so happy that we are inching closer to it. I always say June is the Friday of the months because you have all the anticipation and excitement of the sunshine, bathing suits, and beach adventures, without the anxiety and sadness that summer’s almost over.

I know not everyone feels the same way and a ton of people love the Fall, but I guess that why I live in Southern California! Anyway, let’s talk about this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork because it’s pretty dang delicious, and we’ve been repurposing it in so many different ways all week.

I do have an old post of another pulled pork recipe with a yummy barbecue sauce made in the slow cooker so go check that one out if you like saucy pulled pork. Just a warning: it has some pretty horrendous photos from when I was a beginner blogger. I’m working on updating them soon!

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub Recipe

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork uses dry rub that’s added on after the pork is cooked because I’ve found that most of the flavor gets lost if you cook with the spices on the pork. Adding them on afterward helps bring out the flavor more and also lets you be a bit more flexible with them as well, depending on how salty, spicy, or sweet you want it.

I like to use bone-in pork shoulder because I find that the meat tastes so much better cooked with the bone, but a boneless cut will work as well. The cooking process is easy peasy and you just let the Instant Pot do all the work, as it simmers the pork in a delicious combination of pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar.

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Ways to Enjoy Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

This recipe is so tasty just alone with some yummy sides like my Simple Paleo Coleslaw or Paleo Asian Coleslaw. But if you want to be more creative, here are some other ways that we’ve been enjoying this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork:

  • In salads
  • In tacos wrapped in grain-free tortillas
  • In fried cauliflower rice
  • In taquitos
  • In burrito bowls
  • As a topping on pizza
  • Over eggs
  • In breakfast hash
  • Stuffed in sweet potatoes
  • Wrapped in lettuce wraps
  • Over nachos
  • …and so much more!

How would you enjoy your leftover pulled pork?

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It's also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 294kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 8-9 lb bone-in pork shoulder/butt or 5-6 lb boneless
  • 5 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  • Cut the pork into 4-5 inch chunks. If using bone-in, cut around the bone. If you'd like, trim the fat around the meat.
  • Add the pork (and the bone) to the Instant Pot. 
  • Sprinkle the pork with 3 tsp of sea salt, making sure to cover all sides.
  • Add the onion to the pork.
  • Pour in pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard over the pork and onions.
  • Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to Manual on HIGH for 60 minutes. 
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then release the rest of the pressure manually.
  • Open the lid and transfer the pork and onions to a large bowl, along with 1 cup of the liquid. Discard the rest of the liquid.
  • Remove the fat if you prefer, then use 2 forks to shred the pork into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 tsp sea salt and the rest of the spices together.
  • Sprinkle the spices over the pork and onions and toss together.
  • Serve warm, or freeze into individual portions. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1133mg | Potassium: 701mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6.9% | Vitamin C: 4.5% | Calcium: 3.6% | Iron: 15.4%

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Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork (Whole30)

Celebrate summer with this Whole30 and Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice, served with perfectly juicy and flavorful grilled pineapple pork tenderloin.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

The weather sure has been warming up and I’ve been firing up my grill more and more, and I’ve been absolutely loving it. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge fan of the grill because I think it makes food look and taste better with its char marks and subtle smokiness, and you can see some of my favorite grill recipes here.

I’ve recently been seeing pineapples coming out at the market, which makes me so happy. They are one of my favorite fruits because they are so dang refreshing, while tasting perfectly sweet and tart. Plus, they remind me of summer, which is always a good thing for me.

Today’s recipe is a celebration of welcoming the warmer months, using the grill to cook the pork tenderloin to a perfectly juicy finish, and incorporating pineapples into this paleo pineapple fried rice to infuse the sweet and savory flavors together. I don’t know about you, but the combo of pineapples and pork is a match made in heaven.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

The pineapple adds a delicious flavor and sweetness without overpowering the flavors in this paleo pineapple fried rice, and it goes so well with the spices like coconut aminos and tumeric. I usually don’t like dishes that are too sweet, but this tasted perfectly balanced and I ended up eating way more than I intended.

Of course, the main star of the dish is the pork tenderloin. I’ve never grilled pork tenderloin before this, but you bet that’ll be the only way I cook it from now on because it turned out fantastic! It formed a beautiful golden crust on the outside, while being super moist inside. The marinade gives it an amazing flavor and my husband kept saying I have to make it again soon.

If you own a grill, I couldn’t suggest this recipe enough! But even if you don’t, you can always use the broiler to cook up this easy and delicious dish that everyone will go crazy for.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork TenderloinPaleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

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Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork

Celebrate summer with this Whole30 and Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice, served with perfectly juicy and flavorful grilled pineapple pork tenderloin.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 458kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Pineapple Grilled Pork

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 6 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin

Pineapple Fried Rice

  • 1 large cauliflower or 5 cups of pre-riced cauliflwoer
  • 4 tsp coconut oil divided
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • Optional: Chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

Pineapple Grilled Pork

  • Combine pineapple, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, dijon mustard, and sea salt in a food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  • Add the pork to a large resealable bag, then pour in the marinade. 
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours to overnight. 
  • Remove the pork from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature while you prepare the grill. Discard the marinade.
  • Preheat the grill to high.
  • Place the pork tenderloin over direct heat and close the lid. Grill for one minute. 
  • Repeat for the 3 remaining sides of the pork.
  • Move the pork to indirect heat and grill for 4 minutes with the lid closed. 
  • Flip and repeat, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 140 degrees F.
  • Remove from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes. Make the Pineapple Fried Rice while the pork rests.

Pineapple Fried Rice

  • If using a whole cauliflower, remove the leaves off the cauliflower and cut off the florets from the roots.
  • Use a cheese grater or a food processor with a grater attachment, and grate the cauliflower into the size of rice. Set aside. 
  • Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  • Add the eggs and cook stirring for 1 minutes, until the eggs are set and scrambled. Transfer to a dish and set aside
  • Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in the same skillet. 
  • Add onion, carrot, red bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and 1 tsp sea salt.
  • Cook stirring for 4-5 minutes until the onion is softened.
  • Add cauliflower rice, pineapple, coconut aminos, turmeric, and 1 tsp sea salt.
  • Stir together to coat, then close the lid. Lower the heat to medium low and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Uncover, add scrambled eggs and green onions, and stir.
  • Remove from heat and plate. Cut the pork into thin slices and add to the pineapple fried rice. 
  • If using, garnish with cilantro before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 2648mg | Potassium: 1092mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 76.6% | Vitamin C: 100.3% | Calcium: 9.4% | Iron: 16.6%

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.