Happy belated Fourth of July to all you ‘murricans! I hope you all ate delicious barbeque and burgers. The weather here in Atlanta kinda blew so I didn’t do anything too exciting. Food was definitely the highlight of my Fourth. But let’s be real, food is the highlight of like everyday for me. I did go to a party and see a lot of people from high school though, and quite a few people told me they’ve been following my blog so that made me happy thanks guys!
I JUST GOT A SURPRISE DELIVERY OF PALEO TREATS!!!! I emailed them about reviewing some of their products for HASHTAGpaleo and they didn’t respond, but literally as I’m writing this blog post, I got a package with a sample pack from them! Now I’m definitely a little more anxious to finish the 21 DSD. I have EPIC bars and a bunch of brownies, macaroons and other Paleo Treats waiting for me on the other side! I can’t wait.
So I broke down and bought some more sunflower butter.. but only because I really wanted some Sunshine sauce!! (In this post I made a promise to myself to not buy another jar until I finished the 21 Day Sugar Detox.. oops!) I swear, I didn’t get it to satisfy my sweet tooth though. And I’m taking an oath that I will make the jar last 2 months… or maybe just one.. tehe.
Wondering what Sunshine sauce is? Only the best dipping sauce ever. It goes with everything: veggies, deli meat, grilled meat, meatballs; I wouldn’t be surprised if it even tasted good with fruit. Okay maybe that’s a little weird, but it’s possible. I’ll try it and get back to you. Sunshine sauce was invented by the genius Melissa from The Clothes Make the Girl, initially as a paleo substitute for peanut sauce. I’ve never been a fan of peanut sauce but Sunshine sauce is just somethin’ else. It’s my go-to dipping sauce and it goes perfectly with these Kofta Spiced Meatballs (Sunshine sauce recipe is below the meatball recipe).
I’m half Saudi Arabian, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Middle Eastern food, even though I don’t eat it that often. I’m not experienced at all with cooking Middle Eastern food, but kofta is pretty simple, so this is just my adaptation. Kofta is traditionally made with ground lamb or beef, but feel free to sub your meat of choice.
If you don’t think Sunshine sauce would be your thing, you’re a freak. But hey, I don’t judge, so here are a few other suggestions for dipping sauces for these meatballs:
Complement the rich meatballs with a fresh salad, like this Tomato Cucumber salad.
1 lb ground beef, lamb, turkey or bison
½ medium onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
3 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
½ tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 190 C/400 F, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Mix all the ingredients until everything is incorporated evenly. To make things easier, you could put the onion, parsley and garlic (not diced or minced yet) into the food processer and pulse until everything is finely chopped and mixed. Then add the spices and pulse a few times to combine, then combine that mixture with the ground meat and egg in a large bowl and mix until everything is evenly incorporated.
- Chill the meatball mixture for 15 minutes. This will make shaping the meatballs easier
- Scoop out rounded Tablespoonfuls of the meatball mixture and roll into a ball, then place on the lined baking sheet. Leave about ½ inch between meatballs. You should have around 18-20 meatballs.
- Bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
- Serve with a dipping sauce and a fresh salad, or some roasted veggies.
(recipe from here)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon coconut aminos
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (I like Sunbutter; no sugar added)
dash ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 cup coconut milk
- Put all the ingredients, except for the coconut milk, into a food processor and process until blended.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processor, add the coconut milk, and process until smooth.
*Alternatively, you can mix all of this by hand. I usually do
- Enjoy with literally anything. I dare you.
I’ve got a few good recipes lined up for the next few days, so be on the look out Have a happy weekend!