Thursday, January 30, 2014

Delicious Whole30 Dinners.

I've gotten several questions from folks about what we eat while we're on the Whole30.  And I always say that we've had some AMAZING meals this month.  Before I started on this, Kelly had some great tips since she and her husband eat Paleo year-round, and she told me that they ate like kings.  And I completely agree with her.  Sure, I'm deprived of cupcakes and bread.  But I'm absolutely NOT deprived of food.  We eat a lot of food, and it's all been SO good.  These are two of my favorite things we've had this month.  I've made them both multiple times because they're so delicious.

The Best Pork Chops Ever
Recipe adapted from Just JessieB

Ingredients:
-4 pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
-4 tsp almond meal/flour
-1/2 tsp of each: garlic powder, italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and black pepper
-2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions:
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF.  Combine the almond meal and spices in a small bowl.  Coat both sides of the pork chops with the mixture, firmly patting the spices into the meat.  Pat the mixture into the pork chops on both sides, distributing as evenly as possible.
- In a large pan, heat the oil over medium to medium-high heat until warmed. Add the pork chops and sear on one side for three minutes.  **Do NOT pick up or flip the meat during these three minutes-- you want it to form a nice crispy crust.  After the three minutes are up, flip the pork chops and sear for an additional 2 minutes, again not picking up off the pan.
- After searing, place the pork chops on a baking sheet lined with foil, and bake in the oven for 7 minutes.
- After you take the pork chops out of the oven, let them sit for a few minutes before removing from the baking sheet.  (This helps keep the meat moist!)

CrockPot Meatballs
Recipe adapted from Kelly

Ingredients:
-1 pound of hamburger
-1 pound of itallian sausage
-2 eggs
-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
-2 tablespoons of oregano
-2 tablespoons of basil
-1/4 cup of almond meal (or breadcrumbs for non-Paleo eaters)
-1/4 cup of coconut milk
-1 jar of marinara/tomato sauce
-1/2 of a small onion

Directions:
- Place meat in bowl of stand mixer and turn on low.  As the meat is mixing, add in the two eggs.  Then the coconut milk.  Then the almond meal.  And then the spices.  Turn up the speed to 2 or 4 and mix until all ingredients are well combined.
- Chop up the onion and place half in the bottom of your crock pot.  Roll your meat mixture into balls, and put a layer of them over the onions then pour half of the sauce over the meatballs.  Repeat.
- Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4.

Notes:
- If you don't have a stand mixer, feel free to use a bowl and your hands.  I just hate handling raw meat, so I use my mixer.
- My crockpot isn't huge, so I had meatballs left that wouldn't fit.  I just put them on wax paper on a cookie sheet into the freezer.  Once they were completely frozen, I put them in a ziploc bag for later use.  Super easy.

17 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, both of these sound so yummy! I'm really excited to try the pork chops. I've been wanting to try some pork chops lately, but I haven't found the recipe I want. This one sounds great.

    Are you going to share your results from the Whole30 when you're done?

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  2. Glad to hear you're loving your food and the pork looks fab.

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  3. Super late on this but so glad you loved the pork chops! I'm about to start my second Whole30 myself... might have to bust out the pork chop recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Made these for my husband. He said they were absolutely delicious!

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