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Baked Pizza Meatballs

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It’s a Saturday afternoon “rest” day. So of course, I’ve done a lot of cooking, cleaning and watching Friends. I’m also going to indulge in a mini I’m-so-over-college rant. I really can’t neglect school this next week as much as I did last week.  I missed more than half of my classes simply because I don’t care. This upcoming week is my last week of school.  All in all, I’ve had a good semester but it flew by crazy fast. A lot has happened that I’m grateful for and I’ve overcome a few struggles of my own. Regardless, it would be a great semester to finish off my college career.

But nope…..of course the educational gods (AKA the school dean and administrators) wanted to grant me with one more lingering school session, out of the kindness of their rotten hearts. Thanks. On a positive note, that will just give me more time to search for my first job. I have a good idea of where I’m going to go, but I’m not releasing any deets quite yet.

Enough whining. Let’s talk about how delicious my kitchen smells right now. It’s a mixture of grassfed longhorn (yes, grassfed is a smell), pepperoni, parsley and onion. Maybe, a little bit of bacon fat hidden somewhere too.
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Ingredients:
1 pound lean beef (bison, longhorn, grass-fed)
1 oz nitrate-free pepperoni, chopped
1 egg
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 T chopped Italian Parsley
1 T Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic
3 T marinara sauce (I use this one)
1 T coconut oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Set the oven to 400 degrees. Saute the onion and garlic in the coconut oil, on a skillet set to medium-high heat, until onions are translucent. Once done, put them in a bowl with the beef, pepperoni, egg, parsley, Mrs. Dash and 2 T of the marinara sauce. Mix well with your hands and then form into little balls. Place them on a baking dish with either parchment paper or greased with grassfed butter/coconut oil and then top each meatball with a little bit of what’s left of the marinara sauce. Put the meatballs in the oven for 15 minutes. Pair with spaghetti squash, spiraled zucchini, or a big side of veggies!
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Mmmm don’t you wanna touch all of dat.

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Pepperoni is my weakness.2013-04-27 01.32.05

Not a big pizza person. But meatballs….2013-04-27 01.39.29I just can’t get enough.

I’m pretty pleased with how this recipe came out, so please give it a go and let me know how you like em! Have a great weekend!

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Spaghetti Squash…Spaghetti!

2013-01-05 06.50.10Ready for a mouth-watering, low carb, high protein meal to satisfy even the most intense Italian craving?  This spaghetti squash dish is paleo and absolutely perfect for the whole family or just for one.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 spaghetti squash (prepared)
1 jar of your favourite sauce (I bought an organic Italian herb sauce but you can also make your own)
1 T minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 T onion powder
1 T garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
a dash of pepper

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut ends off of the squash and then cut lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and squash junk, then place each squash face down on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The less time you cook it for, the “crunchier” the squash will be. I did mine for 50 minutes and it was perfect! (for more ways to prepare spaghetti squash look here)
2. Saute onions in a skillet with whatever kind of oil you want (I used a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil) for a few minutes and then add in the beef, garlic and spices.
3. When the beef is mostly cooked through, add in the mushrooms and sauce. Feel free to heat up the sauce separately and let each person add however much sauce they want to their own plate!
4. Take out the squash and use your fork to pull out the strings. It should come out of the squash very easily!
5. Pile up the squash and the goods on your plate, then dig in!

(I have no idea how many servings this would make probably anywhere from 3-5, just use your own judgment on how much sauce and meat you personally want)