Turkey Meatballs with Gravy and Cauliflower Purée (Whole30-Paleo-Keto)

 

Ahhhh good ol’ comfort food, it’s the best. And just because you watch the carbs doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy warm, hearty, savory meals like this one: Turkey Meatballs with Gravy and Cauliflower Purée (Whole30-Paleo-Keto), classic comfort food with a healthful twist!
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Looks Like Mashed Potatoes….But Isn’t!

So smooth and creamy, this cauliflower purée has the look and feel of mashed potatoes, but it’s straight up steamed cauliflower with a little butter or ghee (clarified butter), sea salt and pepper all whirled together! If you prefer to have mashed potatoes with this meal, click here for my Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes.

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And Those Turkey Meatballs and Gravy?

These tender turkey meatballs are drenched in a rich, thick gravy that is so tasty you won’t believe it’s completely dairy and grain free! And the whole meal is made in under 30 minutes.

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Too Good To Be True?

Nope! It’s all true, a comfort food meal that looks, feels, and tastes decadent but is all veggie and protein.This makes for a happy belly and a happy you.

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The Recipe: Turkey Meatballs with Gravy and Cauliflower Purée (Whole30-Paleo-Keto)

Tips and what you need: a large pan, preferably cast iron. Sea salt and arrowroot powder to thicken gravy.

5 from 20 votes
Turkey Meatballs with Gravy and Cauliflower Purée (Whole30-Paleo-Keto)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Low carb comfort food that is Paleo/Keto and Whole30 compliant. Instead of cornstarch you will be using arrowroot and non dairy yogurt to thicken your gravy.

Course: dinner
Keyword: cauliflower puree, gravy, keto, meatballs, Paleo, whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 8 cups cauliflower, stem removed and broken into florets
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter)
  • 20 ounces ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (for thickening gravy)
  • 4 tablespoons non dairy plain yogurt (I use cashew or coconut yogurt)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. For Cauliflower

  2. Wash cauliflower, cut off stem and break into florets, steam until soft. When cauliflower is soft. Place half the cooked cauliflower into a food processor with 1 tablespoon ghee (or butter) and a couple pinches of sea salt and black pepper, blend until smooth (you can also use a potato masher and do it by hand) Repeat with second batch.

  3. While cauliflower is steaming, make meatballs

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Place ground turkey, egg, and almond meal in a bowl, work with hands until well blended. Add spices, 2 tablespoons chives and two generous pinches sea salt and black pepper, work with hands until mixed well

  5. Using wet hands form into 1 1/2" meatballs 

  6. In a large pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add the meatballs and cook, turning once, until golden brown but not yet cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes total. Turn off heat (do not clean the pan) Transfer to oven safe baking dish and place in oven for 5 minutes (or until cooked through)

  7. Place 2 tablespoon swarm water in a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder and whisk until smooth (this is called a slurry and will thicken your gravy). Set aside. 

  8. Return the pan used for the meatballs to high heat: Whisk in the chicken stock scraping browned bits off bottom of pan, bring broth to a boil. Once you have achieved a boil, turn off heat. Add the slurry, whisking vigorously. Return to low heat, allow 2 to 3 minutes for gravy to thicken (do not allow to boil. When gravy is desired consistency gradually add the non-dairy yogurt,  1 tablespoon at a time, whisking between additions until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. When the meatballs are cooked through, remove from oven and place in gravy pan.

  9. Place pureed cauliflower on plates, top with meatballs and gravy, garnish with remaining chives (If desired, drizzle some melted ghee over potatoes)

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10 Incredible Whole 30 Steak Dinner Recipes!

Life on Whole 30 can be a wonderfully flavorful experience. But toward the end of that 30 days you may be feeling in need of a little boost to your standard Whole 30 fare. I have 10 Whole 30 Steak Dinner Recipes that are going to shake up your menu plan in the best way possible!
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Steak Kabobs with Dijon Green Beans from Cook with Me Darling!

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Whole 30 Easy Steak Fajitas from The Movement Menu!

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Filipino Skirt Steak by I Heart Unami

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Argentinian Steak Kabobs with Chimichurri and Grilled Zucchini from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Grilled Chermoula Marinated Strip Steaks from Garlic and Zest!

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Seared Steak with Citrus and Avocado Salad from Cook with Me Darling

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Garlic Butter Steak Bites with lemon Zucchini Noodles from Eat Well 101

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Grilled Steak Fajitas Veggie Bowl from Nutrition to Fit

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Steak with Chimichurri and Roasted Harissa Sweet Potatoes from me, The Organic Kitchen

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 Asian Sesame Steak Kabobs from Whole Kitchen Sink

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THAT ABOUT SUMS IT UP!

One of my favorite parts about the Whole 30 program is that it turns you into a better cook! I hope you enjoy these recipes and your Whole 30 learning experience ~ Linda Spiker

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Paleo-Whole 30-Keto Huevos Rancheros!

 

Huevos Rancheros rates way up there on my list of favorite breakfasts. When my diet shifted way more towards Paleo/Whole 30 I missed this classic Mexican breakfast. Luckily I have no need to miss it anymore because I came up with a way to keep this recipe grain and dairy free. Introducing Whole 30/Paleo/Keto Huevos Rancheros!
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The Breakfast in Bed Series!

You may remember our master bedroom makeover. The comfy mattress, romantic atmosphere and chill vibe were the inspiration for a breakfast in bed recipe series. So far in this series we’ve made Cheesy Popovers with Chive Butter and Paleo/Whole 30 Eggs Benedict! Now it’s on to warm, flavorful, nourishing Huevos Rancheros!

Whole 30/Paleo/Keto Huevos Rancheros!

So How Do I Make Huevos Rancheros Paleo, Whole 30 and Keto Friendly?

Zucchini, that’s how! Instead of using a tortilla as a base I use a delicious and easy to make zucchini fritter. Then I top it with a fried egg and serve with my fresh pico de gallo. It’s a great way to work more veggies into your morning meal. And just look at that crispy fritter under that cute heart shaped egg. I offer two choices for the fritter: you can grate your own zucchini or if you want to make this meal even easier, use store bought spiraled zucchini and just give it a rough chop!

Paleo-Whole 30-Keto Huevos Rancheros!

Make Your Own Guacamole and Pico de Gallo…or Don’t!

When it comes to food my motto is “make it from scratch unless it’s just as good and just as healthy store bought”. So if you have a local grocery store that carries delicious Pico de Gallo and fresh guacamole, go for it. If not, you can make mine <— easy recipes

Paleo-Whole 30-Keto Huevos Rancheros!

The Recipe: Paleo-Whole 30-Keto Huevos Rancheros!

Tips and what you need: if making your own Pico de Gallo and guacamole <—click! You may use a food processor or box grater to prepare zucchini. You will need two good pans and if you want to make your eggs heart shaped, click here <— Amazon affiliate link.

5 from 20 votes
Paleo-Whole 30-Keto Huevos Rancheros!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

A delicious grain and dairy free version of the classic Huevos Rancheros. You can use store bought pico de gallo and guacamole or use the links provided in blog post to make mine. You can also grate the zucchini yourself using a box grater or food processor or buy pre-spiraled zucchini at the store and give it a rough chop!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy breakfast recipe, Keto recipe, Whole30 recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • Pico de Gallo or salsa store bought or use links above to make your own
  • Guacamole  store bought or use links above to make your own
  • 2 medium zucchini grated (or 3 1/2 cups spiralized zucchini, chopped)
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chives chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon almond flour or your favorite grain free flour
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. If making you own pico and guacamole, do that first, set aside
  2. Use a food processor or a box grater to grate zucchini. (Another option is to buy or make spiraled zucchini and give a rough chop)
  3. Place zucchini in a bowl lined with paper towels, sprinkle zucchini with sea salt and pepper and allow to rest for a few minutes.
  4. Chop chives and whisk one egg in a little bowl
  5. Use paper towels to squeeze out any extra moisture in zucchini then return zucchini to bowl and discard towel
  6. Use a fork to stir in egg , almond flour and 1 tablespoon chives until well combined
  7. Heat a large pan on high heat for two minutes, add enough olive oil to coat pan and allow to heat for 30 seconds
  8. Use a spoon to scoop zucchini mixture into pan, making two 5" fritters. Use back of spoon to flatten and spread fritters into a circle. If needed turn heat to medium. Cook each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown
  9. While fritters cook, heat a smaller pan on high heat for two minutes, add oil and wait 30 seconds for oil to heat
  10. Gently crack eggs into pan, tuen heat down to medium and fry until whites are set and yolk is runny (or to your liking)
  11. Season with sea salt and pepper
  12. Remove fritters from pan, top with eggs, garnish with pico de gallo, guacamole and remaining chives. Serve!

 

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Chopped Chicken Salad with Ranch ~ Whole 30/Paleo

I know I have said this before, but one of the best things about Whole 30 (besides feeling great) is that it turns you into a better cook. When you can’t reach for the grains or dairy you have to get creative. And when that creativity results in something as wonderful as this Chopped Chicken Salad with Homemade Ranch, it’s a beautiful thing indeed. This salad is so good you would never know it was made without buttermilk!
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The Chop!

This salad is a meal unto itself. Finely chopped romaine, diced rotisserie or my pulled chicken, tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, apple and walnuts all tossed in a homemade dairy free ranch dressing. It’s so delicious it rivals any restaurant chopped salad (actually it out does most restaurant salads but I didn’t want to sound braggadocious)

hopped Chicken Salad with Ranch ~ Whole 30/Paleo

That Creamy Dreamy Ranch Though…

This ranch dressing is just as creamy as my Buttermilk Ranch but it’s made with a version of my cashew milk recipe. (If you aren’t on Whole 30 you could use buttermilk in this recipe) You could also make it with coconut milk, but I will just say… I’ve tried it multiple ways and the cashews works and taste the best. And it really is just so easy! That said if you want to buy Whole30 Paleo approved ranch instead, here it is!

Chopped Chicken Salad with Ranch ~ Whole 30/Paleo

How I Make It:

I start by making a mayonnaise base. It’s really easy but it is important to follow all the directions I give you in the recipe. Skipping any of them can cause your mayo to not set up. It’s happened to me and it’s a bummer.  I know some people have success using a regular blender to make mayo, I do not. I use an immersion blender. So here is how it’s done:

  1. Place room temp egg, lemon juice and extra light olive oil or avocado oil into a jar with a wide enough opening for an immersion blender to fit in.
  2. Keep the blender at the bottom of the jar and whirl. Immediately you will see the oil and egg thicken up…it’s mayo magic!
  3. Then add the cashew milk, herbs and spices and voila! Homemade dairy free ranch that is both Whole 30 and Paleo compliant!

Chopped Chicken Salad with Ranch ~ Whole 30/Paleo

The Stunning Result!

A beautiful, delicious salad you can sink your teeth into. A chopped salad worth the chopping, that’s for sure! And that ranch dressing stays good for five days, trust me you’ll find other uses for it.

 Chopped Chicken Salad with Ranch ~ Whole 30/Paleo

The Recipe: Chopped Chicken Salad with Ranch ~ Whole 30/Paleo

What you will need: an immersion blender. If making your own nut milk you’ll need my cashew milk or almond milk recipes. If you prefer to buy Paleo/Whole 30 Ranch <—click!

5 from 12 votes
Chopped Chicken Salad with Homemade Ranch~ Whole30/Paleo
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A Paleo Whole 30 chopped chicken salad that will rock your world! Allow time to soak cashews for 3-4 hours

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lunch recipe, Paleo recipes, Whole30 recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
To Make Cashew Cream:
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked and blended with 1/2 cup water
Ranch Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup  light olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 large eggs the second is back up ( both eggs need to be room temp, very important!)
  • Juice of half a lemon room temp
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream or coconut milk (If you aren't on W30 you could use buttermilk)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
The Salad:
  • 1 smallish head romaine lettuce chopped finely
  • 1 medium tomato. diced small
  • 1/2 a cucumber diced small
  • 1 apple diced small
  • 1 avocado diced small
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken or leftover roasted chicken
Instructions
Make the dressing:
  1. Bring one cup water to boil. Turn off heat and add cashews. Allow to soak for 3-4 hours. Strain and rinse. Place soaked cashews in blender and add 1/2 water. Blend until smooth. That's your cashew cream. Set aside.
  2. Place a room temp egg (have a second egg as back up) and olive in a narrow jar that is wide enough to accommodate an immersion blender.The egg must be room temp. If you forget to take the egg out of the fridge in time, you can place it in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes to bring it to room temp.
  3. Add the juice of half a room temp lemon.
  4. Place an immersion blender into jar with the blender touching the bottom. Turn on immersion blender keeping it at the bottom of the dish. In about 30 seconds or less you will have mayonnaise! Stop blending. If mayo doesn't set up, use that second egg. Add it to the jar and mix again, it almost always saves the day. Add chopped herbs, spices and cashew milk (or coconut cream if using, being sure to whisk it before adding) and give one more quick blend to incorporate herbs and spices! Ta-da!
The Salad:
  1. Chop and dice all ingredients and place in a bowl. Toss with desired amount of dressing right before serving. Extra dressing can be saved in the fridge for five days.

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How to Make Pulled Chicken~ Crock Pot & Instant Pot

Pulled chicken, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… I love thee in a sandwich, tossed in a salad, or tacos, quesadillas or soups, mixed with BBQ sauce and topped with coleslaw…basically I love thee just about every way. Ok, enough with the poetry, let’s learn how to make Pulled Chicken in the Crock Pot or Instant Pot!
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How to Make Pulled Chicken in The Instant Pot or Crock Pot~ Paleo, Whole 30

It’s So Simple You Almost Don’t Need a Tutorial…

…except that’s how I make money, so you do need one. To make pulled chicken I use an Instant Pot. A crock pot is great too though so don’t panic.The advantage of the Instant Pot is that it takes minutes versus hours, but either way you end up with tender, juicy chicken you can use in a variety of ways throughout the week, as mentioned in my corny poem above.

How to Make Pulled Chicken in The Instant Pot or Crock Pot~ Paleo, Whole 30

How You Do It:

I like to use a combination of bone in, skin on chicken breasts and thighs for pulled chicken. Bone in, skin on gives you the moistest most flavorful chicken, and because breast meat is much drier than thigh meat I think four thighs/two breasts is the perfect ratio. Of course you can mix it up in whatever way floats your boat. To add even more flavor I roughly chop a yellow onion and a clove or two of garlic, add 1 cup of broth and cook that bird to juicy perfection!

How to Make Pulled Chicken in The Instant Pot or Crock Pot~ Paleo, Whole 30

How To “Pull”

To shred the chicken you have two options. Option 1: two forks. After removing the skin and separating the meat from the bones, you use one fork to hold the meat down and use the other fork to ‘pull’ the chicken into shreds. If you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer you can simply place meat in the mixer with the ‘flat beater’ attachment and let the machine take care of it in seconds. Both ways work well so don’t sweat it if you don’t have a mixer.

How to Use Your Pulled Chicken:

Use pulled chicken in my 15 Minute Chicken Tortilla SoupBlackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad, or my BBQ Pulled Chicken Sammys and Slaw!

The Recipe: Pulled Chicken: Crock Pot and Instant Pot

What you will need: an Instant Pot or crock pot.This recipe is Paleo and Whole 30 compliant!

Pulled Chicken: Instant Pot or Crock Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

I offer two ways to make pulled chicken: Instant Pot or Crock Pot. Both work perfectly well but the Instant Pot version is done in 15 minutes! You can use pulled chicken in tacos, soups, salads, on top of pizzas, pastas...you name it, it works!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, Instant Pot
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 bone in skin on chicken breasts
  • 4 bone in skin on thighs
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
For Instant Pot:
  1. Salt and pepper chicken to taste, set aside
  2. Place broth, onions and garlic in bottom of Instant Pot
  3. Add wire rack trivet and place chicken on top
  4. Plug in Instant Pot (yeah, you gotta do that)
  5. Seal the Instant Pot lid closed and make sure steam vent is in 'sealed' position
  6. Press "manual", "high pressure" and press the + or - button until the timer says 14 minutes

  7. Wait a few seconds and the machine will say "on" and make a beep. That's it. The pressure will build and soon the machine will cook and count down the minutes. When it gets to zero you'll hear a beep and the machine will switch over to "low" keeping the chicken warm until you are ready to shred.
  8. With a hot pad or wooden spoon carefully turn steam vent to 'open' and allow steam to completely release before opening lid.
  9. Remove chicken, discarding broth and onions
  10. Use forks to remove skin from chicken (discard)
  11. Remove meat from bones and use two forks or kitchen aid 'flat beater' to shred chicken (see instructions in blog post above)
  12. You may now use the chicken as is, or add bbq sauce, taco seasoning, moroccan seasoning, cajun spices etc...whatever you decide!
For Crock Pot:
  1. Salt and pepper chicken to taste, set aside
  2. Place broth, onions and garlic in bottom of crock pot, add chicken on top
  3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours
  4. Remove chicken, discarding broth and onions
  5. Use forks to remove skin from chicken (discard)
  6. Remove meat from bones and use two forks or kitchen aid 'flat beater' to shred chicken (see instructions in blog post above)
  7. You may now use the chicken as is, or add bbq sauce, taco seasoning, moroccan seasoning, cajun spices...whatever you decide!

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