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.
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.
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.
The Recipe: Turkey Meatballs with Gravy and Cauliflower Purée (Whole30-Paleo-Keto)
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.
- 8 cups cauliflower, stem removed and broken into florets
- 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter)
- 20 ounces ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 1/3-1/2 cup almond meal (start with 1/3 cup and if mixture is too wet add more)
- 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
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.
While cauliflower is steaming, make meatballs
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
Using wet hands form into 1 1/2" meatballs
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)
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.
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.
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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