Most people can probably tell you some story or another about how much they hated brussels sprouts when they were kids, and were forced to eat them. I don’t have that story, I don’t ever remember it being a part of any of our dinners growing up. I am pretty sure I had never even tried a brussels sprout before last year. What was I waiting for, I actually really love brussels! I love them roasted, or shredded in a salad. My favorite way to cook them is with bacon and wine. Bacon and wine make so many things a little more delicious.
This week I wanted to try something a little different. I was looking for a light side dish to accompany a grilled pork tenderloin. This brussels sprouts slaw turned out to be a quick and easy side dish that I threw together in less than 20 minutes.
We’ve been busy around here soaking up the gorgeous Atlanta weather we’ve been blessed with this week. We’ve been hiking, biking, going on long walks, and hanging out on the back porch. It’s been a great way to spend my last week of fun-employment as well. I go back to work full-time on a new project Monday, and while I am excited to get back to work get a real paycheck again, I will miss living the life of leisure!
Going back to work also got me thinking about getting back on a weekend meal plan and prep schedule. I was brainstorming ideas for dinners that make a lot and that I can freeze, or would make good leftovers for the week. While this recipe didn’t leave a whole lot of leftovers in my house, it’s easy enough that I can double next time I make it to stock up the freezer.
Homemade Italian Meatballs and Sauce
This is one of my favorite recipes for homemade Italian meatballs and sauce. It’s a recipe that I picked up from a Rachel Ray magazine years ago. I have made a dozen times, and know the recipe by heart. This time around though I had to make a few substitutions to keep it friendly for our cave. Basically I had to sub out the breadcrumbs and not serve it with pasta. I found that making paleo breadcrumbs is super simple with some almond meal and a few spices.
These homemade Italian meatballs and sauce are safe for anyone following a primal diet, you can also omit the cheese and make it full on paleo. I thankfully tolerate cheese just fine, so I added it in. When wondering what to label this recipe, I came across this article from Robb Wolf, that explained these different approaches to paleo. It can get confusing at times!
The other awesome thing about this recipe is that is can all be made in one pot! One pot, one bowl, clean-up is easy as pie.
The weather has been so nice we were able to light up the grill to grill some veggies to go along side with these homemade meatballs and sauce. Pair it with a big glass of red wine, and you’re all set for a great meal!