Ginger Garlic Pork Meatballs

Ok I have to admit one week into my new no Nightshade regimen I am getting a little hungry and need some FLAVA! So today while waiting to watch my coach Rachel Martinez, in  the opening event of the Crossfit Games I made up some great meatballs for to munch on while watching the games.  Ginger Garlic Meatballs with a soy (coconut amines) dipping sauce  .

Meatballs cooking in the skillet!

Meatballs cooking in the skillet!

I usually use eggs to hold my meatballs together and some almond flour or vegetables to add flavor.  Today I tried using almond butter for some texture and to help hold the meat together.  It worked surprising well and it tasted great.  These also tasted great reheated in the microwave the next day so try to make extras for snacks.

Ginger Garlic Meatballs with Soy Dipping Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients for the Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 2-3 tsp sea salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative)
  • 1 clove garlic minced and optional garlic powder
  • 3-4 tsp grated ginger (I used a micro grater)
  • 3 tbs almond butter
  • coconut oil for cooking

Ingredients for Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbs coconut aminos for soy sauce
  • 2 tbs coconut vinegar
  • 1 tbs minced fresh basil
  • 1 tbs minced fresh mint
  • 1 -2 tsp honey or other sweetener (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, spread out your pork and season it liberally with sea salt and ground pepper.  Sprinkle fish sauce and coconut amino acids over the meat as well
  2. Sprinkle in the ginger and garlic and add the almond butter.
  3. Mix thoroughly with your hands.
  4. Make one small 1″ burger and cook to test if you like your seasonings.  I added some more garlic powder about 1/2 tsp and some extra salt after testing mine.
  5. Make 1″ meatballs.
  6. Oil a skillet with coconut oil.  I wiped it around my pan.
  7. Heat pan or pans ( I cooked all the meatballs at once in two large skillets) to medium heat keeping oil from smoking.
  8. Add an even single layer of meatballs and cook in slightly pan for about 4 minutes and then using tongs or spatula turn the meatballs.
  9. Cook until meatballs reach 160 degrees farenheit and remove to a plate.  It took one pan another 4 minutes and the other pan didn’t heat as evenly so it took up to 12 minutes for some of the meatballs to cook.
  10. To make your sauce combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir with a fork. 

 

Just a few ingredients to make the meatballs!

Just a few ingredients to make the meatballs!

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