Let’s re-visit some appetizers!

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I am well aware that the entire world does not care about Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, but in my house it’s a big deal. Tonight’s game will be played on the big screen with lots of appetizers to enjoy! I decided to re-visit some of my Paleo/primal favorites! I have also re-posted my cocktail meatball recipe since I have tweaked it in the last few months! Enjoy….and Go Hawks! :)

Paleo Cocktail Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beef stock
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (gluten-free)

Directions

  1. Mix onion, almond meal, egg and spices together in a bowl. Add ground beef and mix well.
  2. Shape into small meatballs (golf ball size or a little smaller)
  3. In a skillet, melt oil and brown meatballs.
  4. Transfer meatballs to a small crockpot.
  5. in a small bowl, combine stock, tomato sauce and paste, maple syrup, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce and pour over meatballs.
  6. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  7. Serve with those pretty toothpicks!

 

My other favorite appetizers:


It’s time to ring in the New Year! Plus a couple paleo appetizers and drinks…

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Well, it’s that time of the year! Time to celebrate the end of another year in our lives. I hope that 2012 has been good to all of you. Hopefully as you look forward to 2013, you are going to make a decision to keep putting you and your family’s health and wellness as a top priority. Giving your family a higher quality of life by cooking nutritional paleo foods will pay off for a long time into your future. In early 2013, I am going to help you get started if you are new to Paleo, and for all of you “old-hats”- I will just keep throwing new, yet tasty meals your way! Thanks for putting up with in 2012, and hopefully you keep me around in 2013!

With that being said…time for some PARTY food!

Since the plague hit my house, I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to sample some new treats. So I have also included some old tried and true paleo appetizers. I have also included the link to the wonderful Norcal Margarita. Just be careful! These bad boys have a tendency to go down quite smoothly…my husband learned this the hard way one New Year’s when he drank an entire bottle of tequila!

Paleo Appetizers You Must Try!


Paleo Stuffed Mushrooms

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These bad boys are delicious and great to take to any party. I have never had anyone complain that they don’t have breadcrumbs or cheese like traditional stuffed mushrooms. Face it, a good appetizer will never be turned away…even if it’s paleo and healthy! :)

Paleo Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb bacon, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chives
  • 1 package white button or baby bella mushrooms (rinse and separate tops from stems, but do not discard either)
  • 1 lb. ground beef or sausage
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • approx. 1/4 cup almond meal

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon in medium skillet. While bacon is cooking, place celery, onion, basil. chives, and mushrooms stems in food processor and chop.
  2. Add food processor mixture to skillet with the bacon and cook until the bacon becomes crispy. Remove from heat and drain everything from the bacon grease. Put everything in a large mixing bowl along with the oregano, cayenne pepper, paprika, sea salt, and garlic.
  3. Cook up ground beef (or sausage) until no longer pink. Add to bowl with the other ingredients. Add almond meal until the texture is right.
  4. Stuff mushrooms with the meat mixture.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes