Gluten Free Caramelized Onion Meatballs (whole30, low carb)
These easy and flavorful Caramelized Onion Paleo Meatballs are sure to become a favorite! They are easy to make, oven baked and delicious! Paleo, Whole30, and Low Carb- these meatballs work for many different dietary lifestyles.
Since doing my interview with Primal Palate about my weight loss with Paleo, I often get questions about my best tips and tricks when it comes to sticking to this lifestyle or what I like best about it. Well, one of aspects I love most (but often forget to share) is how you learn to look at food differently. I don't just mean this in the "OMG I can't believe I ate this processed garbage for 20 years" but in a way where food is what (and what meal) you make it. Pre-paleo, I used to hate leftovers. I don't know what it is about them, but they were disgusting to me. They were soggy. Or lost flavor. Or didn't reheat well. You name it, I complained about it. This was probably because I was eating processed garbage and it should have been obvious that if a lean cuisine is disgusting the first time around, it's not going to be any better the second.
When we first went Paleo, it was easier to cook food at home for all of our meals to make sure we could control what went in it. Since I worked 40 hours a week and had an hour commute each way, I had to start taking leftovers for breakfast and lunch. This meant not only was I eating leftovers, but I was eating DINNER leftovers for BREAKFAST. Gasp! But I'll tell you, cooking with real food makes such a huge difference in the quality of it as leftovers - it tastes just as good! It also helps if you have a toaster oven to heat the food up. A microwave will do the job, but reheating it slower at a low temp in the toaster oven helps to preserve the flavor and texture of the food.
Eating leftovers all the time helped me to realize that food is food. Just because you had something for dinner, that doesn't mean you can only eat it for dinner! You don't have to bend over backwards in the kitchen to make a different dish for every breakfast vs. every lunch. Every food can have multiple serving/eating/enjoying purposes.
For example, these gluten free caramelized onion meatballs can be for pretty much any meal. Serve them as is an you have an excellent appetizer for a dinner party or snack for game day. Slice them up and serve them with potatoes and eggs for an easy breakfast hash. If you want to use them for date night dinner, I suggest adding in some dairy free pesto and tossing them on spaghetti squash or piling them onto mashed cauliflower. If you can't use them all up for one meal, they make great leftovers. Trust me. I'm speaking as a former member of leftover haters not-anonymous.
- 1 1/4 lb ground pork
- 1/2 medium vidalia onion, diced small
- 1 egg, whisked
- 2 tbsp almond flour/meal
- 1 tbsp butter or ghee
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
2. In a small saucepan, melt your butter/ghee on medium heat.
3. Once melted, add in your finely diced onion. Saute, stirring frequently, until they turn golden brown. This will take about 10 minutes. Allow to briefly cool.
4. Add all ingredients, including onions, into a mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix until well combined.
5. Form meatballs about 1.5-2 inches in diameter and space evenly on your cookie sheet. You should make about 16 smaller meatballs or 12 larger.
6. Bake in oven until cooked through (25-30 mins for smaller, 35-40 mins for larger.)
7. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.