Chinese Spice Pork Meatballs

I’ve been busy writing informational posts lately and almost lost sight of the fact that this is a food blog after all. So, to get your creative juices stirred I offer you this simple but very delicious meal composed of pork meatballs, Nupasta (low carb pasta alternative that had 6g of carbs which are all dietary fibre) , green beans, roasted garlic and grape tomatoes all in a spicy tahini sauce.

Chinese Meatballs over a low-carb Nupasta with herbs, roasted grape tomatoes and green beans.

 

Chinese Meatballs over a low-carb Nupasta with herbs, roasted grape tomatoes and green beans.
Chinese Meatballs over a low-carb Nupasta with herbs, roasted grape tomatoes and green beans.

Chinese Spice Pork Meatballs
 
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Delicious perfectly keto friendly meal
Ingredients
  • 1lbs Ground Pork
  • 1 Egg
  • 3tsp Chinese Spice
  • 3 Pickles
  • 2 Celery Sticks
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Pepper
  • 1tbs Butter
  • 2 tbs Rice Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Finely chop celery and pickle and add to ground pork. Integrate all spices and the egg into the mixture.
  2. Form small meatballs with your hands.
  3. Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan and place your meatballs into the pan. Make sure there is enough space in between the meatballs, don't crowd them.
  4. Turn each meatball once it has browned a bit.
  5. Turn down the heat, add rice vinegar and let sit covered for about 5 minutes.

 
These beauties were on sale at Dominion today. For a tray of the quantity in the picture I paid 99 cents so I dare say it was a steal! I cut some of them in half and some of them were left whole. I laid them out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, sprayed them with coconut oil, sprinkled with salt, pepper and some pesto herbs and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 1h, checking every 15 minutes to toss them around.
Once I had some ground work done, it was such an easy and quick meal to assemble. My meatballs were made over the weekend and were waiting in the fridge for an opportunity to grace my plate and today was the day.

 

When I was trying to decide what type of vegetables to add to my meal, these two were a “no brainer”. Pasta is usually served in some type of tomato sauce, but since I had none and was not going to settle on a store bought type, roasted grape tomatoes were an easy alternative.  And green beans… well you can never go wrong with green beans and they added a beautiful splash of contrasting colour to my dish.

 

Meatballs getting fried in butter fat.

 

And that’s what they looked like before I turned them over. You can see pieces of pickles and celery sticking out. They added a beautiful crunch to the meatballs.

To make this meal even more scrumptious I tossed the pasta in my Spicy Tahini Sauce that I also made over the weekend. Yes, my weekends are still productive because I do enjoy having some ready to go things in the fridge that I use as needed throughout the week. Those things are usually flavour enhancing items, like this off the hook delicious Spicy Tahini Sauce.

Spicy Tahini Sauce
 
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Sauce can be used for pasta dishes or salads or as dipping sauce.
Ingredients
  • 8.4tbs Tahini
  • ½ cup Water
  • 4.2tbs Olive Oil
  • 2tbs Coconut Puré
  • 2tbs Lemon Juice
  • 2tbs Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ½tsp Salt or more to taste
  • ½tsp Cumin
  • 1tsp Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Process all ingredients together in a food processor.
  2. Add more water to get the desired consistency.
  3. Put in a jar and store in the fridge.
  4. You might find the sauce will thicken in the fridge, so you can add more water prior to use.

 
This sauce/dressing has many different applications – don’t ever limit your culinary experiments because somebody labels something a certain way. This sauce goes well in Nupasta, but you can also use it in coleslaw or other salads.

 

This jar will last me quite a while – it is very potent so you don’t need a lot to add some flavour.

And that’s a wrap for a very quick and delicious meal that awaited my other half today. He was quite pleased with it as he had not taken any lunch with him. And what’s even better, he said he felt OK without food throughout the day – that’s what being in ketosis will do to you, because you are accessing your bodyfat for fuel.

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