Pregnancy Woes and Meatballs

Yeah, I know those things don’t really go together, especially for me. I have not been able to eat meat for the past 19 weeks. I know that pregnancy is supposed to have its ups and downs, but mine have mostly been down.
My body pretty much hates be right now. I lost 7 pounds in my first trimester due to morning sickness and nausea. Living off nuts and fruit wasn’t really cutting, so I tended to “cheat” and eat whatever t I felt. In the beginning, a gluten free bagel or some ice cream wasn’t really an issue. Then I started adding in sugar (I was craving it something fierce) and accidentally had some gluten. This is what happens when you get too comfortable going off your normal eating habits. After a couple of days, I thought my body would return to normal. Wrong!! My accidental run in with gluten was several weeks ago, and it is like my body still hasn’t recovered. Once the nausea started to subside, I knew I had to revert back to strict paleo. The problem was, not only were my intestines out of whack, I had all the other side effects that go along with sugar and grains. I am so exhausted and my muscles are sore. As if being pregnant isn’t enough, I was now trying desperately to eat healthy and couldn’t stand in the kitchen longer than 10 minutes. Doesn’t my body know I have stuff to do?? I push myself to the max every day, in hopes that my body will just accept the fact that I am not giving up. This doesn’t come without lots of breaks and an occasional nap or two, but this is what my body and my family needs.

My son’s 5th birthday was just last week, and for his birthday meal he requested my meatballs. Bless his heart. I just didn’t have the heart to tell him that mommy can barely look at meat right now, so I did what any good mother would do and just did it. I also appreciated that out of everything that I make, this is what he wanted. They must be awesome enough to share. What I love most about these meatballs, is the amount of carrots that I shovel in. They really add an amazing sweetness and you can never go wrong with hidden veggies. So here they are. I hope you can enjoy them as much as Evan does! 🙂

Hide the Veggie Paleo Meatballs (Kid-Approved)

paleo meatball

1lb grass fed ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 dashes red pepper flakes
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup almond meal/flour
3 eggs
2 Tbsp fresh or dried basil
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
coconut oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a large pan with oil and heat on medium. Once hot, add the onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt. Sautee until soft and let cool. In a large mixing bowl add beef, pork, salt, onion mixture, shredded carrots, salt, almond flour, eggs, basil, parsley, and some more salt. (I like salt. :)) With your hands, mix very well until everything is evenly incorporated. Heat up oil (medium heat) in the large skillet, and roll meatballs to your desired size. I like my pretty large, about the size of golf balls. Place balls into heated oil, cooking for about 2 minutes on each side. This is just to give them a nice browned coating. Place meatballs onto a baking sheet and place in the oven on 350 for about 15 minutes.

Tip: Our family loves to make these garlic bread boats from A Girl Worth Saving. We smother them in our favorite sauce. YUM!