spaghetti with meatballs

This basic meatball recipe is easy to make. No frying! Flavored with shallot, tomato paste and a hint of Dijon mustard, these simple meatballs are incredibly tasty. My boys and their friends love them!

Meatballs are also a great make ahead dinner dish. Often, when I have a busy day, I’ll make these meatballs the night before, let them cool, and refrigerate them. The next evening, I throw them in a baking dish with a glass lid, cover them with a jar of my favorite tomato sauce, and heat the meatballs and sauce in the oven at 350º for half an hour while I get the rest of dinner ready. Lately, I’m in the habit of serving these over Paleo pasta, along with Caesar salad, and roasted broccoli.

Swapping out high-carb processed food such as pasta for super food vegetable noodles is a win-win. Sometimes I wonder why I ever ate traditional pasta. Vegetable noodles are just as good!



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, and shallot
  2. Mix in tomato paste, mustard, coconut flour, salt, pepper, and baking soda
  3. Use a ¼-cup scoop to form meatballs
  4. Place meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 175º
  6. Serve with marinara sauce over spaghetti squash noodles or zucchini noodles

Makes 12 Meatballs

There’s nothing like spaghetti and meatballs. It’s a great comfort food dish and one of those rare dinners that everyone in my family loves.

Although it’s not traditional, we often have Spaghetti and Meatballs on Friday nights for Shabbat dinner. What is your favorite dish to serve for dinner? Do you like beef dishes? Do you prefer chicken, or fish? Leave a comment and let me know!

Paleo Peach Crisp

paleo peach crisp

Paleo Peach Crisp is made with only six ingredients: peaches, almond flour, salt, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. This healthy gluten-free crisp is another one of my easy-to-make Paleo recipes that has even less added sweetener than usual. The entire recipe has one tablespoon of maple syrup. Better yet? My boys and their friends devoured it last night.

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How to Make Zucchini Noodles

how to make zucchini-noodles

I’ve followed a strict grain-free diet since 2001. Still, I eat pasta every week. How’s that possible? Zucchini noodles, otherwise known as zoodles.

There’s nothing like spaghetti with meatballs, or Bolognese sauce. When you know how to make zucchini noodles, there’s no need to be deprived of such classic dishes! Trading processed food (high-carb pasta) for another serving of vegetables? Now that’s healthy and nutritious. It’s a great way to eat whether you’re grain-free or not. Zoodles rule.

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How to Make Lemonade


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Strawberry Crisp

Strawberry Crisp

Strawberries are at their peak right now. They’re overflowing in our garden and at the local farmer’s market. While I love making strawberry pie (with Paleo Pie Crust), sometimes I want to make something simpler.

This Strawberry Crisp can be whipped up in minutes. It’s an easy gluten-free dessert that is made with only five ingredients –strawberries, almond flour, salt, butter, and slivered almonds. If you’re dairy-free, I also tested this recipe with palm shortening and it was delicious.

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