Sweet and Sour Meatballs, a delicious meatball recipe that will have you making these over and over again! These sweet and sour meat balls are dairy, soy, and gluten free and you won’t want to miss this tasty healthy dinner!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs- a delicious and healthy dinner!
Recently I wanted to surprise my husband with a delicious Asian style dinner but I didn’t want it to be too heavy and full of unhealthy things since we are trying to be more mindful of what we eat. This sweet and sour meatball recipe is the result and I am so excited to share it with you guys!
Remember my easy paleo beef meatballs with a honey mustard dipping sauce? Well, I thought I’d try to come up with a tasty pork meatball recipe too- and they are sooooo delicious!
A paleo meatball recipe that is full of flavor and will become a family favorite!
How to make sweet and sour meatballs:
- Combine the ground pork, garlic powder, and chopped onion
- Roll into 20 balls
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Make the sweet and sour sauce by simmering all the ingredients for 5 minutes.
- Serve meatballs on top of rice or riced cauliflower, drizzled with the sauce!
What should the internal temp be for pork?
Pork is safe to eat when it reaches 165°F. If your meatballs aren’t quite there after 20 minutes just make sure they get to 165°F when you fry them to brown the sides.
How do you make sweet and sour sauce?
This sweet and sour sauce isn’t your typical restraint style sweet and sauce sauce. Those typically use ketchup and corn syrup. I opted for combing vinegar, pineapple, bell peppers, garlic powder, coconut aminos (or soy sauce) and letting that simmer for little while.
The sweetness comes from the pineapple and the sour from the vinegar- but there is so much flavor in this you will want to make it all the time!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs- delicious and perfect for dinner!
How to rice cauliflower?
Pour frozen cauliflower into a food processor (totally love my Breville food processor!) and pulse for a few seconds until the cauliflower is the size of rice. You can also use fresh cauliflower by chopping it into florets and then processing in your food processor but I find frozen is easier and cheaper! Win-Win.
Can you freeze meatballs?
Yes! I recommend baking the meatballs, frying them, then letting them cool. Place on a baking sheet and allow to freeze for 2-4 hours then place them in a Ziploc bag and return to the freezer. This allows you to take out them number of meatballs you need rather than an entire frozen lump of them.
If you like this Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe make sure to check out my Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Easy Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie, and my delicious Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet– all good-for-you tasty recipes!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
For the meatballs:
- 24 oz ground pork
- ¼ onion chopped
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbs Olive oil- optional
For the sauce:
- 2 tbs coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 can pineapple chunks with juice reserved
- ½ red bell pepper chopped
- ½ orange bell pepper chopped
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional
Optional riced cauliflower
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 bag frozen cauliflower
- Reserved pineapple juice
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Green onion for garnish
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine pork, chopped onion, and 1 tsp garlic powder.
- Roll pork in to 18-20 meatballs and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- Optional but recommended: To get the meatballs extra golden fry in a large pan with olive oil. This should only take a few minutes, turning the meatballs so they brown on all sides.
- In a medium sized sauce pan combine coconut aminos, pineapple chunks (entire can but reserve the juice for the rice), red and yellow bell pepper, vinegar, garlic powder, ginger, and red pepper flakes (if using).
- Bring sauce to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring. After 5 minutes it's ready!
- Place your frozen cauliflower in a food processor and pulse several times until the cauliflower is the size of rice.
- In a medium sized fry pan heat the sesame oil over medium heat.
- Once hot add the riced cauliflower, reserved pineapple juice, garlic powder and a few green onions. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked, stirring occasionally.
- Place a cup of the riced cauliflower on plate, top with a few meatballs, spoon the sweet and sour sauce over it and enjoy!
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