Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

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This recipe comes from my book Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine.  With December in full swing, easy recipes that nourish your family on cold winter evenings are an absolute must and this recipe fits the bill. My family loves this recipe and I hope yours does too! Remember when you are holiday shopping that all the Everyday Paleo books make wonderful gifts for those that you love. I’ll be back soon with more deliciousness but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy!

Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

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Succulent meatballs swimming in a sea of easy-to-make tomato sauce! This is comfort food at its finest. Frying the meatballs first will seal in the flavors, and the brightness of the fresh basil at the end ties it all together.

Meatballs
1 pound white mushrooms, finely diced
1 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Italian parsley, finely minced
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee for frying the meatballs

Sauce
1 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes (or other tomatoes of your choice)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to combine the mushrooms, beef, garlic, Italian parsley, egg yolks, salt, and pepper.
2. Shape the meat mixture into meatballs that are slightly larger than a golf ball.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat the lard, butter, or ghee over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the hot pan, and brown them on all sides.
4. Remove the browned meatballs from the pan, and set them aside.
5. Make the sauce by adding the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper to taste to the same pan used for the meatballs. Cook over medium heat, and bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 5-6

Eno Ristorante Video and a Sneak Peak Recipe from Everyday Paleo Around the World, Italian Cuisine!!

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I’m finally back with more Italy posts!  I’ve been working like crazy to get the book finished, which has delayed the writing of these posts about our trip, but now we are back on track and I’m excited to share with you this video and recipe! What you are about to watch is highlights of our first stop on the amazing Island of Sardinia where I was able to cook with Chef Davide at Ristoranti Eno.  The food was fabulous during this leg or our journey and one of the best things about our visit to Sardinia, was our amazing guide Marcello who you will meet once you read the book.  After you watch the video, scroll down to find a sneak peak recipe from the book; a dish inspired by Chef Davide.  Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be released July 24th.  The food is literally out of this world…. As always, enjoy!!

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A Video Tour of Truffle Hunting in the Marche!

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The night before our truffle hunt, our little family had joked about the “hunting” aspect. Are truffles sneaky and fast? Might they get away if you aren’t quick enough with your attack?  The next day we all giggled as we imagined rebellious and elusive truffles while our car wound through a maze of green misty hills towards our destination – a perfect backdrop for our impending adventure.  The kids were giddy and excited as we came to a halt outside a gate that was hung with signs all in Italian but with the message coming through very clear – guns, knives, and bigger guns awaited you if you entered without warning.  Wow, maybe this day was going to be more suspenseful than we imagined!

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Everyday Paleo Around the World!!

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We have started a new chapter to our lives.  An adventure. A Change. I am already changed.  It’s that feeling you get when you look around you and you know that things are different. Life is different. The very blood that flows through my veins has new life, new passion, a new vibrancy.  I can’t quite explain it exactly but my perspective is already shifting and I’m not sure how I’ll be at the end of this journey, how my kids will be, how my relationship with John will be; but all will be good.  That I know for sure…

John and I have had a dream for quite sometime to travel the world while our kids are still young.  To learn, explore, eat, share, grow, dream, marvel, cry, laugh, and love without abandon and yet with a purpose!  This is a big big world that we live in and we want to see it.  We have had to give up a lot to make this dream a reality but it’s happening, and we want to bring you along for the ride.  Our first stop is Italy.  We have been here now for almost 3 days and I’m just coherent enough to write my first blog post.  Rowan was still up in the night from around 2:30 – 6:00am.  His little body slowly adjusting to a 9 hour time difference.  The first night we were here he fell asleep around 2:00am eating beef jerky, snuggled in my arms, soft little hair tickling my face, far from home but yet in a warm familiar place.  My kids are troopers, travelers adjusting well and they have pilgram hearts like we do and are as eager as we are to experience our adventures.  They have zero inhibitions and I’m learning from them to be brave and look around with eyes wide open and experience it all. Jaden’s first bite of real authentic Italian food made him beam and grin from ear to ear – with sounds of amazement – that the sausage is delicious and the seafood arrives with shrimp heads still attached and olive oil that is green with goodness…

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