This weekend consisted of a lot of sweet treats, fortunately but unfortunately. I let myself cave to the outward pressures of Valentines Day. I used the excuse of being worn down, tired, and sick of Whole30ing to my advantage. And I will not lie - the food I had this weekend hit every single taste bud in every right way. We went to a Brazilian Steakhouse that had the endless tastings of 14 different cuts of meat, and a buffet with butternut squash soup, salads, caramelized bananas... YUM!
After indulging the entire day on Saturday, it wasn't so hard to come back to my whole food diet. I grabbed lunch on Sunday afternoon and it was not a hard choice for me to choose a salad with no dressing; and for that, I was proud.
Although I can no longer say that I am on Whole30 because I defied it in every way possible on Saturday, I can say I am becoming more of a master of my cravings. This week is all about that tomato, potato goodness.
1 pound turkey sausage (or ground meet of choice)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp garlic paste
4 tsp almond flour
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper
2 1/2 cups of red potatoes, diced
1 - 10 ounce bag of shredded carrots (I was lazy today)
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 - 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 cups broth (I used beef)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 410°
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix with hands until combined.
Roll into tsp sized balls, and set on baking sheet.
Cook until done, about 30 minutes.
While meatballs are cooking...
Put potatoes in pot and bring to a boil. Cook about 5 minutes (they will simmer when soup is cooking as well). Strain.
Place shredded carrots, onion, garlic, celery, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a pan and saute until onions are translucent - about 5 minutes.
Combine veggie mix with potatoes in a large pot, along with the rest of the ingredients.
Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes (or until potatoes are soft).
Mix in cooked meatballs and enjoy!