Grandma's Swedish Meatballs

Grandma's Swedish Meatballs

It's late fall and thoughts of holiday preparations have crept in. At these times I remember the wonderful Christmas eve feast that my grandma Marion would help prepare. She loved to make her meatballs and she taught us how to make them. I remember when there was a new baby in the family and so I decided that I needed to make a few tiny meatballs for the baby to enjoy! 

Along with these meatballs we always had potato salad with radish roses that my grandma would make. We'd also have sweet and sour Swedish beans, rolls, lefse with butter, cinnamon sugar and lingonberry jam & fruit soup and cookies for dessert. Yum! 

I wanted to share this you this amazing recipe passed down to me from my Swedish grandma. It is a real treasure as the meatballs are so very tender and wonderful. It is some work to make them but that makes them very special. 

I hope that you enjoy making them with your family soon. 

Grandma's Swedish Meatballs: 

Serves 4-6

2 pounds ground grass fed beef

1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs (I like to buy a loaf of gluten free bread and make my own bread crumbs by just breaking off small bits of bread to equal a cup) 

2 eggs

1 onion, grated (I grate the onion on a box grater) 

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

1 quart or 4 cups organic beef broth (for simmering) 

1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the beef broth.

2. Shape into small meatballs. Place the meatballs onto rimmed baking sheets and broil in the oven. Be careful to turn the meatballs to the other side after the first broiling so that they cook well & brown on each side. Watch the broiler carefully and set the timer for 3-5 minutes each side. Depending on the oven you have and how hot it gets it may take longer. 

3. Place browned meatballs into a slow cooker or Dutch oven and pour beef broth over the meatballs to cover. Let them simmer on low heat for 3 hours. 

Serve meatballs on top of mashed potatoes. Enjoy! 

 

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

It's full confession time: I am what I call a "wishful gardener." This is usually my pattern in the springtime: Get lots of flowers, veggies and other plants. Plant them and be super enthusiastic about them and care for them as much as I can. Then, when summer rolls around and I get busy- many of my plants die and I can only manage to care for a few. This is what happened to my veggies this year- including my "wishful" zucchini plant. So, instead of having an overabundance of zucchini growing in my garden that I need to use up, I made this yummy bread because I bought a bit too much zucchini at the store and didn't want it to go to waste! 

There is my full confession as a wishful gardener! I really do love gardens and plants, but so often my passion for food wins in the end! So, since I have been able to keep a few pots of flowers in front of my house alive this very dry summer, I will stick to that in the coming years. Next season for my deck I will be planting a few pots of succulents or other low water plants and planting more bushes and low water natives in my backyard. It is better for the earth and better for me- no gardening guilt! Ha ha! 

Here's the yummy recipe for the bread that came of buying too much zucchini! 

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread: 

3 eggs

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

zest of 2 small lemons or one large lemon

1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini

3/4 cup cassava flour

1 1/4 cups almond flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

1. Heat the oven to 375 F. 

2. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with coconut oil or pan spray. 

3. Mix the wet ingredients together. Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk. 

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Then, add the batter to the pan. 

5. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (no wet batter is attached) 

-Let the loaf cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. 

Enjoy! 

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes!

peanut butter protein pancakes

This Sunday I had a craving for a fancier weekend breakfast that was still healthy, so I decided to alter a recipe that I had been hanging on to for several months with the ingredients that I had on hand to create these yummy pancakes. Much to my delight they were a great hit not only with myself but with my son and husband! 

I know I have found the perfect pancake to make a huge batch of for when back to school time rolls around in another week and mornings become much busier for us! This way I can get breakfast on the table in a flash! This recipe makes around enough for serving 3 people. Feel free to double or triple this recipe in order to make enough for the whole week, I know that is what I'll be doing very soon! 

These pancakes are great with maple syrup and berries, topped with yogurt or just with more peanut butter or other nut butter on top. Feel free to experiment and have fun! 

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes: 

Adapted from: The Pancake Princess

Makes 9-10 mini pancakes

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup gluten free flour mix (see recipe below) 

3/4 cup sweet rice flour

4.5 tablespoons peanut butter powder

1.5 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1.5 cups coconut milk (or whole milk if you are not dairy free) 

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

4.5 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter (I like Adam's brand) 

Coconut oil for greasing the electric skillet

Instructions: 

1. Whisk together the gluten free flour mix and sweet rice flour, baking powder and salt.

2. Stir in the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and peanut butter.

3. Heat an electric skillet to about 350F. 

4. Add a teaspoon or more of coconut oil to coat the bottom of the electric skillet. If you don't have an electric skillet, you may melt coconut oil in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Make sure the whole surface is coated in oil so that the pancakes don't stick. 

5. Measure out batter by the 1/4 cupful. Each one will make a small pancake. 

6. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the pancakes are brown on the bottom. Flip and let cook for another minute.

7. Serve while warm with maple syrup, more peanut butter on top & berries to taste! YUM! 

** Gluten Free Flour Mix: Whisk together 4 cups of brown rice flour, 1 2/3 cups potato starch and 2/3 cup tapioca flour in a large bowl. Store the extra in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for using in other recipes. 

Plum and Ginger Crumbles

Plum and Ginger Crumbles

Harvest season! There is nothing like it! I am so fortunate that my parents have such a bounteous and beautiful fruit orchard that they have grown and nurtured for so many years. This time of year there are apples, plums, prunes and pears to be had. I managed to get a few very precious plums that are such a gorgeous color as well. 

I imagined that these amazing plums would pair really well with ginger, and boy was I right! I really love the concentrated flavor of crystallized ginger and I was able to find some at a bulk section at a local grocery store.  

I decided to keep the fruit part simple, just the ginger and a small bit of coconut sugar to let the tartness of the plums shine. Then, a sweetened & spiced oat topping to give the crumbles a bit of crunch. Perfect! 

I hope that you will join me in making this amazingly yummy dessert soon! Let me know how it turns out in the comments below! 

Plum or Berry and Ginger Crumbles: 

Makes 4 individual plum ginger crumbles

Fruit: 

3 cups plums (or berries of choice like blackberries or blueberries) 

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Mix together the fruit mixture in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture between 4 ramekins. 

 

Crumble Topping: 

1/2 cup gluten free flour mix

1/2 cup gluten free oats

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Mix together this mixture in a bowl. Store in the refrigerator until needed for topping the crumbles. 

 

Assemble the Crumbles: 

1. Heat the oven to 375F. 

2. Top the plum mixtures in the ramekins with the crumble topping. 

3. Place all of the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheets. 

4. Bake the crumbles for 20 minutes or until crumbles are bubbling and the topping is golden brown.