Lion’s Head Meatballs

Na, these aren’t made from lions. I wish. I wonder what lion tastes like. OMG I’m kidding all you endangered species advocates. I won’t eat a lion. Unless I go somewhere that I can. Just being honest. These are pretty much asian meatballs. Just go with it.

I bought jeans this past week. Yep, I did it. I don’t know how I feel about them. They are a bit high in the waist. I think that look is in. I think that because Sergio said it. Yep, HE said it. I’m just not very hip. And my ass is huge so making it look longer is a terrible idea. Straight up, terrible. So I ended up wearing them in California and decided I kind of hate them. Probably because they are jeans. And make me look like a rhino. F*ckin rhinos. I’m going to find jeans though. Yes I am. Next time I’m going to spend 4 hours there instead of 2. YOUARESTUPIDJEANS.IHATEYOU.

I ate 1 too many caramel bars today. Being honest. Again. And yes, I will be posting the recipe. Stop freakin.

Ah f*ck. I just remembered something…I joined a kickball league. Yeah. I joined a league that is a ball sport. That was a dumb idea. My friend Tommy talked me into it. Really, I’m just hoping there are hot guys in it. There probably won’t be. No single ones at least. That’s probably better though. I am going to fully embarrass myself trying to kick a ball. I will most likely miss the ball, full on fall onto my ass. then maybe pee myself. I’ve been known to do that. That’s gonna get me a guy. A girl with bigger shoulders than a dude, with wet pants, and a car that smells like dirty children aka spoiled milk. Yep, I’ll catch myself a real winner soon.

I want to write a cookbook. But I don’t know where to start. Or what to do. How cool would that be though?! So cool.


Lion’s Head Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 tablespoons coconut oil


  1. Add your ground beef, carrot, scallions, almond flour, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper, and salt and pepper to a bowl and mix together.
  2. Make you meatballs sized to your preference.
  3. Heat up a large skillet over medium heat, add your coconut oil then add your meatballs.
  4. Cook for around 5-6 minutes then flip to cook on all sides.
  5. When your meatballs are almost cooked through, around 3 minutes, add your coconut milk, coconut aminos on top of the meatballs
  6. Turn the meatballs to coat with all the flavorings!
  7. Cook for about 2-3 more minutes.
  8. Then serve! Top with some extra carrots and scallions!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


89 thoughts on “Lion’s Head Meatballs”

  1. Whoa whoa whoa….hang on a damn minute!

    You promised caramel bars & you give me lions balls instead

    wtf Juli : )

  2. Hi,
    even if you don’t know how to kick the ball or there are no cute guys out there, I think that joining this league it’s a great idea. You’re surely going to have fun and you will have no time for caramel bars. I support this idea. Nice recipe by the way. 🙂

      1. Okay….wthf!!!! Lets see, are you honestly expecting us to believe that you cannot get a date? I hope I’m not over stepping my bounds here, but if that is true, are like all the guys you know f*king gay or what? D*mn, your obviously smart, and a great cook, crazy good at crossfit, and if that wasnt enough, your hella hot to boot….gheez what more do they want?

  3. Do it!! DO It!! Write a cookbook!
    Your recipes rock and you have great personality when you write. The combination is killer. 🙂

    I’m with you on the jeans thing- I’m built like a guy…straight up and down… size 2- so I get the Levi’s Too Super Low boot cut. They aren’t too pricy either. None of this high- waisted stuff. It’s like we’ve flashed back to the 80s!

  4. I too joined a ball sport and feel dumb about it, softball. Today is our first practice, aka how to embarrass myself without trying very hard. I would totally buy your cookbook if you write it, there are lots of places you can have a cookbook published online!! Go for it girl!

  5. You need to come crossfit here in New Brunswick, Canada. I have a prime hot boy crossfitter candidate for you. No kick ball sports required.

    Also, please write a cook book. That would be friggin’ fantastic. These are going on my meal plan for the next week.

  6. Hmmm… see?!? The cookbook idea is HUGE HIT and everyone is dying for it!!! Show these posts to any potential publisher and you got yourself a DEAL girl! We HAVE to HAVE a paleOMG cookbook!!! On the jeans note… please no high waists!!! Not really a good look for ANYONE! I don’t care what the fashion industry says… I know what my eyes see and it just isn’t pretty on anyone! I bet you’d rock the heck out of Rock & Republic or Seven for all Mankind jeans!!! (well, I’m willing to bet you rock the heck out of all jeans and are just being too hard on yourself as always!) Still dying for your abs!

    1. Thanks Rebecca, hopefully a cookbook can happen at some point! And I refuse to spend that much in jeans because my thighs increase in size every month. That much money down the drain is a waste

  7. Yes on the cookbook and no on high waist jeans. Find you some Hudson jeans. They are softer than regular jeans so you don’t feel so confined in them. I have found that leg muscles and big butts are not made for jeans but Hudson makes it a little more tolerable. Gotta love a CF butt.

  8. I think your friend Sergio Punk’d you by saying high waist jeans were in?… Yea, you got punk’d. Love the meal. Keep the great ideas coming!

  9. Ah thank you, JB! I love me some meatball recipes! Looking forward to whipping this one up.

    I play in a kickball league. It is super fun. And you will do wonderfully! But you are right…not likely any hot single guys.

    haha…I love your comment about a chick with bigger arms than a dude. 😉

  10. Umm,

    a) you were in my neck of the woods last weekend! how did you like LA?!

    b) have you tried seven for all mankind, jeans? or William Rast? they are pricey, but so worth it! they are the only pants that will fit this booty.

  11. I love the idea of a cookbook…especially with your commentary. What would really be sweet is a pdf version with videos for your recipes, so people could cook along with you on their kindle or other ebook reading device 🙂

      1. I’m not sure if you follow his blog, but Richard Nikoley of Free The Animal recently put out an ebook that is just awesome. He may have some insight for you on a cookbook.

  12. I agree with Rob, except that instead of cooking along with you I want to dance along with you. How hilarious would that be, people all over the country busting out a dance break in their kitchens every night. Yeah, do it. Ebook. Or Dance with Juli app…I’d buy both.

  13. How come your meatballs aren’t saucy?! That sounds gross but I don’t care. The recipe says to put the coconut milk and aminos on top of the balls buuuuut it doesn’t look that way in the pic. Is it just because that would make the picture look kinda gross? I’m obviously having recipe replication anxiety!

  14. These look amazing. I have sweet potato brownies in the oven now, and I have heard great things about some of the Lucky styles for more muscular/curvy women. Good luck with dodgeball!

  15. I’ve been lurking for a while but I want to chime in because nothing makes a girl feel worse than unsuccessful jeans shopping. Go find some mid-rise, soft, stretchy (Paige Premium Denim also makes some sooooper stretchy softies) denim with good back pocket placement (i.e. to highlight the cheeks rather than enlarge/flatten). Worst case scenario- size up to fit your a-mazing lower half, and get the waist tailored to fit your wee little abs of steel. A lot of work? Kind of. I promise it’s worth it when you find jeans that make your butt look as great as lulus*.

    *Fine, nothing makes an ass like lulu does, but you can get close with some patience and effort.

    Also, your smokey bacon chili convinced my fiance to do a paleo challenge with me in January and he lost 15 lbs and learned to enjoy vegetables. I lost 4 of course. Dudes are such metabolic a-holes. Joining crossfit is next on the to-do list.

  16. Hahah That sounds like something I would do! –Joining any sort of ‘team’ in hopes of meeting single available guys! LOL Except I’d sweat so much– they’d think there was something wrong with me!

    LOVE reading your posts! Can’t wait for the cookbook = )

  17. I NEED you to write a cookbook.

    Amy sister locked me into a change room and threw stuff in for me to try.
    I made the mistake of trying on a pair of SKINNY RED JEANS. I don’t know what’s more amazing, the amount of spandex in those jeans to make them fit over my mondo quads or the fact that I even tried them on or the minor miracle that I didn’t throttle my sister for subjecting me to such fashion torture.

    I ended up buying more workout gear 😛

  18. You totally need to write a cookbook!!!! I’ve been loving your recipes for awhile now and they are far better than ones I’ve seen in lots of other cookbooks, so I know it would be successful!

    Plus you’re hilarious and people these days are buying cookbooks for so much more than the recipes.

    AND, I agree with Rob…videos would be amazing!

  19. I am not sure what I like best the recipes or your comments before the recipes. This one made me laugh after a very stressful day, so thanks a bunch for putting a smile on my face before going to bed, hopefully I will have sweet dreams (of caramel bars).

    Get rid of the high waisted jeans, you are young & fit, and don’t need to be wearing old lady jeans!

    Love your recipes and definitely think you should write a cookbook!

  20. define high waisted. all the peeps on here have said to dump your high waisted jeans.. are we talking to the armpit high? belly button high? or are they just medium rise so when you bend over your not a plumber? i HATE the plumber. i wear mid rise jeans all the time so when im riding the motorcycle i dont show everyone the crack. how nice of me. try Levis. reasonably priced. i have a giant booty (which i am proud of) and they fit me lovely. good luck!

  21. Do work. Write the book. I’ll buy it and then buy extra copies to give as gifts at christmas time, I will give them to the “not so in shape” people I work with who always give me shit about how i eat.

    Spanks 🙂

  22. I made these meatballs tonight and they are amazing. This was the first recipe that I’ve tried of yours. If your other recipes are anything like this one then you owe it to the world to write a cookbook! Food this good MUST be shared! 😀

  23. OK. So I stubled across your life last week.
    I now have a nighlty ritual of laughing my head off before bed everynight.
    Love it. Love your food. Love your honesty.

  24. Made these this morning along with some roasted cauliflower. I don’t think I need to at anything else ever again. Wow. Spicy-curry-coconut-tastic!

  25. Maybe I just misread, but I couldn’t figure out where the curry goes. Is it in the meatballs or the sauce? (I didn’t realize the problem till the last minute so I put it in the sauce … also used red curry instead of yellow but not sure if it matters or not?) Anyway, this still came out great. You rock. Thanks for your awesome blog. I totally look forward to dinner. And leftovers.

  26. Yummy! Very different from anything we have ever tasted but oh so delicious! We will make it much spicier next time just because we love to burn our mouths off 🙂 Thanks for such a great recipe!

  27. This was delicious, we’ll definitely add this to our file. I’ve had so much fun trying out a lot of your recipes, I enjoy cooking again!

  28. Hi juli
    ive been following your blog and making some of your awesome recipes. This one was super tasty! You are hilarious! I shouldve introduced myself when you were at cfsb a few weeks ago! You crack me up and im jealous of your abs! Keep up the good work!

  29. Holy cats these were AAAHMAZING! So good, I had them with the 2x baked sweet potato…wow…had to take a moment to reflect on the geniosity that these recipes are! Thank you for your recipes and blog, you kinda make me feel normal! I love that you incorporate so many veggies in the recipes that are not in salad form (salads=boring after a while), I even ate a sweet potato for the first time in my life a couple of weeks ago because of you, wow I have been missing out! I have tired a few of your recipes and they are always amazing! Thanks for representing the strong ladies so well!

  30. ok…first off these were AMAZING but they did not stay in balls while in the skillet…so I just drained the skillet before adding the coconut milk. still tastes great but any trick for getting those little suckers to stay together?
    Thank you!!! LOVE your blog!!!

  31. Just made these tonight. Omg. So rich and delicious! Will def be a repeat meal soon…very soon.

    Thanks so much for posting this!! 🙂

  32. Hey juli! I’m gonna try these for dinner tonight. Could you recommend a quick side to go with? Also, when I put the coconut milk/aminos in, are the meatballs just kind of swimming in it I guess? Or do I kind of just drizzle it on top of the balls? (ha) Thanks!

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