Ugh. I’m doing a CrossFit competition soon. Gross. I honestly hate competitions nowadays. I competed for 3 years, loved every second of it, then one day that love was gone. I just didn’t want to lift that heavy anymore. But when you go to competitions, everyone competing is either half naked or dressed in highlighter colored shirts with sayings like, “I’ve got a great snatch.” Well, if you’re talking about your olympic lift, your shirt is a lie. If you’re talking about your private parts, you’re disgusting. So yeah, I get a bit annoyed at competitions. But I told my CrossFit Broadway friends that I would do the competition and smile. So that’s what I will do…while I ignore the highlighter shirts that are burning my retinas.

When I made the meatballs yesterday, the curry powder got under my fingernails and turned them orange for the day. Real cute look.

So I hate to admit it, because I’m not a teenage girl, but I’m extremely excited for the new season of Catfish. Have you watched that show? Here is the summary if you’ve never seen it: young people meet other young people on FB, they talk for years, for in love, make plans, get engaged, all while never meeting each other and sometimes never seeing each other in person. Well, the show confronts one of the people in the relationship, and most of the time, it’s not actually the same person. It’s usually a girl pretending to be a guy, because they hate the other girl. Real mature stuff. It’s so addicting. I’m glad I’ve never fallen in love with someone through social media. This show also makes me wonder if someone has taken my pictures and is pretending to be me because that happens ALL.THE.TIME. on the show. It’s real strange. I’ve never thought of being anyone else on the internet other than my weird self. That would just be exhausting. Anywho, I can’t wait for the new season. Judge me. Do it.

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend! I’m guessing you already knew that since every other commercial on TV is out to remind us and entice us into buying flowers, and chocolates, and jewelry, and perfume. Well, I know what I’m doing for my mom. Doing what I like to do best and know she will love. I’m making a recipe called Chocolate Swirl Cheese Danish Cake from the cookbook The Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook. Paleo danish? Yes please. I just think brunch is the best, so that’s what I will be doing. And that’s what I shared with reader’s on my Mother’s Day Newsletter today! Check out my newsletter I sent out today and subscribe in the left hand to get more newsletters like this one, with favorite recipes from the archives of PaleOMG! That way I’ll be able to keep you updated with giveaways, book tours, and exciting upcoming recipes! Woot woot!

PS- I’m incredibly excited for my rest day from the gym today. I’m going to style my hair and everything. Today is a great day.

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Thai Pork & Veggie Meatballs

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For the meatballs

  • 2 small zucchinis, shredded
  • 2 small carrots, shredded
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the sauce

  • 1 (14 ounce) can of coconut milk
  • ¼ cup smooth almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (or sriracha)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt

To garnish

  • chopped green onions
  • chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place zucchinis and carrots in a food processor using the shredding attachment. Remove shredded zucchini and carrots from the food processor and squeeze out excess water with some paper towels.
  3. Place zucchini, carrots, pork, turkey, and the rest of the the meatball ingredients in a bowl and use your hands to combine.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out meatballs then shape in hands. Set aside on a plate. This should be 12-15 large meatballs.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until completely combine.
  6. Place a large oven safe saucepan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add a teaspoon of sesame oil or other cooking oil (coconut oil). Once saucepan is hot, add meatballs to the pan and brown on all sides. Once browned, remove from heat, pour all of the sauce on top of meatballs.
  7. Place saucepan in and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. This time will range depending on the size of the meatballs.
  8. Garnish meatballs with chopped cilantro and green onions.

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  1. Eryn says:

    This recipe has been sitting in my ‘healthy eating’ folder for awhile, and I rediscovered it today and decided to go for it. BEST DECISION EVER. This is probably one of the best dishes I’ve ever had! Thanks so much for this

    1. juli says:

      thanks for trying such an old recipe Eryn!

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m super late to the Paleo Party, but I just have to say a) you are hysterical b) the recipes we’ve tried so far (bought The Paleo Kitchen last week) have been amazing and c) you make it so painless to read blog posts. The only blog I read before shooting straight to the recipe. Thank you for sharing your humor and palo expertise with the world!!

    1. juli says:

      thanks for the love Kelly!!

  3. Christina says:

    We’ve made this a few times and love it! I’m hoping to make a batch or two to freeze for when baby arrives. Have you ever done that, and at what part of the process would you freeze it??

    1. juli says:

      i haven’t done that myself, but i would cook the meatballs then freeze them, then simply defrost and reheat the same way you cooked them to help get the same texture!

  4. Sarah says:

    I make these all the time for my grab and go lunch rotation.

    I cook the meatballs without sauce, then freeze them on a cookie sheet. Drop them into a bag. I make the sauce and put it in my fridge in a container. Then I can pull out 2 or 3 meatballs at a time and throw them in my lunch!