Friday, February 19, 2021

RECIPE: Thai-Inspired GF Meatball Soup

The original recipe was written for chicken, but I didn't have ground chicken and I did have ground pork, so that's what I used and we scarfed this down!  It's naturally gluten free, I didn't have to make adjustments, but I did double the amount of spinach.

Original recipe: Thai-Inspired Chicken Meatball Soup

Thai-Inspired GF Meatball Soup

Serves 4 

  • 1 4-inch piece ginger, peeled
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 pounds ground chicken, turkey or pork
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, leaves and stems finely chopped, a few leaves left whole for garnish
  • 3 T. fish sauce, divided
  • 1 t. himalayan pink salt
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 t. granulated sugar
  • 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 T. lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving

Preheat the oven to 375F. 

Using the small holes of a box grater or microplane, grate the ginger, garlic and jalapeno (or finely chop them by hand). Transfer half to a large bowl and set the rest aside.  To the large bowl, add the meat, chopped cilantro, 2 T. fish sauce and 1 t. salt.  Use your hands to fully combine but do not overmix.

Form into 1-inch meatballs (I use a 25mm disher) and arrange them on a baking pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until bottoms are browned.

While the meatballs are cooking, heat 2 T. oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the reserved ginger mixture and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, sugar, and the remaining 1 T. fish sauce.  Bring to a simmer.

When the meatballs are cooked, transfer them to the broth and simmer 5-8 minutes to meld flavors.  

Remove from heat, add the spinach and lime juice, and stir until spinach is wilted. Garnish with cilantro.

Serve with lime wedges.   

RECIPE: GF Meatloaf with Caramelized Cabbage

I decided to make this recipe because the title sounded delicious - caramelized anything sounds delicious -  but, as I was pulling it together, and leaving out all the sweet ingredients because we don't like sweet with meat, I wondered whether it would be bland because there is NO seasoning.  Surprisingly, it was DELICIOUS!  We still can't figure out why, but easy and delicious is a winner in my book!

The original recipe is linked below, even though I left all the sweet ingredients out.

Original recipe: Kalpudding (Meatloaf with Caramelized Cabbage)

GF Meatloaf with Caramelized Cabbage

Serves 4-6


  • 2 T plus 1 t. unsalted butter
  • 1 head green cabbage (approx. 3 pounds) cored and shredded
  • 2 T himalayan pink salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and minced
  • 1.25 c. heavy cream  
  • 5 T chia seeds, preferably ground
  • 1/2 cup homemade low-salt chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or water. 

Heat the oven to 350F.  I used our toaster oven.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  When it starts to foam, add the cabbage, lower the heat to medium, and add the salt.  Cook slowly, stirring often, until all the liquid has evaporated and the cabbage is caramelized, approximately 20-25 minutes.

While the cabbage is cooking, add the chia to the cream and mix well.  Let it sit until the chia is hydrated, about 10 minutes.  Lightly stir in the meats, then add the onion and mix to combine.

When the cabbage is done, add about one third of it to the meat mixture and mix to combine.  

Use the remaining butter to grease an 10" square baking pan (I used the 8 x 12 pan that fit in our toaster oven) and transfer the meat mixture to it, spreading it out to cover the whole surface evenly.  

Spread the remaining cabbage over the meat, pour the stock or water over the top, and place in the oven.  Cook for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the cabbage is very, very caramelized, almost dry and crunchy at the edges.  Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.