Chicken Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free}

Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free} l wanderingroot.com

This right here is total man food made a little healthier.  This meal was a special request from Kass.  Something about a man and his meatballs on a sub or over spaghetti.  While Kass is extremely easy to please as far as meals go and he always eats what I place in front of him, there are certain foods I no longer make or places we no longer eat that he  misses like crazy.  Meatball subs is on that list of foods.

Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free} l wanderingroot.com

A few weeks ago we were headed to Vitamin Cottage and I was asking him if he had any meal requests and this was it.  He wanted to know if I could make a healthier version, so I obliged and came up with this.  I must say I was super impressed with how this meal turned out.  It is not the perfect "clean meal" but it is much healthier than the alternative.  The biggest bonus though was that he loved it too.  

Even Cash enjoyed the meatballs and sauce without the spices.  It is so nice to be able to make one meal that all of us can eat.  While Cash is growing far too quickly and that makes me sad, being able to eat the same things is a bonus to him growing up.  Sometimes it can get tiring making separate meals for us and then for him.  It is so worth it though and is actually easy if you spend a little time each week making big batches of food.  Sometimes finding that time is hard.  Still though, knowing he is eating nutritious food is super important to me, so it is worth the extra effort.

Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free} l wanderingroot.com

I have been making some really good and different dinners lately.  Sometimes I can get stuck in a rut and go to what I know and is easy.  It was really that way for awhile while I was adjusting to having a baby, returning to work, and working on launching my jewelry line {see a sneak peak on Instagram!}.  

Here recently though I have been having a lot of fun in the kitchen again.  I am even excited to try out some canning this summer.  When you live where the produce is amazing you want to bottle that stuff up for when winter rolls around.  Wish me luck...

Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free} l wanderingroot.com

Okay now go make this meal for that special man in your life.  They will love it and not even know that it is gluten free!

Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free} l wanderingroot.com

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Chicken Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free}

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese + more for garnishing
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1-2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • fine sea salt

Sauce

  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 c full fat coconut milk
  • dried oregano
  • crushed red pepper
  • fine sea salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • coconut oil

Pitas

Directions

Meatballs

  1. Toss all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until everything is combined.  Using your hands helps to get it well mixed.
  2. Form into about 1" balls and place on a spilpat lined baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes or until done.  Set aside.

Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add 1 tsp coconut oil.  Sauté the onions and red pepper until onions are translucent and pepper is soft.  
  2. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute.  
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, and cover.  Let simmer for at least 10 minutes.  Can simmer for longer though!

Pitas

  1. In a medium bowl add yeast and cover with warm water.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in flours and mix until flour absorbs all of the liquid.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 minutes.  Add more flour if needed.  You want the dough to be tacky but not sticking to your hands or the counter.  
  4. Turn a bowl over the dough and let sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Cut or split the dough into 4 equal portions.  Roll each portion out or stretch out using your hands.
  6. In a frying pan over medium heat add 1 tsp coconut oil.  Add one of the dough portions to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side {until it is cooked through but still flexible}.  If you overcook them they will not be able to bend into a pita.
  7. Repeat step 6 with remaining dough portions.

Meatball Pitas

  1. Add 3 meatballs to each pita, top with sauce, and freshly shaved parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!
Meatball Pitas {Gluten Free} l wanderingroot.com

Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce l wanderingroot.com

I finally sat down and watched a movie last night!  Like, that is all I did.  It felt amazing.  I also had some really good wine with dinner and chocolate covered espresso beans for dessert.  What is going on?!  It felt really good!  

We watched Wild.  It was good.  I think my husband enjoyed it more than I did.  I read the book though and you know how that goes, the book is always better.  I loved the book.  I wanted to put all my stuff in storage and set off on a hiking adventure.  I didn't though.  I probably won't.  At least not for the next like 18 years.  Gotta be responsible now.

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Cash turns 11 months old this week which has my mind racing on his upcoming birthday.  I am so excited to start making decorations and figuring out what we are going to do!  So far we have a BBQ planned.  I also want to do some kind of dessert bar.  Mainly because I never make dessert or experiment with new desserts, so I thought this was the perfect time to try some things I have been wanting to try.  So far I want to make Danielle's Carrot Cake Cupcakes and her Black Forest Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting.  I also plan on making some ice cream {not sure if I will do dairy or dairy free} and ice cream sandwiches at my husband's request.  Hopefully I can get it all done!

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So Spaghetti Squash is pretty new to me.  I just started eating it this year and am in love.  I stopped eating pasta, which depressed my husband.  This has solved that problem for us.  He does enjoy this dish but I still buy him his pasta, so he can eat that and I can eat this.  I like it this way because then I have leftovers for the week.  Leftovers/quick lunches are a must with a baby.

When we first lived together my cooking was not all that great.  I was not a fan of vegetables and liked things simple.  Lets just say my taste has grown tremendously.  I now love vegetables and flavor.  Kass loves this change.  He hated my pasta sauce back then.  I can't say I blame him.  It was straight out of a jar and that was it.  No meat {occasionally I would toss in some hamburger or sausage}, no vegetables, no herbs, nothing.  It was sad.  I loved it.  Not anymore.

This sauce is wonderful.  Full of flavor and good ingredients.  It is a great chunky sauce, very hearty.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce l wanderingroot.com
Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce l wanderingroot.com

For some reason cooking Spaghetti Squash intimidated me.  It is really easy though.  Just slice it in half length wise, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, drizzle with oil {I do like olive for this}, season liberally with fine sea salt, and fresh cracked pepper, turn cut side down and bake for about 35-40 minutes.  You will know it is done when you can easily pierce a fork through the top. The tops will be lightly browned as well.  Then you flip them over and simply scrape them out with a fork.  The "spaghetti" or strings will come right out!  Super easy.  I serve this to Cash as well.  I just leave one of the halves without any salt and pepper and serve him that.  He also loves the sauce.  With that I don't add the salt, pepper or red pepper until the end after I have scooped out his portion.

Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce l wanderingroot.com
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Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Spaghetti Squash

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • oil {coconut or olive}
  • fine sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1 1/2 lbs grass fed ground beef
  • 1 lg. onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 14.5 oz. canned fire roasted tomatoes
  • 8 oz. canned tomato sauce 
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 c full fat coconut milk
  • fine sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • coconut oil 

Directions:

Spaghetti Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 425º F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half length wise.
  3. Scoop out the seeds.
  4. Drizzle with a generous amount of oil {I like olive oil for this} and generously season with sea salt and pepper.
  5. Place face down on a baking sheet.  Bake for 35-40 minutes {until you can pierce a fork through the skin}.
  6. Using a fork scrape out the inside of the squash.  Place in a bowl, cover to keep warm.

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

  1. In a skillet over medium heat cook the hamburger until done.  Break it up with a wooden spoon.  Once it is cooked all the way through set it aside on a paper towel lined plate {the paper towel will soak up the grease}.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp coconut oil to the same skillet.  Over medium heat add the onion and carrots to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes {until the onion is soft and translucent and the carrots are soft}.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and coconut milk.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste and the crushed red pepper.  
  4. Serve over spaghetti squash.  Enjoy!
Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce l wanderingroot.com
Spaghetti Squash and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce l wanderingroot.com

Much Needed Family Time

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

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This weekend was so wonderful.  It was exactly the weekend I needed, our family needed.  We played in the garden {Cash thinks eating the dirt and playing in the grass is the best part}.  We spent time at Colorado National Monument and today we were able to golf 9 holes {which is pretty impressive with a 10 month old in tow}.  I love that even though we both worked and had chores to do we were still able to be together as a family and have fun.  I am so excited for summer to be here and summer adventures to begin!  I also love this little family of mine.  They pretty much rock.

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