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Autoimmune Paleo Cilantro Meatballs


AIP, egg free, nightshade free cilantro meatballs

Editor’s note: Please welcome Sam from Canada Girl Eats Paleo. Sam and I met through CSNN, the natural nutrition school that I recently graduated from, and that Sam is currently attending. Sam is super-sweet and knows that I follow a mostly Autoimmune Paleo diet (no grains, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds or nightshades) and that many of my readers do too,  so she came up with this awesome meatball recipe that everyone can enjoy! Thanks Sam, for being so considerate! :)


I brainstormed and in the end came up with a meatball recipe I’m sure you’ll love, as long as you like cilantro! They’re chock full of cilantro, green onions, turmeric, and leafy greens so there is a ton of flavor, no spices required! Plenty of nutrients too, I might add. These are baked meatballs so they are very easy as well. Perfect if you need to prep some quick meals/snacks for the week!

I’m a busy person – I have a job at a hospital, I’m in school studying natural nutrition and I also run my blog (and try to have a life!) so I need recipes like this one to keep me going. I’m sure many of you can relate. Leftover meatballs are truly a godsend when you just don’t have time to cook and need some protein stat. I work 12 hour shifts some weekends and last weekend these things truly saved me!

I love making a quick lunch out of these cilantro meatballs by pairing them with guacamole (check out this nightshade-free guacamole) and chopped carrots and celery sticks. Another great way is with a side salad, like this sweet and tangy kale salad that I recently posted (just omit the pecans for AIP, but substitute diced carrots for a nice crunch). I had that for lunch one day and it was great!

If you liked this recipe feel free to come check out my blog! I offer paleo recipes and occasional fitness challenges, and I promise it’s a good time.

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Autoimmune paleo-friendly egg-free, nightshade-free cilantro meatballs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1.5 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup chopped leafy greens (i use mixed greens)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 large minced clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Assemble your ingredients and put in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until everything is well distributed. Form into balls and place on a parchment paper covered cookie pan.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and flip with tongs. Replace into the oven and bake another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

Sam Gaucher is the girl behind Canada Girl Eats Paleo, sharing her journey to a healthy life, and treating you to delicious recipes on her blog. She is currently studying natural nutrition at CSNN to become a holistic nutritionist.

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