Thai Style Pork Meatballs – Keto Whole 30
Spicy low carb meatballs made with a fun Asian twist. This delicious meatball recipe is grain-free, dairy-free and Whole30 approved. This post is sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.
Did you commit to a healthier diet this year? Have you managed to stick to those New Year’s resolutions?
Trust me when I say that this low carb Thai meatball recipe is going to inspire you to stick with it. They are easy to make and they fit in well with both the keto diet and Whole30.
Chances are you are feeling the February doldrums. It’s been a rough one, weather-wise, with much of the country under a deep freeze. When those comfort food cravings hit, it can be hard to stick to healthier choices.
So if you’ve been struggling to find interesting and flavorful recipes that also you’re your healthy, I completely understand. I’m there too and that’s why this recipe was a real treat. And the whole family loved it.
Are you on Keto or Whole30?
There is a lot of crossover between these two popular diets, although there are a number of differences as well.
But both of them stress the importance of the quality of the ingredients, not just the ingredients themselves. So when I reach for a binder for grain-free meatballs such as this, I use Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. That way, I know I am supporting small farmers who care for their hens in a Certified Humane and sustainable environment.
This is a very important issue for me, personally. I will tell you that I also try to use humanely raised meats and eggs whenever possible, as well organic vegetables. I believe that this a critical issue and part of the way forward in healing our planet.
Knowing that Pete and Gerry’s works only with independent organic farms that allow hens full access to the outdoors, I feel confident about using their eggs in my recipes.Meet some of the Pete and Gerry’s farmers here.
How to Make Low Carb Meatballs
Meatballs tend to shrink a lot during cooking, so it’s best to use a filler and a binder to help them hold their shape. Eggs make a great binder for low carb meatballs and meatloaf.
Regular breadcrumbs are a no-no in keto and Whole30 recipes, so you need a grain-free alternative for the filler. I like almond flour for this purpose, but you can also use crushed pork rinds.
To give these meatballs a Thai flair, I added ingredients like lime zest, chili peppers, fish sauce, ginger, and cilantro. There are a few brands of fish sauce that contain no sugar so look for those if you want to be strict Whole30.
You can bake the meatballs or sauté them. I baked these Thai pork meatballs simply to make it easier. I can fit all 36 meatballs on a large rimmed baking sheet, whereas I’d have to do them in batches when using a skillet.
Be sure to check the internal temperature of your meatballs. With ground pork or turkey, you really need to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
Serve with some cauliflower rice for a delicious keto- and Whole30-approved meal!
Click here for my Thai Pork Meatballs Recipe
Nutritional Information: 8 servings.
Each serving has:
Food energy: 323 cal
Total fat: 22.28g
Calories from fat: 200
Carbohydrate, by difference: 4.15g
Total dietary fiber: 1.07g