From My Kitchen

AIP “Swedish” Meatballs, and Cranberry Sauce

Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving and I have a ton of leftover gravy and cranberry sauce, I thought this might be a good way to use it up.

I used to love Ikea. I still like shopping there sometimes, but far less than I used to. One of the main reasons I loved going there was because of their cafe, and their Swedish meatballs with Lingonberry sauce. Yum! I, of course, cannot eat that anymore because of the various ingredients and with me now following the AIP. Still, it’s one of my favorite meals. I think of it fondly and have been able to find a good and convincing replacement.

I have always enjoyed cranberry sauce, but up until last year had never made it, and before starting the AIP, mostly ate it out of a can unless my Grandma made an alternative. Once I made it and realized how easy it was, I’ve been making it frequently (Here’s the recipe). I like it with many things, turkey, ham and meatballs,etc. I also realized since lingonberries are not readily available, that cranberries are a great alternative. *Quick tip- Did you know you can freeze whole cranberries? I just learned that this year, and since they’re only available seasonally, this is a great idea for having them available year round, although I have had some success with making cranberry sauce with dried cranberries.

I don’t really miss nightshades, except for salsa, so let’s just say I wasn’t heartbroken over not eating a lot of pasta dishes (I never really enjoyed them that much). So, when I make meatballs, even though I have a good “Nomato Sauce“, I usually try and find another way to eat them.

Enter gravy. Gravy, yum! It’s easy to make and delicious and what more do you need for “swedish” meatballs than a good gravy and cranberry sauce? Well, maybe a good meatball recipe.

Ok, so you know I don’t share a lot of recipes of my own (I’ve explained why in this post). I typically just alter and tweak other recipes to fit my needs. I’ve tried many, many egg free recipes for meatballs, but was inspired by this one here. And I use it as the base for my simple meatball recipe. These are delicious and turn out well every time I make them. Bonus*-You can’t tell they’re AIP (meaning- they taste like regular meatballs 🙂 ) Original inspiring recipe – Beef, Bacon, Kale AIP, Paleo Meatballs

Easy AIP Meatballs

1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
1 Tbs. Grass-fed Gelatin (
1 Tbs. arrowroot starch (or tapioca starch) (
3/4 to 1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1/4 cup diced green onions (optional)
black pepper (optional)

Mix together. Using 1 Tbs. scoop, roll into meatballs . Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and broil on high until browned on top. Flip meatballs over and again, broil on high until browned. Finish cooking in gravy, or sauce on the stove top (or if making ahead this would be a good time to freeze them). You can also add to a crock pot with gravy (or sauce), after broiling. This makes a great amount for our family of four and some leftovers.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Let me know what you think!


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