One day my hubby came home and requested this recipe, and playing the good wife I obliged. It’s not often he requests a specific dish, so I’m usually happy to make it for him. I had actually been meaning to try making these paleo meatball subs for a while, and it’s not dissimilar to my basic meatball recipe you can find here.
As some of you may know, hubby and I have been doing a Whole30 since the beginning of January 2016. It has been a lot easier than I thought it would, and although it hasn’t been as easy for him, I’ve been really proud of how he has stuck to it. So when he came to me asking for me to make up this recipe, which is Whole30 compliant, I’m going to serve it up and keep him on track.
My hubby is and always was a jerky lover. When he finally joined me on the paleo journey one of the first things he asked me to make him was some jerky. I’ve made it quite a few times since then. This recipe is a mix of flavours that I always go back to.
This paleo beef jerky recipe is simple to make and is great to have on hand as a snack, whether you’re trying to up your protein, makes snacks that are cost-effective, or just need something convenient to take away camping. It’s also suitable if you are following the Whole30 or 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD).
If you have been looking into paleo or been following it for any period of time, then you are going to have heard the name Diane Sanfilippo. If you haven’t then you may know her very popular program The 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD) or her award winning book Practical Paleo. Diane is a certified holistic nutrition consultant from the United States and shares her wealth of knowledge on her popular blog and podcast Balanced Bites. She is one of my role models I guess you could say, but I digress.
I have personally done the 21 DSD program twice and love it. Its easy to follow and offers some very delicious and nutritional meals. I found the meals very easy to prepare, while still sharing a different style of cooking with me than I am used too. Many of the dishes became family favourites, but none more than the dish that I am going to share with you today.
Ok, so I committed to you all that I would update you with how the Whole30 was going for me….well here’s a post with the real truth. I had to re-start. Things were going well, until I had to go away to work and there were NO good food options for me. I had to travel for two days and work at an event with only the food vendor choices that were on offer. They weren’t the best options. Also, we were staying away from home and I didn’t have time or access to making something I could take along with me, so….I had to deviate from the Whole30.
Wondering what the Whole30 is? Here is my original post about taking part in the Whole30 and what it entails.
I didn’t beat myself up about it though. I made the best choice with what was on offer.
Did I then give up or throw the towel in? No. I thought to myself I have two options 1) I can continue on and just add a couple of extra days at the end or 2) I can restart it and continue on with no guilt. My issue with the first option was that it wouldn’t show me the true results. I most likely had a gluten contamination from those meals consumed while away and the results would have been altered by the inflammation etc this would have caused. Option 2 was my best choice. I could restart, and see the real results.
Eating out can be hard when your eating paleo. If you have been eating this way for a while, then you can probably navigate your way around a menu to suit your needs. Its not the case when your starting out though. I often am giving advise on what might be suitable to eat when your out and trying to stick to the paleo principals.
One thing I suggest is not to beat yourself up too much about being ‘perfect’. Unless you have dietary requirements, like coeliac disease, where a contamination is just out of the question, then you may have to make a choice as to what you are happy to eat. Its not that easy to find many restaurants that cook with coconut oil or tallow these days. Its about making the best choice you can with what you have. Continue reading