Paleo Recipes - Bora Bora Fireballs

Bora Bora Fire Balls Aka Well Fed – YUMMY

Do you have the “Well Fed” cookbook by Melissa Joulwan, if you don’t then you should! The first time I heard of it was when I came across a Paleo diet recipe for The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. I made it and agreed. It was pretty much some of the best chicken I have ever eaten and have made the recipe several times since.

We bought our copy of Well Fed late this summer and were excited to flip through the pages. My husband quickly made a list of those items he would like for “us” to try making. Bora Bora Fireballs were on the list and I finally got around to making them.

Paleo Recipes - Bora Bora Fire Balls

These tasty pork meatballs incorporate a ton of spices, juicy pineapple, and some spicy cayenne pepper. It was a flavor combination I would have never come up with myself…. and that is exactly why I loved these as well as so many of Melissa’s recipes.

I did make a few modifications. In lieu of the canned pineapple, I used half of a fresh pineapple and chopped it then crushed it with a knife. I was out of green onions so I used chives from my yard. I didn’t have fresh jalapenos so I used some pickled ones that I had. and finally….  I didn’t have shredded coconut so I used the flaked variety. All in all my substitutions worked, though I would recommend using shredded coconut as the flakes didn’t coat the meatballs as evenly as the shredded variety would.

The verdict. These tasty morsels were flavor packed and oh so tasty. We’re big meatball fans in the house and this was a nice variation from the norm. Way too spicy for the kiddos, but that was all the better, more for Steve and I to eat…

Bora Bora Fire Balls
Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
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A hot and tasty dish that is easy to make.
  • 2 lbs (907 g) Ground Pork
  • 2 Large Eggs - Lightly Beaten
  • 1 Cup (237 g) Fresh Or Canned Crushed Sugar-Free Pineapple With Its Juice
  • 1 _ Cups (355 g) Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 3-4 White Scallions - Sliced Very Thinly
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Coconut Amino
  • _ Fresh Jalapeno - Seeds And Core Removed and Finely Minced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 1 _ Teaspoons (7.5 g) Dried Ginger
  • _ Teaspoon (2.5 g) plus _ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Salt
  • _ Teaspoon (3.7 g) plus 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Ground Cayenne Pepper
  1. • Ready your oven by preheating it to 375° F (190° C). You’ll also need to prepare a large baking sheet by covering it with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set it aside.
  2. • Toast the shredded coconut in a large non-stick pan over a medium to high heat. Stir the shredded coconut often using a wooden spoon until golden brown. This will only take about 3 minutes.
  3. • Remove the shredded coconut from heat. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt and ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper over the shredded coconut, and set aside to cool.
  4. • Prepare a sieve over a bowl for the pineapple. Put the crushed pineapple in the sieve and press down with a wooden spoon to remove any juice and excess moisture. Set the juice aside and place the pineapple pulp in a large mixing bowl.
  5. • Add the remaining salt and cayenne pepper to the pineapple pulp. Add the ginger, garlic, scallions, jalapeno, coconut amino, and eggs. Beat all ingredients until combined well.
  6. • Using your hands, crumble the ground pork into the pineapple mix. Knead until all the ingredients are incorporated well.
  7. • Arrange the bowls of pork, pineapple juice and shredded coconut on your table with the prepared baking sheet at the end. This will make the process of making the meatballs easier.
  8. • Measure a level tablespoon of pork and roll it using your hands. Lightly soak the measured pork in the pineapple juice then roll it in the shredded coconut. Press the meat on shredded coconut and roll it between your palms. Do not add too much of the shredded coconut to the pork.
  9. • Place your finished meatballs on the baking sheet with about ½ inch gap between each meatball.
  10. • Bake your meatballs for 25-30 minutes until sizzling and golden brown.
  11. • Remove from the oven (don’t forget your mittens!) and serve while hot!
Having all the ingredients fresh is the way to give this savory dish the right taste and help you enjoy all its benefits. Many people tend to choose canned or packet ingredients rather than fresh ones for convenience and the thought that they are saving more. However, studies have been carried out regarding packed or canned goods that are commercially produced, and the results are not as appealing as they seem to be.

When it comes to health, having fresh ingredients in your food is still proven the best. But the benefits of eating fresh goes beyond the health factors, it can even help you save a little more money. If you are not a fan of fresh food, these benefits may well change your mind and help you see fresh Paleo diet food in a different light.

Fresh Food Contains More Vitamins, Minerals, And Other Nutrients

Paleo Food - Fresh Pineapple

No matter how you look at it, raw, unprocessed foods contain more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help keep your body healthy. Canned or packed foods go through several processes that can reduce how many nutrients the food originally has. Although the packages boast of being preservative-free, we can’t really be sure if there are no preservatives added that may affect a person’s health. We are also not sure how companies and their suppliers handle their products, so safety is also a matter of question for canned or packed foods.

Fresh Foods Promote Weight Loss

Fresh fruits and vegetables contain a good amount of dietary fiber compared to their canned or packet counterparts. Dietary fiber can help you feel fuller easier and reduce food cravings in the process. Preserving fruits and vegetables may involve a lot of processes that can reduce their fiber content. Another reason why fresh foods are best for losing weight is because of their water content which also helps in making you feel fuller and refreshed longer.

Paleo Diet Food - Helps Promote Weight Loss

Fresh Paleo Diet Food is Cheaper

Going fresh is still cheaper since you eliminate the costs of the processing, handling, and packaging. You can buy fruits and vegetables by kilograms and do dozens of dishes with them and not sweat about getting every consumable part of the fruit or vegetable. If you compare all the amount of canned goods made from different parts of a vegetable to its raw counterpart, you will find out how much cheaper the raw vegetable is. Raw food also introduces you to farmer’s markets and farm shops, which offer the cheapest prices for items that appear on your raw Paleo diet food list.

Fresh Foods Can Keep You Active

Paleo Diet Food - Helps You Remain Active

Since you have to prepare raw foods often, you will find yourself being more active in the kitchen, which is a good thing. Some people find cooking as a form of relaxation and their way of getting active. It also gives them a chance to spend more time together with their loved ones or kids, involving them in making the various Paleo recipes. Going to different farmer’s market and farm shops also allows you to have an activity at least once a week. You may even make a garden of your own where you can grow small vegetables and herbs, giving you some time off for yourself and still be active.  All which makes leading a Paleo lifestyle so much better.

Fresh Foods Are Earth-Friendly

You know how much the Earth needs a little less can or plastic in order to survive. With the growing danger of pollution from the trash, we humans produce every day, having one less can or plastic bottle to throw away can make a big difference. The parts you discard from fresh fruits and vegetables may even be used in your own garden (if you have one) as a natural fertilizer.

Fresh Paleo Food - Earth Friendly

Being on the Paleo diet opens you up to new opportunities when it comes to food, and having fresh ingredients is not new. If you are not yet on the Paleolithic diet, try incorporating fresh foods in your list and see the difference it can make to your health and lifestyle. Fresh ingredients used in this recipe and other Paleo diet recipes you have on your list will definitely have a delicious result with a little more oomph!

Bora Bora Fireballs Inspired by Well Fed. So spicy, hearty and delicious.


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