Instant Pot Whole 30 Cabbage and Meatballs

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Hey y’all…. long time no post!!! I really do love blogging and need to be better about it. And, well, since I’ll be staying home, maybe I will be able to make more of a habit of it!!!! What would you like to see here? I know an update on our family is very much in order and I am working on that one as well! Stay tuned!

So yesterday, I posted to Facebook about 5lbs of whole 30 mashed potatoes that I had made in my Instant Pot. I made these potatoes to go with one of my favorite childhood dishes, cabbage and meatballs. I guess it’s one of those recipes that’s been passed down for years. It’s super duper simple and very tasty. I made a few modifications of my own to make it my own recipe. 🙂

I was too excited to post about this (and I have been MIA from the blog for a LONG LONG WHILE) so the photos are not so hot. I’ll make these again and take some better photos! 🙂

If you don’t have an Instant Pot (WHY NOT?!) you NEEEEEED one. I finally convinced my hubby that I would use it A LOT so he let me get one. I use it nearly every day….it’s amazing. And currently, I am doing a Whole30 and feel like I live in my kitchen. The added time savings I get from using my Instant Pot make it a little easier, so it really is a must have, at least in this house!

So like I said before, I serve these babies with mashed potatoes. The tomato gravy that it makes is super yummy with the potatoes.I’ll post the recipe for the Whole 30 mashed potatoes in a bit.

Alrighty….so first thing is first. for the meatballs, I used this AMAZING seasoning I stumbled upon through the Whole30 groups. It’s called MAGIC MUSHROOM POWDER….and it is EXACTLY that. Magical. It. is. so. good. on. EVERYTHING. NomNomPaleo is the creator of said tasty powder. I didn’t have access to dried porcini mushrooms that she calls for in the recipe so I used Shitake and it’s just as good, IMO.

Comfort Food- Cabbage and Meatballs in the Instant Pot
What you Need: What you do:
6 Qt Instant Pot 1.       Combine beef, flour, flax, cauliflower, egg, MM Powder, and onion in a bowl.
2 lb Ground Beef (I used 80/20) 2.       Knead until thoroughly mixed.
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 Flax meal
3.       Form meatballs into about 1/4 lb portions. You should get about 8 meatballs from 2 lbs of meat. You want them to be bigger because then they don’t dry out.
1 cup Cauliflower Rice 4.       brown meatballs on all sides using the saute feature on the Instant Pot (IP) Leave them in the pot
1 Egg 5.       cut the 1/2 head of cabbage into quarters and place on top of meatballs
2 tbls Magic Mushroom Powder (NomNomPaleo’s Recipe) 6.       pour tomato sauce and diced tomatoes on top and top with salt and pepper
1 small white onion 7.       Close and seal the IP
1/2 head of white cabbage 8.       Press Manual, low pressure, for 20 minutes
1 small can of tomato sauce 9.       Do a quick release on the IP to let out the pressure and check the doneness of your cabbage. It should be soft.
1-16oz can of diced tomatoes 10.     Serve with Whole30 Mashed Potatoes.
salt and pepper to taste 11.      I usually serve one meatball as a serving.
12.     DIG IN and ENJOY!!!!!

These are pretty “bland” (as my dad says) by themselves….the potatoes really step up the flavor so I wouldn’t leave those out. Please leave me feedback and let me know how you liked it! Even the 10 year old picky eater ate the cabbage!!!

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