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A Cool New Blog, and a Cooking Demo – Albondigas Soup!!

As you all know we are raising a paleo family; ultimately hoping to avoid disease and most importantly wanting to pass the gift of health and longevity down to the most important people in out lives, our children.  Parenting is the hardest job one will ever have, and yet, parents work hard to do what is best for their kids, and those of you who are mommy’s and daddy’s know first hand all the emotions that go along with raising kid-lets.  Children do not always make it easy for us parents… I remember one poignant moment as a rebellious teenager, telling my mom, “You just don’t love me!”, and my amazing, loving, beautiful mother looked back at me gently and said, “Sarah, you really have no idea how much I do love you.” Fast forward a few years later to the night I brought my first baby home from the hospital. I called my mom in tears, apologizing for being the most awful teenage daughter on the planet, and swore to her how much I now did understand how much she loved me….  Although our kids might not realize it now, we do what we do for our kids because we love them, not because we feel like it’s our duty, but because of that innate drive to protect, give, shelter, and adore.  We take care of them even when it’s hard, even when we are tired, and even when we want to pinch their little heads off because we are at our wits end, and it’s a sacrifice worth making.

One of my dear friends, Chrissy Gower, who is also a paleo mommy, is giving a gift to her own son, and to all of us, out of love.  She is one of the busiest trainers at Norcal and even with little time left over for herself, she has started her own blog – Growing Up Paleo – which is documenting her families paleo journey through pregnancy and beyond with her now almost 2 year old son Kayden.  Check it out – I think this blog will be a wonderful resource for parents who are still wondering if paleo is the right choice for their little ones, and a great resource to see an awesome paleo mom in action!!

Also, check out my new cooking demo – Albondigas Soup!  Here is the recipe:

Albondigas (meatballs)

2 lbs grass fed ground beef

2 cloves minced garlic

2 tbsp ground cumin

2 tbsp dried oregano

1 tbsp black pepper (in the demo I said 2 tbsp but I meant 1)

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp sea salt


4 tbsp olive oil

1 shallot minced

3 garlic cloves minced

5 carrots chopped

2 1/2 cups shredded purple cabbage

2 1/2 cups fresh (not canned) diced tomatoes

1/2 to 1 full can of El Pato Jalepeno salsa (the small 7 oz can)

10 cups water

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp oregano

2 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)


Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. melissa says:

    this looks awesome. thanks for all the work you do with this blog. I use it weekly and have shared it with so many people. You are amazing

  2. Hey Sarah! Thanks so much for the post! Your blog is an amazing resource! If it wasn’t for you my family would most likely starve or eat the same thing every night! 🙂 So THANK YOU!

    1. Thank you all for your awesome comments! All of YOU inspire me to keep this thing going…. : )

  3. Thank you so much for creating this amazing blog! I have used it many times and now with the cooking demos, I will probably use it even more. Thanks so much for putting it out there.

  4. JennyFaith says:

    Sarah! Thank you so much for your blog! I absolutely love it and it has been a life and pocketbook saver! I always thought it was too expensive to eat right, and I was wrong! What brand(s) of cookware do you use?

  5. Interesting recipe, sounds similar to what my mother makes. I will try it soon.

    I am glad to see you use El Pato sauce. My mother makes a Mexican seafood soup that uses the red Pato sauce (yellow can) to flavor a chicken stock. To the stock she adds cabbage, chayote, zucchini, carrot, jalapenos (desseeded and deveined) onion, celery, and potato (she is not paleo) that she sauteed in a fat (usually olive oil) but I have use bacon fat.

    To the stock she adds salt, pepper and oregano (dried, to taste) and the raw shrimp, crab legs, scallops. Serve with wedges of lime for a solid, paleo-ish meal.

    1. Wow Pablo, your Mom’s soup sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you! Love your blog 🙂 Your my inspiration. My family and I eat after low carb and high fat principle. I will try the soup 🙂

  7. Sarah,

    Awesome video! Your kids are super cute and adorable. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Z! They are pretty darn cute – which is a good thing because they also like to drive me crazy but the cuteness helps win me over every time… : )

  8. Good stuff! It was even better the next morning 🙂

    1. It was better for breakfast – it would have been great topped with a poached egg… Next time! : )

  9. I love your blog and I have been going Paleo for 7 months now I love it never felt better and I have no desire to eat otherwise I can sit next to someone chowing down a pizza and have no desire to eat it, that is the difference with Paleo you do not feel like you are missing out. I grew up on this soup not the Paleo version but I like to make it with ground turkey meat instead of red meat because it taste lighter. but I am totally making this soup Friday night Thank you!!!

  10. Christy says:

    I just stumbled upon this site a few months ago, and I now refer to it several time a week! You have really opened mine & my husbands eyes to what Paleo is all about. Keep it going Sarah, we love it!

    1. Thank you Christy!

  11. Thanks for the recipe! We just tried this tonight and it was really good. I’m so glad we found your site and please continue to post recipes. We have a 6 weeks challenge to go Paleo so all your delicious ideas will really help us.

  12. Destiny says:

    We had this last night with meatballs made from buffalo and sheep burger – it was sooooo good! Our three kids and even my dad (normally NOT a paleo eater at all) were happy and full! We’ll definitely be having this one again – thanks!

  13. Julie says:

    What a site! What a kitchen! What an assistant you have in your son, Jason!
    What a recipe for soup! I’m excited to have discovered your blog (learned about you from the Healthy Skeptic). Thank you so much and keep up the good work. We are having a large family/friend gathering this coming weekend and this soup will be on the menu.

  14. Ronald says:

    I will make the meatballs with ground turkey..and see how it turns out…

    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Ronald! I’m sure it will be great with the ground turkey… Let me know how it turns out!

  15. Karen Gravatt says:

    Thank you Sarah for your wonderful Paleo recipes. I can’t wait for your book to arrive!! Congrats!!

  16. What can I use instead of El Pato sauce? I can’t seem to find that out here in Germany!

    1. You can use any kind of red salsa you can find or you can make your own! Here’s a recipe for my salsa.

      1. Thanks, it turned out great!!

  17. Nicole says:

    Made this last night and my husband and girls LOVED IT!! I’m soo happy!! And yes it was even better for lunch today!!!

  18. Oh man… this was amazing. So glad I listened to you and made the broth with just the veg and meat. This was seriously one of the most delicious recipes ever. I made your salsa and added that instead of the El Pato… but otherwise, it was the same. And it made so much! Albondigas… its what’s for breakfast!!

  19. Every time I think we have a new “favorite” you post something that becomes the “new favorite” Thanks for all you do

  20. Margaret says:

    I would just omit the cayanne pepper! El pato is great! Im gonna give it a try.
    newbie to paleo. Day 7

  21. This looks really good. I just googled paleo albondigas soup and this came up first. I am excited to try it.

  22. Melissa says:

    We add mint to our albondigas and then zucchini to the broth. Then we top with cilantro and diced white onion.

  23. How many servings does this make?

      1. Thank you! Also, I can’t find the instructions. The recipe just lists the ingredients.

        1. The instructions are in the video! 🙂

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