Nostalgic Porcupines

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Porcupines bring with them lots of nostalgia for me. They were the quick go to for my mom and many moms in the 80’s along with jems such as crimped hair, track suits and blue eyeliner. The main difference to point out here is that even though you don’t set up fake tea parties with your cabbage patch dolls and jam out to your walk-man anymore good food never goes out of style.

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15- 20 minutes
Serves: 2-3 people


1/2 lb ground beef ( Substitute with any meat you like)
1 pasture raised, cage free egg
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 cup cooked brown or wild rice

1 can full fat coconut milk
4 oz mushrooms
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp green cardamon
1/2 tsp white pepper
sea salt to taste
1 tbsp unrefined, virgin coconut oil

If your like me and porcupines brings back memories of the 80’s then an integral part of making these is to blast Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel and get to work. In case you dont have the link handy —>

Snag a glass baking dish and grease it up with coconut oil; set it aside. Grab a large mixing bowl and toss all your meatball ingredients into it. Stir until incorporated whilst singing or jamming out to the epic 80’s solo that happens in this song. Form into a little bit bigger than golf sized balls and line them up in the baking dish.

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Now lets get to the sauce. Turn up the music and heat a medium sized pan with 1 tbsp. coconut oil. Add in mushrooms, onion, garlic and green cardamon; saute until lightly browned. Add in coconut milk, lemon juice, pepper and salt. Once it starts bubbling you want to keep it like that for 2 minutes or so. Now pour it all over those meatballs and place the dish in a 400 degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve and Enjoy!

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Brooke Carragher, C.H.N- Certified Holistic Nutritionist

Whole U Nutrition- A Whole U approach to wellness

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