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Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs are delightful on their own as an appetizer or paired with your favorite side for a meal!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comDoes anyone else feel like lately ninety percent of their non-working time has been spent in front of the TV watching the Olympics?  I have been sucked in big-time.  I originally thought it was because gymnastics and swimming are my two favorite Summer events, and they were largely televised during the first week of the games.  But I really just think an obsession is an obsession.  Why else would I have spent hours yesterday watching the marathon, basketball, and golf- all events that I really thought I could care less about?

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comJeremy has definitely been on board with the swimming, but most everything else he has major mixed feelings about.  Mostly because more Olympics watching equates to less Netflix watching.  I never knew a grown man could be so sad about only getting to watch one episode of One Tree Hill per night instead of three.  To clarify, this is totally not a dis.  He obviously has great taste in television shows.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comI probably shouldn’t tell him that I’m currently watching Netflix while writing this post (and he is at work).  And don’t worry, it’s Gilmore Girls.  Trust me, I wouldn’t dare watch OTH without him.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comI did, however, eat these meatballs without him.  I ate them for TWO whole meals before I allowed him to even touch his portion.  You see, I needed them to photograph for this post.  Obviously the blog = more important than his cravings.

Before you think I am a terrible wife, I made him homemade pizza on the same night that I made these balls.  He had more than enough deeelish food all to himself.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comLuckily, these chicken bacon ranch meatballs still taste perfect as leftovers.  I like to reheat them in the oven so they still taste like they were just made 30 minutes before.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comAnd in case you had not already figured this out, these meatballs contain organic ground chicken, ranch-esque seasonings, and BACON.  I don’t think meatballs should ever be made without bacon again.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comChicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs
AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, S0y-Free, Nightshade-Free, Whole 30

Makes 12 meatballs

Ingredients

1 cup of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1/2 of a small red onion, chopped
1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
1 LB of organic, free-range ground chicken
1 tsp of dried dill
1/2 tsp of fine sea salt
1/2 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of dried basil
4 strips of uncured turkey bacon (or pork bacon)
lettuce cups, optional

Directions

1. Place mushrooms, red onions, and parsley into a food processor.  Process for approximately 30 to 60 seconds, scraping down the sides.

2. Combine the chopped veggies with the ground chicken and seasonings in a large bowl.  Mix well with hands to combine.  Cover and refrigerate for approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cook bacon according to package instructions.  I fried mine over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels.  Allow to cool.

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

5. Crumble or finely chop bacon into bits.  Combine with chicken and vegetable mixture.  Mix well.  Roll into meatballs and place on the baking sheet.

6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden brown.  If desired, serve in lettuce cups.  These would also be delicious dipped into a Paleo ranch dressing!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs {AIP Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comIf I had to choose between the Olympics and these chicken bacon ranch meatballs, I would be in trouble.  Thank goodness I can sit on my butt, binge-watch the games, and munch on bacon-filled meatballs all at the same time.

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  • Tracy August 15, 2016, 8:42 am
    Thanks for the realness, the giggles and the great recipe!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 15, 2016, 9:50 am
      Thank YOU for stopping by! :D
  • Shashi at RunninSrilankan August 15, 2016, 8:45 am
    I haven't quite succumbed to marathon-Olympic viewing just yet - but throw some of these chicken bacon ranch meatballs onto the coffee table - and I'll park myself right next to them and become a marathon viewer too! Shashi at RunninSrilankan recently posted...Curried Quinoa Lentil & Black Bean Stuffed PeppersMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 15, 2016, 9:50 am
      Haha! Yes, I bet these meatballs would do the trick! ;)
  • Ashley August 15, 2016, 10:20 am
    haha we haven't been watching a ton of the olympics ... I've been too busy binge watching gilmore girls and new girl on netflix! These meatballs are so fun! So pop-able! Ashley recently posted...Zucchini and Corn Tacos with GuacamoleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 15, 2016, 2:33 pm
      Gilmore Girls has definitely got me good, too. I'm trying to get all of the seasons all finished up before the new special series hits Netflix in November!
  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors August 15, 2016, 10:41 am
    Dave is going to go crazy when I make these for him. I already sent the recipe to my best girlfriend too. She loves ranch everything! So perfect! Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted...Roasted Cauliflower GuacamoleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 15, 2016, 2:34 pm
      Yay! How can you go wrong with that combo, right? ;)
  • Lauren OConnor August 15, 2016, 11:15 am
    These meatballs look so tasty! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 15, 2016, 3:04 pm
      Thank you, Lauren. I happen to think they are, though I might be biased! ;)

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