honest kitchen raw dog food and making liver meatballs

by purelytwins



Michelle workout:

I woke up not feeling so well, so kept my workout easy with plank and yoga!  It was just want I needed to start to my day!


Lori – Everyday I feel strong with my yoga practice! Thank you Tara Stiles for guiding me.



Michelle’s Wednesday eats:



Breakfast – Juice with coconut oil and egg green scramble with ghee.

bone broth

grass-fed beef romaine wrap

Lunch – bone broth with sea salt and coconut oil, and grass-fed burger  (from us wellness meats) veggie romaine wrap with coconut oil


Snack – leftover fish with 2 raw grated carrots topped with coconut oil

beef liver meatballs

Later afternoon I decided to tackle  -LIVER.

Remember I bought some beef liver the other day at Wholefoods (Lori had some chicken liver) and we both have been talking about trying out liver. So we browsed a lot of recipes using liver in meatballs and many added a lot of other ingredients (spices, onions, eggs, coconut or almond flour) which all sounded great, but we are still trying to keep things simple.  We did decide to add in some fresh basil, salt, black pepper, and nutritional yeast to help with flavor!!!

I noticed when I was browsing recipes that not many people actually show the steps. And I can see why. So I apologize for the not-so-appealing-picture above, but it is honestly what it looks like. Working with raw meat is not pretty!!! Lori and I still trying to “enjoy” working with raw meats. For so many years we never had to worry about things like raw meat, eggs, etc but now it is all we worry about. Anyone else worry about working with these raw meat and eggs?

Easy Beef Liver Meatballs recipe

Recipe Type: meat
Cuisine: paleo grainfree meatballs
Author: purelytwins
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Paleo gut friendly meatballs made from grass-fed beef and liver. grain free.
  • Beef Liver Meatballs
  • 1 lb grass-fed beef
  • 1/4 lb (or more if you like) of liver (beef, chicken, again whatever you have)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • handful fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Place everything into a food processor and pulse together. Then do your best to roll into ball shapes as it will be sticky.  Place beef liver meatballs onto  a baking tray.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes.


purple cauliflower


Dinner – purple cauliflower, turnips, salmon, and tuna  (fish was from wholefoods)

I baked the cauliflower and turnips in oven lightly coated with coconut oil in 350 for about 30-40 minutes. I baked a whole salmon filet in oven for about 20-25 minutes (and saved most of  it to enjoy today)  and pan seared tuna. Topped with coconut oil.

sugar-free marshmallows

Michelle’s recap –  Started my day with morning supplements  and enjoyed sugar-free marshmallows. Drank 8 cups water.  I had one cup dandy tea and one peppermint tea. I did have two small bowel movements.  Overall my stomach felt fine, just had a headache that was with me pretty much all day. I did take my pre-dinner supplements and enjoyed more marshmallows before bed. Plus took 2 magnesium pills, which thank you for everyone sharing your thoughts on magnesium supplements.  Both Lori and I learn so much from our readers!

Lori’s day;

After a wonderful yoga session with the lovely Tara Stiles it was time to take my morning pills, eat some marshmallows and make my juice.


Stevia vanilla gelatin marshmallows!


Another beet carrot romaine, cucumber, fennel juice. For some reason I did not really enjoy my juice yesterday, I guess it is getting boring and missing my fruit and lemons.


Little bit later it was time for some food. Sautéed mixed greens in ghee and turmeric with eggs, topped with more ghee and enjoyed one raw egg yolk.


Mid-morning I enjoyed some dandy tea for some studying motivation.


Late lunch was bone broth with coconut oil. Served with shredded brussel sprouts, chopped up buffalo burger, few turnips, and sardines. Topped with coconut oil.

Enjoyed this meal outside as yesterday was a PERFECT day in terms of weather. It was sunny and high 60’s! I wish everyday could be like that 😉


Studied all afternoon outside. I think Jax really enjoyed the warmer weather too. Loved being able to sit outside and get my Vitamin D. Soooo looking forward to Spring!


Our shadows. Jax being my protection while I study. He stood like this for a good 10-15 minutes. Silly vizsla. 


Got some samples from the amazing people over at The Honest Kitchen for Jax to try!! So excited to see how Jax does with this dog food!  I got samples for their grain-free dog food the Love, Zeal, and Embark!


Mid-afternoon snacks were more marshmallows and raw shredded carrots, coconut oil and half can salmon. Strange but good!


Jax , my shadow, wondering what in the world am I eating. haha


Enjoyed some peppermint tea and felt really inspired by these quotes!!! “Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring.” —- > LOVE!!!!  Inspiration is an unlimited power. —-> yes it is!!!

Something I strive to do everyday – inspire and be inspired!


Dinner was pan sautéed mahi mahi, with sautéed butter lettuce and steamed broccoli. Topped with olive oil. Delicious.  I did take my pre-dinner supplements.

My day recap:

Overall it was a decent day. I got about 8 cups water (not including bone broth or juice). My digestion was great yesterday, just still dealing with a headache and nausea. But Michelle and I are thinking it may be from the skin of the beets (which a blog reader mentioned), our magnesium levels  stress, or just a mental thing 😉  I did have a good morning bowel movement. Like I mentioned above I really enjoyed my day of sitting outside in getting lots of fresh air and sun!!! I felt so calm and happy all day long.

I did enjoy some more marshmallows with a little coconut oil before bed. And took some magnesium pills but forgot to do magnesium oil on body.

Twins question: Anyone else heard or tried the Honest Kitchen pet food? Anyone ever try liver based meatballs before? Would you ever try them? What are you tips for dealing raw meat? How do you clean-up afterwards?? 

We have been working on a grocery list and tips blog posts for those interested in more of what we did to heal our gut in our 30 day journey. And also did a make-up video. We hope to have those posts up soon. 

till next time,




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Deana February 7, 2013 - 11:58 am

I am so glad you contacted Honest Kitchen. Glad I mentioned them to you! Excellent food, and company. And, I can’t believe you are working with liver. My package of liver is in the freezer, waiting for me to be brave enough to make something. This recipe is perfect. But, how do they taste? As for working with raw meats, yes, I am being extra careful in my kitchen now.

purelytwins February 7, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Deana, thank you for bringing Honest Kitchen to my attention. I have a feeling Jax will love the food 😉
And oh yes we waited awhile before doing something with liver, it was scary but happy we are trying it. We have not tried them yet hehe, today is going to be the first day. We will let you know what they taste like! They smelt good, so hopefully the taste is good too!

Kyra February 7, 2013 - 12:51 pm

When I ate meat, I actually really enjoyed the taste and texture of chicken liver. Beef liver was nasty lol. But chicken liver has a softer texture and works well in a stir fry with coconut oil.

Headache could be detox or the beets. Beets are very strong detoxifyers. Maybe hold off on them for a while and see if the headaches go away?

I forgot if I asked… What brand and type of canned salmon do u use? I wentto wfm to look and was ooverwhelmed by the selection and price lol

Also, where do u get ur meats, fish, etc? My wfm don’t have anY paspastured poultry. Are u still considering doing the shopping post? It would be beyond awesome 🙂

Thanks gals


purelytwins February 7, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Kyra yes working on that post, give us some time to gather our thoughts and resources 😉

Lindsay February 7, 2013 - 2:03 pm

You two definitely are inspiring, that’s for sure. Keep up the great blog posts and positive vibes. I love reading every single day 🙂

purelytwins February 7, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Thank you so much Lindsay for the kind words!

Concetta February 7, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Have been feeding HK for many years now. Expensive, but any dog digestive issues disappeared. They love it.

purelytwins February 7, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Awesome to hear this!

the delicate place February 7, 2013 - 2:42 pm

i don’t juice beets or raw kale often as they are high in oxalates. i actually can’t eat raw golden beets because my throat gets super sore and scratchy almost like it’s closing off! that’s why my juices are mainly carrot, romaine, lemon, herbes of some sort, celery & cuke.

purelytwins February 7, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Melissa we are feeling our juices will be having less and less beets in them!

Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 7, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Jax is so pretty! And so are you! <3

I've never heard of that dog food but would love to try it. Maizey is such a finicky eater – she never devours a bowl of food. She'll just pick at it…usually I can get her to eat if I put olive oil on it. Such a spoiled pup.

Kyra February 7, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Thanks… I dont mean to be pushy…. I’m just anxious to start changing things, yet I can’t find the food I need to do so!

Oh, I made my first batch of pulp crackers…. Delish! They taste like Triscuits. I changed the recipe a bit by using only 3tbs chia to 8c cups pulps plus 6tbs nooch and 1tbs coconut aminos

Coco February 7, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Hmm.. I don’t feel about packaged “Raw” dog food.. I feel like its just a way to make money on something that is supposed to be a simple and biologically appropriate. (Similar to prepackaged Paleo stuff! Which doesn’t even make sense to me) I feed our dogs the BARF (Bones and Raw foods) diet.. which is literally raw chicken backs, organ meats, with some raw eggs, veggies and fruit.. here and there. They have always loved it and done really well on this diet. Unfortunately since one of my dogs got brain damage- he doesn’t eat very often.. so in addition we give him homemade chicken broths over brown rice or quinoa.. I swear my dogs eat better than half of the people out there! Hopefully Jax enjoys the food though!

Meg February 7, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Can’t wait for the stevia marshmallow recipe! Great job girls. Thanks for the liver meatball recipe as well. I’ve been wanting to try adding liver into my diet as well but am intimidated about it’s preparation. I recently got some organic duck liver pate made for me by a local butcher who made it dairy free. It’s pretty delicious spread on beet chips, butter lettuce or mushrooms…strange but good .

purelytwins February 7, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Thanks Meg! We were intimidated too with liver, but we were surprised how easy it was to work with and how well it came out 🙂 Duck liver pate, sounds yummy!!

Megan @ The Detoxinista February 7, 2013 - 10:14 pm

I am in love with Honest Kitchen dog food. I’ve been feeding it to my dog for over 3 years now, and her health has improved dramatically! We’ll never go back to another type of dog food. Embark is her favorite. 🙂

purelytwins February 8, 2013 - 7:54 am

so glad to hear it Megan!!! 😉 yay

Jenna February 7, 2013 - 10:48 pm

I’ve followed your blog for awhile and love following your journey to healing and wellness. I also adore all your recipes and I think you both are very talented young women. However, I’m a little concerned about your recent nausea and headaches; have you considered going to the doctors to get your magnesium levels tested? Or do some blood work? It might help give you some ideas. Please take care and I wish you both all the best!

purelytwins February 8, 2013 - 7:55 am

thanks Jenna! yes we are consider going to a doctor to see overall levels of things 🙂 but yesterday we had no issues, so not sure why it happened. but yes knowing blood work can help.

Kyra February 8, 2013 - 9:22 am

Do u think the nausea has any correlation to the protein powder? U had none on this day and u also had no nausea. When did thesessymptoms start?

Also, thought u might be interested in this article:


I wish all of this gi/acne stuff didn’t require so much detective work… Its easier to solve crimes than to figure out guts! :-p

purelytwins February 8, 2013 - 9:34 am

Kyra I do not think it is related as I had experienced nausea on and off over the Christmas holiday. Not everyday it is bad, just some days I really notice it. Just really randmom.

Thanks for the article we will check it out. And I know sure wish things were easy, for some people it is but for others we have to dig deeper.

Cat February 8, 2013 - 10:12 am

Good Morning ladies!

I just wanted to let you know, that after starting to read your blog, it’s setting in! This morning I woke up and I was like “ugh- impending blizzard on the east coast” and then I thought… How can I change my attitude? I know! Plank and downward dog.

SO I didn’t do it for long, but it was refreshing and I did it. Thanks for the motivation!

purelytwins February 8, 2013 - 10:22 am

awesome Cat!!! so happy to hear it 🙂 great job!!!

the delicate place February 8, 2013 - 11:04 am

fyi… this is why i have bone broth a couple times a month but not every day: http://chriskresser.com/bone-broth-and-lead-toxicity-should-you-be-concerned

purelytwins February 8, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Thank you for sharing! We will check it out.

lailja February 8, 2013 - 6:39 pm

gotta admit, do not like dealing with raw meats! eggs – no prob.

Kyra February 11, 2013 - 7:22 pm

I tried making the egg scramble and mine came out really watery. What did I do wrong? I used kale, red cabbage, 2 egg whites and sautéed these (no oil) I added the yolks at the end. But it was soupy. Ick. Any advice?

purelytwins February 11, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Kyra not sure what you mean by watery, as it will be more wet due to the yolks. Did you watch our video how we make warm salads – http://purelytwins.com/2012/12/18/how-to-make-warm-salads/ We mention how and when we add eggs to it. Hope this helps.

Kyra February 11, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Thanks for the link. Idk how it came out watery, but it was odd. Everything was cooked like in the video, but it laid in a pool of liquid. I didn’t use any oil or anything. I added the whites after the kale had begun to wilt and then added the yolks right before I plated it.

It also didn’t keep me full at all…. I was still hungry lol. Does this meal leave u hungry too?

Idk if this paleo thing is gonna work… Raw vegan is much easier (peel bananas, throw in vitamin, blend, voila) haha. Major meal fail! 😛

zosia February 12, 2013 - 6:40 pm

when you say 1 lb beef…do you mean ground beef? steak? what cut did you guys use?

purelytwins February 12, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Zosia yes ground beef, sorry about that

Beth April 12, 2013 - 12:26 am

Approx how many servings does this make?
(like how many ounces of the finished product do u use for a meal?)

I’m sure u could do this with ground chicken/turkey and chicken livers.


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