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Turkey Meatballs for everyone!

Hey there! 

With being constantly on the go lately, I need to make sure I am making the most out of my time in the kitchen. Cooking dinner may be my favorite, but sometimes cooking 5-6 dinners a week is overwhelming! With efforts to make more than one dinner at a time (last post) I am also starting to make in bulk. Me and my guy have a pretty good system of rotating nights or cooking together, but some nights we just want to eat with out a lot of thought behind the meal... or dishes. 

Anywho.. I made turkey meatballs one night enough to last for a few meals! Just pop them in the freezer and voila! 

Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Tomato Sauce and Zucchini "pasta"

Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Tomato Sauce and Zucchini "pasta"

Turkey Meatballs

  • 1.25lbs of (organic) ground turkey 
  • 1 /2 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic - minced(I tend to use more than less)
  • 3 tbsp of fresh basil
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten 
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup of oats ( I usually blend them first) *to make this GF make sure you are using GFCO certified oats to not risk cross contamination

Set oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Portion (I used an ice cream scoop) onto the tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12-15 meatballs (depending on size)

If you want to freeze them for later use. Allow them to cool and stick the whole tray in the freezer. After they are frozen, remove the meatballs from their trays and transfer to a plastic freezer bag or tupperware! Freezing them while separated avoids them freezing together in one gigantic meatball! (unless thats what you are going for then.. rock on! )

 

-Whitney 

 

 

 

 

Slow Cookin' Sunday

Hey all!

I can't believe the end of the weekend is already here.  It was a busy two days for me with Yoga teacher training and all of my other favorite weekend activities! I knew I wanted an easy cook dinner that I can get more than one meal out of, so of course I turned to my trustworthy friend, the crockpot! Found a few recipes but as always kind of tweaked them to make it my own. See below for the recipe. Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe? 

 

 

Slow Cook Sesame Chicken 

  • 4 to 6 chicken thighs, bone-in (skinless preferred but optional)
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 to 3 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (if you are making this gluten free make sure you are using a gluten free brand like San J)
  • 1/2 cup of tomato paste or puree 
  • 2 tsp of Sesame oil 
  • Sesame Seeds (this is just for topping)
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch (also check if GF)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup honey 

Place chicken thighs in slow cooker. 

Combine onion, garlic, soy sauce, honey, tomato puree, sesame oil in bowl and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Remove the chicken to remove bones. Add cornstarch to cold water and add to sauce. Stir until starts to thicken. Place the shredded chicken back into crockpot. 

I served this with rice and broccoli but you could use another grain or vegetable! 

Enjoy! 

Whitney