Monthly Archives: January 2014

Turkey Meatballs

Hi Everyone . . . Bright Blessings and Happy New Year!

Stepping back into my groove, I’ve read a lot these past few weeks about resolutions.  How to get organized, lose weight or start exercising.  We’ve all heard or made them.  One morning I turned on the computer and stared at the most amazing message in my inbox that read – How To Organize Your Whole Life . . . Wow.

Most of us, I think, just want to stay in the flow as much as we can.  Work on those things that help us become better versions of ourselves, yes, but we’re not looking for perfect.  Mick’s violin teacher Miss Karen will occasionally say to Mick, “Practice make’s progress Mick.”  I love that.

I scrolled down a bit and read another message – What’s the best investment you could make in yourself this year . . . . OK I really like that.  Sends an awesome vibe of possibility right through me.   It’s not so overwhelming.  I don’t think I could organize my whole life anytime soon.  And if I did, manage to clean up the clutter and tie up the loose ends, it wouldn’t stay that way for long.

So I started working this question that somehow seems to ask, “What will you choose?”  And even more than that, that choosing just one thing is fine. . . in fact good.  I don’t have to tackle it all.  Just one thing.  And maybe after that one more.  Maybe I’ll devote February to more yoga classes and another month to morning meditations.  That would be progress.  Small accomplishments.  I like that.

It’s been a cold winter here in Cary – Lot’s of snow, ice and below zero temps (and it’s only January)!  Mick gets home from school, lights a fire in the fireplace and changes into his sweat pants.  Think sweaters, wool socks, warm mugs of tea and soup!  This week I decided it might be fun to make Turkey Meatballs.  There’s a lot of recipes out there so I decided to pull a bit from a few of them with delicious results!

We’ve been eating them all week!  They’re great just by themselves but my favorite is smothered in spaghetti sauce over whole wheat noodles.  Total comfort food!  Here’s a quick shot of them while browning . . . .

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They’re perfect to make ahead of time and enjoy throughout the week.  They’re even good for breakfast.  Stay Warm!!

Turkey Meatballs
1 pound white meat ground turkey
1 pound dark meat ground turkey
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (for browning)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper

1.   Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, salt and fresh ground pepper together in a bowl and set aside.
2.   In another bowl combine the turkey, onion, garlic and egg and mix well.
3.   Sprinkle the bread crumb, Parmesan cheese and seasonings blend over the turkey and mix until all ingredients are well combined.
4.   Form turkey into 1 1/4 inch meatballs and place on a platter or cookie sheet so they are ready to brown.
5.   In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and brown the meatballs turning occasionally so not to burn.  Total cooking time will vary, approximately 9-10 minutes.

Prep Notes:  Italian Seasoning is typically a combination of oregano and basil, sometimes with garlic, marjoram or sage.  If you don’t have any, substitute  1 tsp basil and 1 tsp oregano.  Also, I used Parmesan Reggiano but any Parmesan will do!