Asian Turkey Meatball Dinner Recipe

Hey there, pals! How's it going? It's Sunday morning as I write this post, and I start my new full-time job tomorrow so this week is going to be a busy one full of getting adjusted to a new schedule. So, I apologize in advance if I end up being a bit MIA this week. I'm going to do my best to start planning out posts a bit more so I'm on a more regular posting schedule! 

I'm stopping by today to share with you a new dinner recipe I tried. I don't know about you, but I'll make the same dinners for a period of time and then... I get so bored of them. Anyone else with me? So, off to Pinterest I go (of course) to find some new recipes to try out. I've seen different variations of Asian Turkey Meatball recipes floating around for awhile, but I've never gotten around to trying them. So, when I saw this recipe on Pinterest (originally from Chef Savvy) I knew I had to give it a try! 

If you're in the market for some new dinner recipes, look no further! Keep on reading to find out what you'll need to make this tasty dinner.

asian-turkey-meatballs

Ingredients for the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground turkey 
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole green onion, both green and white parts
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup hoisan sauce
  • 1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • green onions for serving

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Add your turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, green onions, egg, sesame oil, and soy sauce to a bowl. Mix with your hands until combined. 

3. Grease a baking sheet. Portion out and roll 12 meatballs. You may find that working with slightly wet hands helps.

4. Place meatballs on the oiled baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, or until cooked all the way through. You'll want to flip them halfway through.

5. While the meatballs are cooking, add all of the sauce ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. Set aside.

5. Take the meatballs out of the oven and toss with the Asian sauce. Enjoy with a side of brown rice (or whatever side you'd like!).

Let me know if you try out this recipe and what you think about it! If you like when I post about dinner recipes and would like to see more - please press the HEART button located below this post so I know you liked it! Thanks so much, friends :)

Bon apetit! 

 

 

Green Banana Muffins Recipe

Happy Monday, friends! I hope that your weekend was the perfect combination of fun and relaxing. It was my older sister, Alie's, birthday on Saturday so Friday night and Saturday morning I spent some time baking lemon ricotta cookies and a coffee cake for her Saturday night birthday dinner. We usually celebrate birthdays with dinner and cake at my parents' house, so that's what we did! It was a fun night because we got to talk a lot about my sister and soon to be brother-in-law's new house that they'll be moving into this upcoming weekend. My sister actually asked me to make my crockpot chex mix for move-in day, so I'll be whipping up a batch of that later this week. If you're looking for something easy to make for a holiday party definitely check out my post with my easy chex mix recipe clicking here!

I know I promised you all the recipe for my Mommom Minnow's Christmas cookies that I posted on Instagram stories last week, but I wanted to start off the week by sharing a healthy recipe. If you're looking for the Christmas cookie recipe, stay tuned! It should make its appearance by Wednesday.

green-banana-muffin-recipe

Alright, so I don't know about you, but it's about this time every year that I really need to get myself in check. I'm making loads of Christmas cookies and it seems like everywhere I go there's a high-calorie, unhealthy treat that looks way too delicious to pass up! So, I always know that around now is the time to pump up my intake of greens, lean proteins, and fruits. I've been trying to hop back onto the smoothie train, but when it's chillier out it's hard for me to want to sip a cold drink in the morning (or really at all during the day), and that's where I usually sneak in a good bit of greens. So, I started digging around for some other way to get some greens in, and voila! I stumbled upon Kristin Cavallari's Green Banana Muffin recipe. 

Yes, this recipe is from the Kristin Cavallari that appeared on Laguna Beach. Kind of funny, right? She actually has a new cookbook coming out sometime soon called True Roots, I believe. So, if you try out this recipe and like it, be on the lookout for the release of that book! Now, let's get into the recipe.

The ingredients you'll need are...

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 bag (6 oz) baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup real maple syrup (no Log Cabin or anything with added sugar)
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 flax egg**
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 small or 2 large bananas)
spelt-flour-muffins

If you've never heard of spelt flour, it's a healthy ancient grain that can be used as a flour substitute. Spelt flour has TRIPLE the amount of fiber than white flour, and to be honest I don't think it tastes different - at least not in this recipe. I found mine at Target!

Also, to make your flax egg you're going to combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water. You'll let those two hang out in a bowl for about ten minutes, or until it becomes a gooey consistency. I'd never heard of a flax egg before this recipe, but the consistency of it does serve the purpose of a regular egg! 

Let's talk about how you'll make your green muffins...

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin cups with paper liners. 

2. In a large bowl, go ahead and sift together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a food processor or blender (I used my trusty Vitamix), combine the spinach, maple syrup, almond milk, flax egg, applesauce, and vanilla and blend it until completely pureed. 

3. Add the wet ingredients and the mashed banana to your dry ingredients and stir until it's well combined. 

4. Fill each of your muffin cups about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let your muffins cool for about ten minutes, and then enjoy!

green-muffins

Don't let the color of these muffins (or the amount of spinach) scare you off! I swear that these muffins are tasty, and you taste the banana flavor, not the spinach. You just get the added bonus of getting in some greens in a yummy muffin! I think next time I'll even add some walnuts or dark chocolate chips to the recipe, which would add to the flavor and consistency even more. Yum!

Let me know if you guys try out this recipe, I'd love to hear from you! 

Happy Baking :)

Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipe

Hello there, friends! I hope that your Monday went wonderfully. It's hard to believe it's already December 5th - only twenty days until Christmas! With Christmas right around the corner, we know that we're going to be around loads of cookies and other treats as well. I really wanted to find a healthy cookie recipe that I could make for Christmas so I wouldn't feel like I only had unhealthy options. So, if you'd like to have a healthy treat on your cookie platter at Christmas that's extremely delicious, keep on reading!

oatmeal-cookies

These chewy cookies from Amy's Health Baking are the perfect sweet treat for the holiday season. The rich dark chocolate balances out the the tart cranberries, with a dash of cozy cinnamon flavor. These yummy cookies will stay fresh for at least four days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 

For this recipe you're going to need:

  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped dark chocolate

Once you have all of your ingredients you'll follow these directions:

1. Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. 

oatmeal-cookies-step-1

2. In a different bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the maple syrup. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. 

3. Fold in the cranberries and 2 1/2 tablespoons of the chopped dark chocolate. Chill the cookie dough for thirty minutes. 

4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up! 

5. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten to desired thickness and width using a spatula. Gently press remaining chopped dark chocolate into the tops. Bake for 9-12 minutes. 

oatmeal-cookies-baking-sheet

6. Cool on the pan for ten minutes before moving to a wire rack. 

oatmeal-cookies-baked

Once the cookies have cooled off, go ahead and dig in! Believe me, you're not going to believe that these cookies are actually healthy :) My family already wants me to make more! 

oatmeal-cookies-done

Happy holiday baking!

Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn: The Perfect Holiday Movie Snack

Hey, friends! I hope your Monday was a good one. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday?! The holiday season has really snuck up on us! 

I've been watching WAY too many Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel recently. I absolutely love cheesy Christmas movies where everything turns out the way it's supposed to be. It makes me smile! It's the simple things, right? 

With all of the Christmas movies we'll all be watching from now until Christmas day, it's nice to have a healthy movie snack to munch on! Popcorn is high in fiber and low in calories, making it the perfect choice. You can eat a pretty good amount of popcorn without "breaking the calorie bank" so it's great for munching on throughout those long Christmas movies. Don't get me wrong, if you're buying the pre-made popcorn packets that are filled with butter and sodium, you're not doing yourself any favors in terms of your health. BUT making homemade popcorn is seriously SO easy and you're able to control exactly how much of each topping you put on. 

With that being said, I've experimented a little bit with some popcorn recipes, and I think I found the PERFECT combination... 

Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn

popcorn-recipe

The recipe for Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn is so simple, but it's so dang tasty! You'll be craving this all throughout the holiday season and well after it ends. You most likely already have the ingredients you need in your kitchen. 

The Ingredients:

popcorn-ingredients
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels 
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil 
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan 

The Directions:

  1. Combine the rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and parmesan into a blender or food processor.

  2. Blend on high for a few seconds until large chunks are made into a powder consistency. 

  3. Put warm popcorn into a paper bag (the large lunch bags work well). 

  4. Drizzle melted coconut oil over popcorn. 

  5. Close the bag and shake to distribute the oil.

  6. Sprinkle the popcorn seasoning over the popcorn. 

  7. Close the bag and shake to evenly coat the popcorn.

  8. Pour into a large popcorn bowl and enjoy! 

popcorn-grab

If you don't already have a popcorn maker, I use THIS ONE and absolutely love it. It's so easy to work with, and I've had it for about two years and it still works great. It'd be a great Christmas gift for the foodie in your life :) 

I hope you'll give this recipe a try! Enjoy!

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Hey there, friends! Happy Monday! I hope that your weekend was the perfect combination of fun and relaxing. I got caught up on some blog work this weekend, and also went bridesmaid dress shopping with my sister and mom on Sunday. It was a good weekend! 

I'm stopping by on this fine Monday morning with a recipe for a breakfast bar that might make weekday mornings a whole lot better and less hectic! 

baked-oatmeal-bars

These Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bars are easy to make and one batch will last you for the entire work week. They're just sweet enough, and they're a wholesome choice for breakfast. Heat one up in the morning and top with maple syrup and I'm sure you'll have a smile on your face!

Have I sold you on these yet? They're good, guys! If you're not a blueberry fan I think that cut up apples would be delicious. Also, for some reason my blueberries kind of look like chocolate chips in the pictures, which would also be oh-so-delicious, but not as healthy :) 

I made a batch of these last night, and I'm looking forward to enjoying them all week long. I don't know about you guys, but once the cold mornings set in I have trouble drinking my typical smoothie. I want something warm, and I get bored with my usual bowl of oatmeal. So, I figured why not try some oatmeal bars?! Thanks to Crazy For Crust for this delicious recipe! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used Trader Joe's frozen blueberries) 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 11x7 or 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk eggs, applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Stir in oats and milk. Gently fold in your blueberries. Spread into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 28-34 minutes, or until oatmeal is browned and not jiggly in the center. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with syrup, fruit, and/or vanilla yogurt. 
baked-blueberry-oatmeal-bars

This recipe is SO easy to make, and the perfect breakfast to heat up on the colder fall/winter mornings. It will only take you about ten minutes to make, so, if you have some extra time one night this week whip yourself up a batch! If you do, let me know what you think :) 

Happy Monday!