If you saw the last post, January has been all about finding a healthy routine and getting back to looking and feeling good. Check out the original post here. This means a whole lot of yoga, cardio, and Whole30 eating (at least for right now). I haven't quite figured out what I am going to do food-wise once the 30 days are over ... but for now I am being strict and sticking to the rules!
One item that is a staple for me is turkey in any format. And ground turkey in particular. It is perfect for so many different things. I go through a lot of ground turkey ... thanks Costco.
I also really like meatballs. I like to make a big batch and then eat them cold. Quick protein for those lunches and dinners in a rush. Problem is that a lot of the pre-made meatballs are high calorie with a lot of unnecessary "stuff" in it. And Costco doesn't sell turkey meatballs. So, last week I made my own homemade turkey meatballs from scratch for the first time - yay! They were pretty good, if a little bland. And they really served their purpose over the busy week.
This week I decided to step up my game when I pinned this recipe for Oven Baked Italian Meatballs with Marina Sauce from Tea & Biscuits. It seemed like a pretty easy recipe, so I tweaked it a little bit to work for me (replaced the pork/beef with ground turkey and added onion). I can't say the marinara sauce turned out perfect, but it was OK and I think I learned my lesson for next time.
BAKED TURKEY MEATBALLS (inspired by the recipe on Tea & Biscuits)
1 package of Costco ground turkey (I think it's like 1.5 pounds or so)
1 medium yellow onion - chopped small
4-6 green onions - chopped small
28 oz Fire Roasted Tomatoes (I think this is where I went wrong; should have gotten crushed tomatoes)
1 yellow onion - chopped small
1 container mushrooms
1 tbsp oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix everything but the meat in a bowl and then add it to the meat. Mix some more.
Roll out into ... meatballs! (duh) I was able to get about 30 out of the quantities noted here.
Oven for 40ish minutes (I think I leave them longer than others do)
For the sauce, throw the onion into a pan to saute. Then I added some chopped mushrooms. Then the tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes. (Here is where I think I went wrong ... it was too chunky, so I put the mixture through the food processor, which maybe wasn't the best idea).
I also like to throw the meatballs into a pan to "crisp" a little bit on the stove top after they are done cooking in the oven ... just to have a bit of a nice shell.