Monthly Archives: August 2013

Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

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Paleo Turkey Meatballs

Our quest for clean eating has continued into the week. I am so proud of my husband for eating so many fruits and veggies! I am even more proud of my in-laws for trying the meal that we made tonight. Yay! Woo hoo! We are making the entire family more healthy even it is just for one meal.

The best part about these meatballs is that they can be made ahead of time and thrown in the fridge or freezer for a later meal. Oh, and they are healthy and taste pretty darn good.

Meatball Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey (we used 99% fat free)

1 whole egg

1/2 an onion

10 spinach leaves chopped

1-2 tbs fresh parsley

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

Fresh ground pepper to taste

How to make these meatballs!
1. Preheat oven to 375/

2. Beat the egg in the bowl.

3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix ’em good.

4. Spoon out in equal portions onto a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil or parchment paper. (I used an ice cream scooper to help me with this.)

Paleo Turkey Meatballs5. Bake them at 375 for 10 minutes. Then turn them, and bake them another 10 minutes. So a total of 20 minutes. When they are done they should look similar to this.

Paleo Turkey MeatballsYou can use them fresh or save them for later, this time, we saved ours for later.

 

Squash Ingredients

1/2 large spaghetti squash, cooked and stringed to look like spaghetti

4 tbs olive oil

1 small onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped

1 C spinach chopped

1/4-1/2 cup of chicken broth

2 tbs dried basil leaves (could use chopped fresh but we didn’t have)

Black pepper to taste

How to make this squash stuff

1. Heat olive oil in sauce pan.

2. Over medium/high heat cook onion 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

3. Add garlic and continue cooking about 5 more minutes.

4. Add in spinach and cook until wilted.

5. Add chicken broth and spices, let simmer about 5 minutes.

6. Add spaghetti squash and stir to distribute sauce evenly.

7. To serve top with meatballs.

For our more picky eaters we served the other half of the spaghetti squash with canned red sauce. And…they actually said that it was “really good”. Mission accomplished!

 

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

 

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Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Zucchini

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The P.E. teacher at work had shown me a picture of a similar recipe Friday after school, and I thought “OH, I could totally get my family to eat that!” And so, here is this recipe.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with ZucchiniIngredients:

1-1.5 lbs thin sliced chicken breasts

1 small zucchini

1 package of bacon (you won’t use it all)

Salt free spice (like Mrs. Dash)

Ground Black Pepper

What you do:

1. Preheat oven to 425. Cut zucchini into thin french fry like sticks. For me the easiest way to do this was cut the zucchini in half the “short way”, then cut each of those halves in quarters, so you have 8 pieces. Then cut them like fries!

zucchini sticks2. Spread out one piece of chicken. Season the side that will be on the inside of the roll-up with salt-free seasoning. Lay 5-6 zucchini sticks on one end of the chicken and roll it on up.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Zucchini3. Then, wrap a piece of bacon around that, and place on a baking sheet.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Zucchini4. Grind pepper on top of roll-ups.

paleo bacon wrapped chicken with zucchini5. Bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your rolls (hahaha). Remove and enjoy! We cut into one of ours to be sure that it was cooked all the way.

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Zucchini

 

We served it with fresh green beans. Oh and everyone loved it! My father-in-law only ate the ones without the zucchini though.

Eating Clean

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Counting points has become quite boring and inconvenient for me. I know that Weight Watcher’s works, but the monthly cost as well as my struggle to keep the weight off that I had initially lost has proven to me that I need to try something different.

 

Although this is likely one of the worst times for my husband and I to start focusing our attention on eating healthy, it is also one of the best times. Wait a second, is there ever a bad time to start eating healthy? Well here is why I say it is probably not the BEST thing we could be doing right now.

 

– We are in the process of buying a house. There are lots of transitions going on. We don’t have any of our stuff, including cooking supplies.

– We are on a tight budget.

-We are living with my in-laws. Love them dearly, but enough said!

 

Now, at the same time it is also the best time for us to start something like this!

-We just moved, we are starting fresh

-We are both bigger than we would like to be and willing to make changes

-My new job is awesome, super supportive and even has a wellness challenge that we started

– We would like to start a family sometime in the near future.

 

Our game plan is simple. Eat healthy, eat clean, no processed foods. What it is seemingly like to me, is a gluten-free, dairy-free, diet, very similar to Paleo. We are striving to eat 5-6 small meals each day. Each meal should consist of a lean protein, a healthy fat, and a healthy carb, which is usually a fruit or veggie. We will use the myfitnesspal app. on occasion to track our progress. Wish us luck!