Two Recipes for Tasty Tuesday

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Turkey MeatballsI had a crazy busy day yesterday on my day off. I went to a power yoga class, ran errands, and got all my grocery shopping done. I went a little crazy in the veggie section. I didn’t realize just how crazy until I got home and had to cram it all into my fridge. I’ve got some eating to do!

While I was at Sam’s Club, I saw carts full of fat free this, low fat that, frozen diet dinners out the ying yang. My cart was full of ground turkey, tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, and fresh stuff. I wanted to tell everyone that right here in my cart was the magic secret they were looking for.

Instead I decided to share with you. I wanted to pass on some tricks and tips that I use when cooking throughout the week. I try to cook just a few times and make batches large enough that I can reuse with different flavors. I like my recipes to be multi-purpose if possible. This week I made a bunch of ground turkey meatballs.

Meatballs are versatile and you can eat them in a ton of dishes. Use them over pasta or spaghetti squash for an Italian style dinner, in meatball subs with cheese for the kids, in stir fry with red curry paste and veggies for a Asian flair. You can even dip them in some kind of BBQ sauce or top with some kind of salsa and cilantro. They reheat very well and can even be frozen for another week.

Turkey Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground turkey (93/7)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp galangal (or you can use ginger instead)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Roll into 2 inch meatballs and place in a baking pan. Trick: Use an ice cream scoop to make equal sized meatballs so they cook evenly. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 30 – 35 minutes or until cooked through. Makes about 18 meatballs.

Galangal is a Thai spice that works really well with turkey or chicken. If you don’t have that spice, you can substitute ginger or eliminate it all together. Here’s a quick dipping sauce if you want an Asian theme. Dip your meatballs, dip veggies, dip potstickers, use in stir fry, use for a salad dressing. Told you I love multi-purpose ideas. 😉

Asian Dipping Sauce

  • 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 chopped fresh scallion (white and green parts)

Mix all ingredients and dip meatballs in sauce. Enjoy!

What are some flexible recipes you use? Have you ever tried galangal?

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