Appetizers

Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Appetizers, Cooking, Dinner, Featured, For kids, Meat, Pasta

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These little guys are so full of flavor and so easy to make!  Not to mention they are healthier than your average meatball, using ground turkey meat and spinach.  Plus they bake up in under 15 minutes, not bad!  Perfect as an appetizer served with marinara for dipping, over a big plate of spaghetti, or in a meatball sandwich.   Try them for dinner this week!!

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Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

(Makes 34-46 mini meatballs)

1.25 lbs ground turkey

1 egg

2 tablespoons of milk

1 cup of chopped frozen spinach, thawed

1/2 cup of Italian style breadcrumbs

1/3-1/2 cup of Italian blend shredded cheese (or you can just use shredded mozzarella or parmesan)

1 teaspoon of sea salt

few dashes of pepper

few dashes of garlic salt

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir until just combined.  Do not over mix or your meatballs may be tough!

Use a tablespoon sized scoop and place meatballs on prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve immediately.  How easy is that???

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Simple Guacamole

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in Appetizers, Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Veggies

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Freshly made guacamole is one of those things I could eat everyday.  I love it with pretty much any kind of mexican food, on sandwiches, with an omelet, or even just with tortilla chips!  This recipe is about as easy as it gets, and its simplicity really lets the avocados shine!

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Simple Guacamole

(serves about 4)

2 avocados

2 tablespoons of nonfat sour cream

salt, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper to taste

about 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

Mash the avocados, sour cream, and seasonings until smooth, then add tomatoes.  Eat!

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Almond Meal Chicken Bites

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in Appetizers, Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Featured, For kids

 

This is one of those recipes that I make about once a week and is easily adaptable to different tastes.  You can easily add different seasonings to change the flavor for different meals.  These are baked vs fried and are a much healthier choice for your kids (and yourself!) than the drive thru.  Not to mention they take less than a half hour to make.  Give them a try this week!
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Almond Meal Chicken Tenders

(about 4 servings)

1 pound of chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

salt/pepper, season salt, garlic salt, etc–add whatever seasonings you’d like (about a teaspoon)

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  I set up a little assembly line with the chicken bites, a bowl with the beaten eggs, the almond meal mixture, and then the cookie sheet.  Dip your chicken bites into the egg then coat completely with the almond meal mixture.  Place on cookie sheet and continue with remaining chicken.  Bake about 12 minutes or until there is no pink when you cut one open.  Serve immediately.

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