Good morning! It looks like it is going to be a beautiful sunny and maybe even warm day here, which puts a smile on my face. We have had some wonderful rainy and cloudy days lately (and I love rainy cloudy days), but after grey days there is nothing so beautiful as a clear blue sky. Guess what else? Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday. It must be hard having a birthday so close to Mother’s Day (as a mom) because they can get lumped into one celebration instead of two (especially the years they land on the same day). I like to think of it as we now have the opportunity to celebrate what an incredible woman she is all week long. She is an amazing example of selflessness and quiet service. She is constantly giving to her family, friends and community. I hope I can take on some of her qualities and instill them into my own little family. We had another appointment to listen to our sweet one’s heartbeat yesterday. They are brief visits, but they fill me with joy. I just love hearing that fast little heartbeat. I am happy to say that so far mom and baby and right on track and doing great:-) We have an even more exciting appointment in the near future and I am practically bursting with excitement as the countdown to our ultrasound gets smaller and smaller. (It’s so close!!… and yes we will share the news after I have calmed down a bit.) Yesterday was a pretty great day- busy, but extremely productive. I absolutely love productive days. I love seeing the large dent in my to do list. It feels so great crossing things off. In fact I think half the reason I actually make a to do list is for the joy of crossing items off. That is also why I include simple things like eating and showering on my list:-) Well as part of that day I did some cooking. I do that from time to time:-) but that recipe is for tomorrow so you will just have to wait. Our recipe today is one I made last week. The beauty of these meatballs is they can be a snack or a meal. If you want to use them as a snack I would suggest making them ahead of time so they are ready whenever you need them. They aren’t difficult to prepare, but snacks are most appreciated when you don’t have to do much work in the moment, right? To make these little meatballs you will put your food processor to good use as in grates your carrots, onions, garlic and herbs together. If you don’t have a food processor then an actual grater will do the trick — it will just take longer. Once those ingredients are grated you can mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, form balls and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. When using them as a snack we eat each meatball over a cucumber slice. This is definitely not necessary, you could eat the meatballs alone, but the cucumber adds a degree of finesse and cucumbers are always a wonderful addition to your diet:-) If you want to turn your meatballs into a meal there are a number of options out there and you can enjoy creating a fun dinner for you and your family.
3 small carrots
1 small onion
1 T dried parsley
1 T minced garlic
½ C fresh basil
1 lb ground turkey
¾ t salt *
½ t pepper
½ C almond flour
- Heat oven to 350 F. Place carrots, onion, parsley, garlic and basil in food processor and mix until finely chopped or grated.
- In a bowl mix together turkey, food processor contents, salt, pepper, eggs and almond flour.
- Shape turkey into balls and place on lightly oiled pan (I covered mine in tinfoil first). Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- For snack place a few on cucumber slices and munch away. We saved the leftover meatballs for a nice dinner the next day:-)
* It might need more salt, but you can’t taste test raw meat so you might have to add some salt and/or pepper to your cooked meatballs. The amount of meatballs the recipe yields depends on how big they are. I ended up with 23- a nice even number:-)