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Italian Turkey Meatballs

It’s the middle of August already. Time really goes faster regardless of a global pandemic, and with an infant now it’s like every month whizzes by in the blink of an eye (no, I didn’t intend on rhyming). Sundays have become a day of meal prep for the week, as both my husband and I are now working from home, it’s way easier to have meals almost fully prepped for the week so we don’t have to wait until practically 9pm to eat. We tend to take care of Rowen before we eat but now that he’s sleeping a bit later, we’re eating earlier and he hangs with us. This baby boy is going to be so spoiled with homemade foods when he turns 6 months next month!

Back to the purpose of this blogpost: meatballs. These aren’t a staple in my home, but I love when I make them. This time around, I opted for a lighter version and used ground turkey meat. The usual ingredients are in them too such as Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and an egg. I also throw in dried herbs like oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. I like making my own marinara sauce, but Rao’s or Jovial foods makes a delicious sauce with very clean ingredients so sometimes keeping it simple is best.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried basil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

Preheat your oven to 400*. The beauty of meatballs: everything goes into the bowl at the same time! Mix the egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, seasonings, minced garlic, Worcestershire, and ground turkey together in a bowl until fully combined. The balls should be sticky but form a solid circle a little smaller than the size of your palm. This mixture should form 12-13 meatballs.

Spray some non-stick oil spray onto a tinfoil-lined baking sheet. Place each meatball on the sheet with space in between. Bake for 20 minutes. In the meantime, begin to heat your marinara of choice (I do have a homemade marinara sauce recipe but will save that for another post) and once the meatballs are done baking, add them to the sauce and simmer for another 35-40 minutes. Serve with pasta, risotto, or my personal favorite: sliced and baked sweet potatoes (upcoming blog post!).

Chocolate Banana Muffin Bars

Can you believe we are already 11 days away from the end of May, and about to enter Summer? I can’t stand how time is flying right now and that our son is two months old. I remember writing recipes in October, basking in the second trimester glory, anticipating what the end result will be, and boy was it a journey (interested in my story? Here’s the link to my blog post).

This recipe was sitting in my notes on my phone for a very long time, probably since September last year, when I wrote it down while I was contemplating what to do with overripe bananas, because regardless of a pandemic or not, I always have at least two bananas that are about to RIP. Scrolling through my recipes I stumbled upon it again and as the ingredients are pretty simple, I decided that it’s about time I make it and see how it turns out – the result is AMAZING. Even my husband said they were good, and he is my biggest critic when it comes to cooking and baking.

These muffin bars are gluten free and made with Thrive Market cassava flour, calls for just one cup of sugar (both coconut and cane), two ripe bananas, and one of my favorite chocolates from Hu Kitchen. What I love about this recipe is that the bars came out so fluffy with a perfectly golden bottom, each bite has a delicate flavor of banana, and the chocolate literally came oozing out. This recipe yields approximately 12 smaller bars, but that depends on how you slice it 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (you could sub almond or oat milk too)
  • Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Cassava Flour
    • You can find my favorite cassava flour on Thrive Market –> hit the banner to the right and it’ll bring you there!
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
    • (I do recommend Hu Kitchen because they are a paleo-friendly and “back to human” style eatery located in NYC but you can find their products here. I LOVE their crackers too!

Preheat your oven to 375* and pre-grease a 9×9″ brownie or baking tin. Begin by adding the wet ingredients into a bowl (eggs, bananas, vanilla, sugars, and milk). Blend to combine. Then layer in the dry ingredients – I like to pour the flour in a bit at a time so that it doesn’t fly everywhere. Mix to combine until smooth, there will be some chunks because of the banana.

Add in the 1/2 cup of chocolate (I coat the chocolate with some flour so that it does not sink to the bottom) and fold in with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon. Pour into the tin and bake for 20-23 minutes. Let sit and spread on some almond butter, a dollop of whipped cream, or eat them all in one sitting with a cup of coffee and Bravo Below Deck marathon… no judgment. Stay safe friends!