Thursday, September 4, 2014

One Recipe, Endless Possibilities

It's important to me, as someone who is trying to lose weight and someone who wants to help others, that I find healthy recipes that are DELICIOUS! The 21 Day Fix has been extremely helpful for me to have lost 25 pounds so far, and I've been able to do that because I get to eat REAL food and YUMMY food! So I continuously search for, find, and modify recipes to make everything I eat mouth watering. 

Thanks to Martha Stewart, I have found a great recipe that has endless possibilities to modify into several different meals. I made these Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs on Monday night and I've already had them in two different lunches at work!

Lunch 1: I mixed them with some brown rice and sauteed bell peppers and onions to make a great, balanced lunch. 
1.5 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Spoon 

Lunch 2: I crumbled them into a whole wheat tortilla with some cheese to make a quesadilla
1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Yellow, 1/2 Spoon
*I added a side of green beans and sauteed mushrooms to get my Greens in and make sure it was balanced!

So, here it is. Enjoy! (Thanks, Martha!)

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
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  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1-2 tbsp. chopped chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (depending on spice level you prefer)
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix turkey, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Do not overmix. 
  3. Form into meatballs
  4. In a small bowl, stir together honey, chipotle peppers, and vinegar
  5. In a large, oven-proof skillet, heat olive oil and add meatballs to brown on all sides. This should take about 10-12 minutes
  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for about 5 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and pour the honey mixture over the top of the meatballs. Swirl them around in the pan so they are coated with yummy goodness. 
  8. Put back in oven for another 5 minutes. 
  9. Remove and enjoy any way you'd like! But don't forget to mash them into a red container to measure! I formed the meatballs about quarter size and found that I could fit about 4 in a red container.