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cheated a little on my diet this week needed to buckle down on my food intake and give up couscous like a bad habit, I wanted to try something more protein packed and less carb loady. Dinnerella came through like always!
- ground turkey, 1 lb
- green onions, 1 bunch, trimmed
- (sweet) potatoes, 2, cut in wedges
- zucchini, 2 small
- broccoli, 2 cup florets
- mushrooms, 8 oz, stemmed
- fresh parsley, ½ bunch, chopped
- garlic, 4 cloves, minced
- egg, 1
- Parmesan cheese, ½ cup
- quinoa, 1 cup
- bread, 2 slices, finely chopped in foodprocessor, yield ½ cup breadcrumbs (y’all know I didn’t food processor my crumbs and used the canned kind)
- curry powder, 1 tsp
- olive oil, 4 tbsp
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425ºF
Step 2: Rinse quinoa under running cold water. Heat a medium saucepan and add the quinoa. Cook on medium, until it starts to toast. Add 1.5 cups water, 1 tablespoon curry powder and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Bring to boil, cover and simmer 15 minutes, turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
Step 3: In a large bowl toss the sweet potatoes, broccoli and zucchini with 2 tbsp olive oil and half of the minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large baking sheet, cover with foil and place in oven for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Toss the green onions (save 2 for later) and mushrooms in same bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Step 5: After 10 minutes, remove foil and turn vegetables. Add the mushrooms and place back in the oven for 7-10 minutes.
Step 6: In the meantime chop the remaining green onions and mix with the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, remaining garlic, half of the parsley and ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Mix in with 1 tbsp water and 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese. Shape into small meatballs.
Step 7: Coat a skillet with some olive oil and heat over medium heat.
Step 8: Brown the meatballs and cook for an additional 5 -6 minutes until cooked through.
Step 9: Serve the meatballs with the vegetables and more Parmesan on the side. Sprinkle generously with the remaining parsley.
Week 4 Healthy Recipes of the Week:
Monday: We are eating at Mimi’s house because school is out, but you can try this: Chili Dogs with Coriander Salsa. Just know that if you’re on Medifast or really any other diet on the planet, you should maybe skip it (or use a turkey sausage and chicken chili and low fat cheese, all of which will alter the flavor explosion). I stared at the photo for an entire figure skating routine (I was watching the US Championship when I wrote this post, and some of the girls, sigh, so sad).
Tuesday: Asian Salmon in foil. Served with brown fried rice and roasted broccoli on the side.
Wednesday: One pot Mexican Quinoa. Note from a seasoned cooker of Mexican food married to a real life Mexican person: quinoa is not found in any of mama’s homemade meals, but it will do in a I-need-to-lose-this-7-year-old-baby-belly-and-also-eat-cheese moment.
Thursday: Turkey burgers. I buy everything in bulk which means I have plenty of ground turkey laying around. Might as well use it before I have to freeze it.
Friday: Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs. Made on my stovetop grill (because I’m not hauling my BBQ out in the snow) to celebrate Friday (something about food on a stick just screams party).
Saturday: Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup. Although, if we get this snow we’re expecting earlier in the week I might need to mix things up a bit. (To tone down the calories, I got the less fat Cajun style chicken sausage).
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