Pumpkin Turkey Meatballs

I know I know, sounds crazy, but honestly, you don’t taste pumpkin, you do taste that your turkey is no longer dry, but nice and moist in texture thanks to the wholesome goodness of 100% pumpkin.  So tasty and so good for you too!

You need:

17 oz very lean ground turkey

1 egg, beaten

3.7oz pumpkin purée (about 1/2can)

1tbs green onions

1tbs ground flaxmeal

1tbs wheat germ

1tsp basil

1tsp oregano

1tsp crushed red pepper

1tsp black pepper

1tsp garlic/onion powder

1/8tsp ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients well in a large bowl until all spices are well incorporated and form into 17 balls. Then cooking them is up to you.  You can bake on parchment paper (350F for 30min), simmer in marinara sauce, or pan fry.  Serve with black bean noodles or spiralized zuccini or sweet potato noodles for a gluten free, healthy option. They pack really well just baked to take for lunches and even top on salads.

  Enjoy!

1 serving of 4 meatballs is approx:

118 calories

3fat

4carbs

29protein

2fiber
   
    

    
    
    
 

Decadent Baked Pears

These taste decadent and rich, but contain nothing but fruit, walnuts, and spices. No oil or animal products of any kind! Make for a fancy dessert served a la mode!
Simply:

Cut 4 pears in half and remove pits, cut thinly flat on bottoms so that they will sit flat with the core up

Set pears on a pan with parchement paper.

Then purée 2 ripe bananas and mix with

1/2tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/16 tsp cardamom
Stuff each pear half with 1 tsp each walnuts; drizzle in sauce, and bake at 350F for 25 minutes.

Serve with a dollop of cottage cheese, greek yogurt, frozen yogurt, or a drizzle of coconut cream.
I’m having one for breakfast with cottage cheese and powdered peanut butter 😀
Enjoy!!
   
    
    
    
    
 

Nom Nom Chicken Tenders

Dip these puppies in some organic ketchup and feel like a kid again 😀 Now that I’m cooking meat in order to meat my protein goals more easily, I’ve had to get creative with my chicken preparation. While I still hate handling raw meat, I’m getting pretty good at some easy yummy chicken recipes for the first time in my life. This is super duper easy and takes me back to comfort food eating back in Nashville. Just need to make a healthy tater tot recipe to go with 😀 These are gluten free.

 This one you need:
About 1.2lb chicken breast tenders

1 egg beaten (or equivalent in egg whites)

For breading simply mix nutritional yeast, cornmeal, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper
Take your tenders and one by one pat very dry. Then dip in egg whites shaking off any excess and drop into your dry breaking mix. Press firmly into seasoning mix and flip, pressing again firmly so all your crust adheres well to your chicken. Meanwhile preheat oven and spray your foil with coconut oil.

Place breaded tenders on pan and give them a spritz of oil on top for optimal crispy texture. 

Bake at 450F for about 15 minutes, depending on size of tenders. Enjoy! So good. Healthy food that only tastes like junk food 🙂

PS, if you can find this spiced Sir Kensignton ketchup, I highly recommend it with the tenders !!