It was then that I realized that this really is much better for your body, and even if you don't lose a TON of weight, it is definitely better in helping you curb cravings. . . (did you know, that eating sugar/butter makes you CRAVE more of it?) I mean, it is not rocket science. Anyone who has a love of sugar and butter like myself will tell you that eating some only makes you want more. HOWEVER, once you have it cleaned out of your system a bit. . it does really nasty things to you like it did to me yesterday. Oy.
Anywho. I posted a BUNCH of recipes on my food blog yesterday.(Not all of them are healthy!:) ONE of which is a recipe I cooked this week. ASIAN CHICKEN WRAPS . Again, I am mainly staying on this plan for breakfast and lunch, and at dinner, I am trying to make 'normal' family meals, but I am amping them up on the veggie side of things. Everyone but Kaylie at the Chicken wraps, and I added more mushrooms, cabbage and I added carrots to the recipe to amp up the veggies. It was great! Very yumo.
I also made a meatball recipe that I found in an Everyday Food Magazine. It is in the current issue, and it is called Sriracha Marinara and Meatballs. I deviated from the recipe quite a bit. Actually, I just made my standard spaghetti sauce that I make for my family (no recipe, just a bit of this and a bit of that) and I added a red bell pepper, zucchini, minced to my sauce to make it more veggie intense.
Then I made the meatballs, but the recipe called for 1 lb. ground pork, and 1 lb ground turkey. I was great with the turkey, but rather then get the pork I took a can of chick peas and ground them up in the food processor. Then, I added a piece of garlic, and instead of the bread crumbs for normal meatballs, I used some left over Quinoa that I had. The kids never knew the difference. Seriously.
So, here is the meatball recipe that I ended up putting together.
1 lb. Turkey
1 can chick peas
2 gloves garlic
1 cup cooked Quinoa
2 packages frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
2 large egg whites
3/4 tsp. oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Add chick peas, garlic and quinoa in a food processor and pulse into a meal. Add mixture to turkey and egg whites and spices and mix well. Form into balls, and broil until golden brown. 10 Minutes, rotating sheet halfway through.
There you go! Throw those meatballs in your sauce and you have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner! I have found a great whole wheat pasta at Costco that I use regularly for dinner, and I ate my sauce and meatballs over farro. (From Costco too!)
The recipe made tons of meatballs and so I am planning on roasting some veggies this afternoon and making a salad kinda like this one. Super delicious. Enjoy!