Friday, February 27, 2015

Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

TGIF for realz y'all. This week has been long and - news flash - COLD. And rainy. I know I've said it innumerable times, but I really hate winter. I truly believe I would die, or never leave the house during winter, if I lived in a northern state - or anywhere that it gets cold enough to snow all winter. I need to move to Florida, I think. It never really gets cold there. That will never happen, I'll live in Texas forever, but if it could just be 80 degrees year round I would be the happiest girl around.

Ok, ok. Enough winter weather whining.

Last night J surprised me. Our 2 year anniversary - and last "dating" anniversary - is on Sunday, and there is this awesome lighting system that I've been wanting for awhile, to combat the wretched darkness that sets in at 5:30 and takes all possibility of natural light photos with it. And guess what?? I am now the proud owner of said lighting system! Now to figure out how - and where - to set it up. But I'm super excited for all the great photos that are to come. And super thankful for a soon-to-be hubby who loves me and supports my blogging efforts!

Thai  Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

Now this dish here, has come to be one of our favorites. No joke, this is probably one of my most repeated dinners. I don't have many dinners that make regular appearances, but this is definitely one of them. It is SO good. And it's so healthy, to boot. My two favorite things...healthy and delicious! Oh, and purdy darn easy, too. 

Thai Turkey Meatballs

I'm not sure what it is about meatballs that is so appealing to me, but pretty much every variety that I see or hear about, I want to try. Of course, I want an amazing sauce (marinara not included) to go with them! And these turkey balls have that for sure! Andplusalso! You can sneak some veggies in for the kiddos or the stubborn hubby. They'll never know there's zucchini in those tasty little balls of meat. And the sauce is omgdelicousness!

Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
As seen on ifoodreal

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded & liquid squeezed out
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk, light (canned)
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Cooking spray 
  • Cilantro and basil, for garnish
For the Sauce
  • 1-1/2 cup coconut milk, light (canned)
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper chili flakes, or to taste

Preparation
  1. In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for meatballs (turkey through red pepper flakes) and mix thoroughly, by hand. Use a medium cookie scoop or you can eyeball it, to make approximately 28, 1-inch meatballs. Place on a large plate, platter, cutting board, etc. and set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together all the sauce ingredients.
  3. Preheat a large skillet over high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add meatballs, in batches if necessary, and cook until brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. 
  4. If you cooked in batches, add all the meatballs back into the pan and pour in the sauce. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered, to cook the meatballs through. 
  5. Serve over brown rice or other grain of choice. Top with extra sauce, green onions, and basil.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Oh, the elementary school days. I remember so much from those days, as I started my new life back in my home town. I remember being in the play Alice in Wonderland in 3rd grade. I didn't have a leading role, but was part of the chorus. We were all dressed in card costumes. You know, the Queen's army of cards? Yep, we were the chorus. I even wore that costume for Halloween one year after that. Ha! I wish I had a picture of that to share. 

Just imagine a bunch of eight year old kids standing on bleachers at the side of the stage dressed like this:

Playing Cards
Photo from MTI ShowSpace


I was obsessed with New Kids on the Block (NKOTB, wut wut!?!?), Joey in particular. My next door neighbor, and best friend, were always at each other's houses, playing Barbies usually. Wilson Phillips was another tape (yes, I said tape) that you would hear blaring from my room on a regular basis. Hold on for one more day? Ok, I will!

Photo from People.com
My parents got divorced when I was in 4th grade, and that's also the time when I started writing. I started writing a lot of short stories, then later poetry, and even a book! I'll get to that story in the middle school years. I've always had a love of writing, it's sort of my own personal therapy outlet. I do better with writing things down then I do saying them. So, naturally I'd turn to blogging later in my adult life, right?? 

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