mama’s meatballs

not sure what’s happening with this here blog but until i figure it out, here’s another recipe for you. it’s a real winner, i promise. my 5yo says, “mama’s meatballs are awesome!” and for a 5yo and her 39yo daddy to want to eat them is saying something. it’s a winner. that’s what it’s saying. you’re welcome.

mamasmeatloaforiginally these were referred to as mini turkey meatloaf because that’s really what they are since i make them in a muffin tin. but to get the kid to maybe try a bite, i called them “mama’s meatballs” and gave her a side of ketchup. she devoured it, and, like i indicated above, she says they’re awesome.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 container extra lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 large zucchini (or more), shredded
  • 2 cups Kale (or more), chopped
  • 1-2 cups herb seasoning stuffing (or a box of stove top would work too)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbspn paprika
  • 1 tbspn parsley

DIRECTIONS

  • mix everything in a big bowl
  • spray a muffin tin with cooking spray
  • gather a handful of the mixture and make a ball of sorts to fit into muffin tins (12)
  • bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes

these smell amazing prior to baking and after. and they taste… wow. they really taste so freaking good.

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banana mmmuffins

these little guys are quite tasty and low calorie, not to mention quick to whip up:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (next time I’ll do 1/2 cup wheat flour, 1/2 cup oatmeal)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (next time bump up this amount and decrease flour)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (3.5-4 large bananas)
  • 1/4 cup splenda (will probably eliminate next time)
  • 3 tablespoon egg whites (you can use one large egg but that’s more calories)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats with a whisk.
  • In another, larger bowl mash bananas really well along with splenda, egg whites, vanilla, applesauce.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to banana mixture.
  • Scoop mixture into muffin tins (should make 12 muffins).
  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes/toothpick comes out clean.

NOTES:

I found these to be too sweet, but I’ve pretty much cut out added sugar from my diet. Next time, I will eliminate the splenda and possibly add a sprinkle of brown sugar on top before baking. Of course you could use regular sugar if that’s your jam.

I added the oats at the end when it dawned on me that I was originally wanting to make banana oatmeal muffins. Next time I make these, they will be done with 1/2 cup wheat flour, 1/2 cup oatmeal.

Before baking, I added mini chocolate chips to the tops of 6 of the muffins. With or without the chocolate, they are super sweet (hence wanting to eliminate the splenda next time). These would be awesome with some nuts, too.

12 muffins as followed calculate (on MyFitnessPal) out to 65 calories a muffin.

candied almonds

candied almonds after.

The holidays are upon us. Years past I’ve always made Christmas Crack and while the recipe makes a lot (I like to give something edible and yummy as little gifts) and is damn freaking tasty, it’s also kind of a pain to make. And, having lost 50 pounds recently, I just didn’t want the temptation so I searched for something easier- but just as yummy as a treat- and came across Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds on Pinterest.

Wow.

These are seriously so freaking delicious. And easy. And delicious. And they smell amazing. And they’re delicious! I read different recipes (which were all the same) and comments and kind of did my own thing, which is why I’m calling them Candied Almonds and posting my own recipe.

Ready for something fantastic and easy and oh so delicious that will make your house smell so incredible?

In a bowl, combine 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 Tablespoon cinnamon (I only had like 1 Tablespoon so I also added some Nutmeg) and mix. In another, larger bowl beat one egg white and 2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract until nice and frothy. Then add your almonds to this and make sure to stir and coat every almond with the froth. Once that’s done, add your sugar mixture and mix mix mix mix mix.

candied almonds before

 

Then spray a crockpot with cooking spray, dump the almonds inside, cover, and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring every 20 minutes or so. About an hour before time is up, add a little water (I added some water to my cinnamon jar to get all the cinnamon I could since I was too lazy to go to the store on the Sunday before Thanksgiving for cinnamon) and stir stir stir. And keep checking on it and stirring it until most of the liquid dissipates.

When that happens, after about 3-4 hours total, dump mixture onto parchment paper and, with clean hands, separate almonds or they will stay clumped together. Let sit and cool for HOURS. Then you can jar up (the remainder- because let’s be honest, you’re going to be eating a LOT of this in the process… you know… to test it out and ensure it all tastes the way it should) and give someone a gift of these fantastic yummies!

candied almonds after 1.