It is the most wonderful time of the year - feasting time! And this whole holiday thing of course is pretty rad. My dental hygienist told me this week she loves the chaos surrounding the holidays. That she thrives in it and she feels it is all part of the holiday season. The crazy stores, the rush to wrap and send gifts, the holiday everythinggggg. I'm a little fascinated by this notion. I thrive in the chaos of my work-life being crazy, fast paced, and unpredictable, but to have that in my outside of real-life - ugh, no thank you. That life is all about trying to introvert and calming the frick down time. It is a super hard thing to do among the chaos of everything else, but I try really hard during this time year. It is truly about balance this time of year for me. Balancing the sweets and the salads. Balancing the workouts and holiday parties. Balancing the holiday movies and...wait no need to balance that! All Christmas movies all the time please! What are you doing to stay all zen during this crunch week?
And I'm sure you have a pot luck or two this week at work yes? Or a holiday party you need to bring something to? I have to tell you, when I have a potluck in my office, I always make food I know I'll eat. Because I never know what everyone else is eating. What is there is an abundance of chips and salsa or the table is overflowing with desserts? Which might not sound terrible, but when this is my lunch for the day, I want to make sure it is something that is going to sustain me and not make me crash at 3PM. Because seriously that is the worst feeling evvva. Don't get me wrong - give me all the chips and salsa along with that chocolate, but I'm just looking for some...wait for it....balance. The word of the week!
I've made these meatballs several times and they are always a solid hit and I don't feel terrible about eating them. I use one bowl to help eliminate dishes and I feel like they take a small commitment of time, but they are worth it in the end. I always double the batch for leftovers. Serve them with a side of roasted cranberry sauce or store bought cranberry chutney!
Holiday Turkey Meatballs
- 1/3 cup slivered almond, toasted
- 1 pound ground lean turkey
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs, soaked in 1 ounce milk
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/3 cup packed arugula, chopped
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
In a small pan over medium heat, toast the almond slivers until they are lightly browned. In a large mixing bowl, add the breadcrumbs and milk together, let that soak for about a minute until everything is absorbed. Add all the rest of the ingredients and everything is combined, using your hands if needed, but try not to over mix. Cover and chill in the fridge for about an hour to an hour and a half. (this makes it easier to scoop and keep there shape when cooking. I've even mixed the meat in the evening and made these in the morning). Heat the oven for 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of meat and shape into a ball and place on the cookie sheet spreading them out evenly about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are browned and reach an internal temp of 165. Serve with roasted cranberry sauce or store bought chutney.
Cheers to balance and this crazy week ahead of us!