Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs in Green Curry

Quick delicious meal in only 30 minutes!

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Recipe adapted from The Healthy Glow Co.

 

ingredients

meatballs:

1 pound ground chicken

1/4 c old fashioned oats, gluten free

1/4 c coconut flour

1 small sweet potato, grated

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 tbsp olive oil ( add more for frying)

 

curry sauce:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 (15 ounce can) coconut milk

1 small red onion, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1.5 zucchini, cut into cubes

1.5 c cauliflower

1.5 c snow peas

3 tbsp green curry paste

3.5 tbsp lime juice (1.5 limes)

salt to taste

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directions

  1. preheat oven to 375F
  2. in a large bowl, mix together all ingredients for the meatballs (except for olive oil)
  3. Heat a large, oven safe skillet over medium heat and add olive oil to the pan. Make balls, 1 inch in size with your hands. It works best of your hands are slightly moist with water. Place in skillet. Repeat.
  4. Brown meatballs for 4-5 minutes (they don’t need to be fully cooked.) Remove from heat. Set meatballs aside.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, mix coconut milk, curry paste, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  6. Heat olive oil in the same skilled you used for the meatballs. Add red onion, red pepper and snow peas. Saute veggies for 2 mins. Add coconut curry sauce to the pan. Bring to a boil.
  7. Add browned meatballs to the skillet so they are sitting in the curry mixture. Place in the oven and bake at 375F for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve on a bed of rice or spinach.

serves 6.

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Chicken Tacos

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Who doesn’t love a good taco?! These plantain shells are my new addiction! They add such great flavor!

These were super simple….

Plantain taco shell

Chicken

Red cabbage

Guacamole

Cherry tomatoes

Cilantro for garnish (and because I LOVE tons of it!)

What are your favorite taco toppings?

xo erin

Paleo Mayo

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{ homemade mayo } for those of you who don’t like mayo… You should give this a try! It’s seriously good and super easy to make!

Ingredients:

1 egg, room temperature

juice 1/2 lemon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp dried mustard

1 c avocado oil

Directions:

In a mason jar add all ingredients. Place your immersion blender in your jar all the way to the bottom and mix together and your ingredients will start to thicken. Blend for about 2 minutes.

* I make my mayo in a mason jar so you can just pop on the lid and stick it in the fridge, less mess, less dishes and there you have it!

xo erin

Plantain Taco Shells

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Plantain Taco adapted from Whole New Mom blog

Ingredients:

3 ripe plantains

1/2 c avocado oil

1.5 tsp hot sauce

1 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp onion salt

1/2 lime, juiced

Directions:

1. Pre heat oven to 300F

2. Combine all ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth.

3. On parchment lined baking sheet pour plantain mixture, spread it out with a spoon or spatula to what ever size shells you would like- I like to make smaller sized shells (around the size of my hand) It should be about 1/4 of an inch thick.

4. Bake for about 25 minutes- until they are firm but flexible. Remove from oven and let the shells slightly cool.

5. Hang shells from the oven rack and cook for another 10-12 minutes. It may need longer but you want to watch them very closely so they do not burn!! This will help the taco shells have a bit more form and crisp up a bit.

6. Remove shells from oven and open them up a bit so as they cool they will keep their open shape- this will make them easier to fill.

xo erin

Back to the Grind

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I shared this blog post on The Dote Blog I wish I could say I came up with this BRILLIANT idea of salads in a jar….but I can share with you some awesome recipes! I woke up this morning (Monday) thinking to myself WHY didn’t I make my salads in a jar yesterday so I wouldn’t have to make lunches all week?! They are seriously a dream!  These make my life so much more convenient- not to mention ensures I have a healthy balanced lunch! Let’s all start the school year off in a healthy way!

Salad in a Jar 101

Rule #1: Dressing at the bottom, greens at the top. Make sure they are as FAR away from each other as possible so they stay crisp and fresh!

First things first (I’m the realest)


Add the dressing, vinaigrette or olive oil to your 1 pint mason jar. I use 1-3 tablespoons, depending on the dressing { If it’s oil-based, 1 tablespoon is enough } You’ll be keeping your jar upright and this will keep the dressing from touching the veggies and making them soggy.

 Chop chop!

Add your harder veggies and beans; like carrots, radishes, onions and chickpeas, jicama. Then layer your other veggies; like zucchini, cherry tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and cucumber.

On to the Next one…

Greens! This should take up about 1/2 of your jar. Make sure your greens are dry & pack them down tight so you can fit more in. Mix up your green choices for some variety {romaine, kale, arugula and spinach.}

Pack it up pack it in

Pack in the protein, now. Top the greens with your choice of protein. Some of my go to’s are: grilled or ground chicken or turkey, sauteed tofu, canned tuna, diced boiled egg, quinoa. You will also add your fats with the protein- these healthy fats will keep you satisfied throughout the day! Add some nuts, seeds, hummus & avocado. I like to take my avocado separate so it stays fresher and doesn’t brown. If you decide to add the avocado to your jar, top with a lime slice or some lemon juice.

Shake it ‘up’ Shake it ‘up’

When you’re ready to eat, shake it up! Eat your salad straight out of the jar or pour it into a big bowl. I pack things pretty tight with tons of veggies in my jar, but when I shake it up, the dressing is still able to coat all of the veggies. I prefer eating it out of a bowl so I can mix everything up rather than eating it in layers.

TIPS

  • Add your nuts & cheese last so they don’t get soggy
  • If I’m adding onions, I like to add them first. Soaking them in the dressing helps dilute the strong onion taste ( prevents onion breath at work…)
  • Another option is to add items that will soak up the dressing as your second layer- Cooked grains, tofu, meats, mushrooms—anything that is spongy and will soak up the dressing as the jar sits in the fridge.
  • The salads can last up to 10 days in the fridge!
  • Really jam-pack the jars to help keep things from shifting and moving around. It should almost pop out in your face when you open that jar!  BONUS: the less air in the jar- the longer it will stay fresh!
  • If the salad isn’t enough- bring another pint size jar of soup
  • Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half—half toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half greens.
  • If I am worried my salad will have too much dressing- I bring a little bag of extra greens with me to soak it up.
  • If you are adding fruit, add it just before the greens

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Asian Chicken Salad

Use 2 tbsp. Carrot Ginger Dressing {from Costco}

Carrots, chopped or shredded (if shredded add in with the greens)

Cucumbers

Bean Sprouts

Red & green cabbage

Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice

Mandarin oranges

Slivered almonds

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Cobb Salad with Peach Infused Vinaigrette

Use 1 tbsp. Dressing {Peach infused white wine vinegar, avocado oil, sea salt}

Red, orange & yellow peppers

Zucchini

Red onions

Spinach

Boiled egg

Sunflower seeds

Avocado

Blueberries (optional)

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Fall Salad

Use 1.5 tbsp. Maple Dijon Vinaigrette {maple syrup, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, sea salt, }

Yellow & orange peppers

Cherry tomatoes

Kale

Baked Cubed Sweet potatoes

Quinoa

Roasted red peppers

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Pesto Besto

Use 1.5 tbsp. Pesto dressing { pesto, olive oil, }

Cherry tomatoes

Cucumbers

Spinach

Quinoa

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Cabbage Salad

Use 3 tbsp. Vinaigrette { 1/2 c olive oil, 1/4 c white vinegar, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp chicken stock, pepper to taste}

Green & red cabbage

Toasted sunflower seeds & almond slices

*if you aren’t gluten free you can add toasted ichiban noodles

xo erin