IMG_2017The other day while waiting in line at the butcher shop, another woman looked at me and smiled as if we knew each other even though we’d never met before. Her lingering gaze coupled with her warm smile was an invitation to chat. An interesting conversation ensued that inspired me to post this simple but delicious recipe.

Her story went something like this – her husband doesn’t eat red meat because of a heart condition. Meanwhile, she has multiple food sensitivities and can’t eat fish which makes their choices even more limiting. “I get sick of eating chicken all the time.” She confessed to me. Yay, I thought. I can help her. It is so much fun it is to work with people who have food challenges.

I  empathized and asked her if she ever buys ground chicken or turkey to make burgers, soups or meatballs – suggesting different ways to make the same meat. Even though I knew it didn’t necessarily solve her problem, I was hoping to offer perhaps a new perspective or share some new ideas. She asked for my card and then we said our good byes.

Can you relate to feeling bored, in a rut either because of limited choices or force of habit and the time crunch?  Looking for new ideas? Leave me a comment and I will come up with some fun ones just for you!

Turkey Meatballs

1  1/2  pounds ground turkey
1 egg
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
1 clove garlic minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup almond flour (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium ball, combine all ingredients mixing well. If dough is too wet, add 1/4 cup of almond flour. Scoop tablespoon size balls of dough and roll until smooth using your hands. Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink in side. Be careful not to over cook though or they will dry out.

Serves 4