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Surprises

Today was full of fun surprises!

I was once again pleasantly surprised at how good my homemade almond butter was on pancakes this morning…

…and was also surprised to learn that Vermont has a maple law…which is giving McDonalds some flack about their new oatmeal!

“What we understand, is there is no actual maple in the [McDonald’s] product being advertised. Vermont maple law and regulations are very specific for how the term maple is used in advertisements,” Kelly Loftus, VAA spokesperson told Slashfood. “It is illegal to use the wordΒ maple on a product unless the sweetener is 100 percent pure maple. Artificial maple flavoring should be clearly and conspicuously labeled on the principal panel with the term ‘artificial flavor’.”

Read more:Β http://www.slashfood.com/2011/01/10/a-sticky-mess-for-mcdonalds/#ixzz1BcP2Afr7

Basically, Vermont is requiring them to give option of a tablespoon of real Vermont maple syrup, a teaspoon of Vermont maple sugar, or eliminating the “maple” advertisement since all it is is fake flavoring.

Can I get a hell-yeah for Vermont, please?

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Teddie doesn’t hate me after all…

…even if all I did today was dote on him.

When I got home, I was surprised that the mail hadn’t come yet…but was hungry and went ahead and made lunch anyway.

When it finally came, I’d be lying if I said I was completely surprised that I had two big “presents,” but I was surprised at what they contained!

Package numero uno – from the wonderful Blue Eyed Heart.

Blueberry Muffin Larabar?! I was pleasantly surprised when I heard of this new flavor. Yes, I was the girl eating a Dunkin’ Donuts blueberry muffin every. single. day. all through high school. I cannot. wait. to try this baby. How surprised was I to learn it’s more cashew-based than almond-based? Very – but that’s definitely a good surprised. Eye heart cashoos.

The most perfect-est pumpkin bran muffins ever. I broke into one STAT.

And the primary reason for the package: sprouted wheatberry bread.

My mom always said not to beg, and that it doesn’t get anybody anywhere. Well, I sort of begged for this bread and it got me a sprouted wheatberry bread addiction. That could be seen as a good or a bad thing. I choose to see it as a good thing.

The cutest lil’ mini loaf, too! I can’t wait to have mini PB&Js. If it lasts that long.

I think I’m convinced that I ought to try making my own sprouted bread now. That is, if I can’t convince her to get into business making and selling this bread πŸ˜‰

I wasn’t just surprised with this month’s Foodzie Tasting Box

…I was just about awed!

Never, ever heard of Sun Dried Nectarines before. Cannot. Wait. to try them.

I expect at least half of the Foodzie boxes to be something I wouldn’t like, but that’s okay with me. I enjoy the surprise aspect, and don’t mind getting some things (like natural beef jerky) that I can pass on to someone else. That’s why I was so awed when I realized just about everything in this month’s box is a keeper!

While I usually like sweeter teas (Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Gingerbread, anyone?) these Runa teas were fun to try!

It certainly surprised me at how fresh the leaves seemed compared to the usual teas I drink!

Enjoyed with a cracker flat that L sent me…

…I got a little hungry while waiting for my tea to heat πŸ˜‰ I can’t say I’m surprised at how delicious these are, though – spelt and cinnamon raisin are two things that have always had my heart.

Well, maybe not always. I don’t think I was a four-year old running around demanding my mom to make cinnamon-raisin spelt bread…but maybe.

I was surprised to realize I hadn’t had any plans for dinner, but then realized I was craving pasta

…which didn’t surprise me at how wonderful this simple meal was. Sometimes, good ol’ pasta just hits the spot, don’t you think?! Just a serving of whole wheat pasta, cooked and then tossed with:

  • drizzle olive oil
  • fire-roasted tomatoes
  • roasted red peppers
  • garlic
  • tempeh
  • fresh parsley

served atop collard greens sauteed in a bit of olive oil with red onion and garlic, and all garnished with humnut cheese and more fresh parsley.

I actually really hate fresh parsley, I’ve just been eating it because for some reason I decided I needed fresh parsley for something. At this point, I don’t even remember what I wanted it for. I just know I have a lot more to eat…

What have you been surprised by lately?!

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Throwback Thursdays

Are we ready for today’s throwback thursday? Let’s compare and contrast, shall we?

But first off – I hope everyone had a wonderful Thursday?

Mine kicked off with a breakfast dilemma – how to use that last banana? Plain-jane nanner oats, or jazz it up? Well, I had one last whole carrot in my fridge, and who would I be if I didn’t make a stellar bowl of carrot-cake oats with it?

That’s what I thought. Just doin’ what needs to be done. Clearly, this needed to be done.

Although, if you ask me, chances are I’ll say that this always needs to be done. For this bowl, I sauteed some of the shredded carrot and nanner in almond milk and maple syrup. I love simmering/sauteeing the fruit in some almond milk as of later. I also enjoyed a drizzle of coconut butter.

I goofed around for an hour (okay, more like two…what can I say? I told you I liked waking up earlier than necessary!) before heading off to class. But not before taking necessary hunger precautions.

Once again, just doing what needed to be done. This keeps involving finishing foods – this involved that last of my puffins. Insert sad-face here. And you all know what that looks like.

My first class dragged on like a bad dentist appointment. I really hate the dentists. No offense. Afterwards, however, I decided I was going to go on a photoshoot, so I texted up a partner in crime. Ironically, I decided to do this very same thing one month ago today. Unintentional throwback. Today I also decided I will be dropping my Intro to C.J. class. This sort of kills me because I have never dropped a class before. However, I did some career planning and at this point; it is a waste of my time. I know that sounds awful. But it is the truth, and it’s still at the point where it won’t harm my GPA.

Getting back to the subject at hand: after my first class, photoshoot, blah blah blah.

But not before enjoying an orange.

And finally finishing those sesame rice crackers.

I’m not hatin’ on the rice crackers. In all honesty, I’m a little sad that they’re finally all gone. But I am moving onward and upward! My throwbacks continued as I listened to Mayday Parade in my car because for some strange reason, my radio wasn’t coming in to save its soul. This was the CD in the player. It brought back memories. I used to be a diehard Mayday fan. I won’t lie – this put me in a super happy mood. It’s probably a good thing, because the beautiful sun decided it was time to go away, and moody bleak skies invaded. Luckily for me, moody bleak skies make for beautifully diffused light.

PIC. Partner in Crime, not "picture."

I interrupt this blog-post for a newsflash: The Lambert dude just got booted off American Idol, and while I’m not saying this is upsetting, wasn’t the last winner a Lambert? Adam Lambert? Right? It was bound to happen, if I am not mistaken. there can’t be two American Idol Lamberts.

But back to the normally scheduled blog-cast: After running around downtown for an hour or two, we seeked warmth and caffeien in the lovely Clem’s Cafe.

Note my honey packet, which I was ecstatic to find.

Gabbing and people watching took place, all the while being made to feel rather self conscious as we thought we were being stared at relentlessly. Apparently the basketball game of the century was on, and we took the prime seating. Everyone kept standing right next to our table to watch. Not basketball fans.

My cafe however, was superb. While it’s typically hard for me to support many coffees other than Green Mountain, I don’t mind some New England once in a while – and this is what Clem’s served. They have a new flavor. This new flavor is Irish Creme. This new flavor was fantastic. Throwback to this morning, where my flavor of the morning was Timothy’s Irish Creme. I guess I’m gearing up for Saint Patty’s Day. I am wearing a green hoodie, after all.

I am remarkably attractive.

People watching? There are some characters in this town. Well, that town. I live an hour from there, I think I’m safe.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I love cafes. They have such a relaxing atmosphere, and almost always have such beautiful light. I get geeky when I see good light. I’m that girl. The one who will suddenly say “StoP! Just look at this LIGHT!”

Anywho – eventually, we broke – I had editing photos on my mind, and the weather lent itself very well to such an activity. That, and – it was nearing two and I was becoming hungry. Clem’s had a great menu – I was definitely eyeing their spinach salad with homemade honey mustard vinaigrette – but I actually had a hempspread and jam sammie waiting for me in my car.

The participants.

I love that Blueberry Cherry jam. Unfortunately, as you well can see – it is almost muerto. I think that’s how you said dead, anyway. Or – gonezo.

Simple, yet superb.

En-Route.

Not sure who bought these babies, but I decided I'd help myself. It's for my eyesight.

Annd, to satisfy my Thirsty Thursday sweet tooth.

YeahThirsy Thursday for me means drinking a lifewater. Maybe if I put it in a PBR can, I’d look like a normal college kid. Eh, it’s just not the way I roll, I suppose.

One month ago today? Funny to think about, because it was my first co-op experience! Who’d a thunk – now it seems like old hat! Though I did make the goji berries I got last a month. And it was then that I discovered my love for almond mozzarella.

After continuing to listen to Mayday Parade in efforts to make the sun come out all to no avail, and then puddle jumping my way into the house, I started uploading photos and fixed a snack

One of the best plums ever, coconut butter, dried currants, some Kashi, and some almondmilk. The Throwback? I used to be a Kashi H2H fiend. I actually purchased 2 bulk boxes of 2 bags each a while ago, that never got opened due to the fact that my obsession died soon after the big purchase. Luckily, my obsession is back.

Editing took over my afternoon and evening, but I did break for a fun dinner. I mean, it’s been a while since I’ve had waffles, na’mean?

Buckwheat-Spelt Savory Waffles & Eggs

Essentially – my Multigrain Buckwheat Pancake recipe, made savory. Except, I halved the recipe, and forgot to halve the amount of eggs. Shnoopsies. Luckily, this didn’t have a terrible outcome and they still tasted divine.

I realize my life could have been made esaier if I just made the dang things pancakes. But who doesn’t love waffles? I’ll make anything a waffle. Granted – I’ll also make anything a crepe. This threw me way back to when I would have ritualistic Pancake Sundays. I was big on Pancake Sundays. I also used to be big on egg scrambles. Oats are to me now, as egg scrambles were to me last summer.

I also used to be a huge chicken sausage fan – and having it tonight reminded me of that. I love me some Bilinski Farms chicken sausage.

Side-Note: has anyone else noticed that I’ve been eating my body weight in parmesan lately? Ah well. At least I don’t weigh tooooo much.

Oh yeah — the food. This was a buckwehat-spelt savory waffle – seasoned with garlic, mustard, pepper, salt, basil, sundried tomato, and had some parmesan thrown in there, too. The eggs were a glorious italian scramble with fresh basil, romas, red peppers & onion, and tomato-basil chicken sausage. And parmesan. Of course.

This was good. I am going to make everything a waffle from now on. I haven’t had a sweet potato lately – maybe tomorrow will feature a sweet potato waffle?

Do you have “flashbacks” or deja-vu-esque memories when you hear certain things, go certain places, or do certain things? I do all.the.time. Especially with music! Sometimes it drives me nuts – and sometimes it’s great.

Additionally – How are you guys feeling about my blog posts lately? I want some feedback on what you like and what you hate!! You can be anon if you’d like πŸ™‚ Do I talk too much? Too many photos? I’m too weird? I eat too much cereal and broccoli? Hey – can’t guarantee I’ll stop that – but I dooo want your thoughts and opinions πŸ™‚

Have a great night, everyone!

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Fly-By

Whew! Has Sunday flown by for everyone else, too?! I feel like I’ve done nothing, yet when I think about it, I was pretty productive in that I accomplished a lot of little things that needed to be done, like making up some business cards and working on my photo website, and finishing up senior portraits. And some play-time, of course!

You didn’t think I’d forgotten about carrot cake oats, did you?!

mmm…perfection πŸ™‚

In the Mix: 2 T. rolled barley flakes, 2 T. TVP, couple slices banana, grated carrot, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, goji berries

On the Top: same icing with pineapple as from yesterday, toasted coconut, raisins, flax, grated carrot, crystallized ginger, strawberry-pom preserves, and Cinnamon-Raisin PB

Carrot Cake never disappoints.

This was a great start to the day. Afterwards I got to work mocking up some business cards to post up around. I’d really like to try and start getting my name out for senior portraits, or even if anyone is interested in artwork for their cafe or little local gallery or something like that. I’m not sure if that’s just me having high hopes, however.

Is there any reader interested in graphic design? I’d love some feedback πŸ™‚

My mom wins the mom of the century award. She picked me up a new yogi tea and a big bag of chopped Kale! I didn’t even see the stuff that was already chopped, rinsed, and bagged the other day – I only saw the organic stuff. Regardless; she tried some of my Kale chips and loved them too. I guess this is a hint, hint, nudge, nudge to make some more – and you’ll see that I certainly obliged!

I’m always tempted by the Yogi Teas when I’m looking at the tea section, but they don’t have many Chais and were a touch on the expensive side (though only in comparison to those on sale) so would always pass – I’m very picky about my herbals! I had some orange spice tea for the first time at my mom’s office and really liked it. So she saw this and grabbed it for me!

And it is so good! I had it with some almond milk and really enjoyed it. It’s not quite as orangey as the other kind I’d had was – in fact, if it was a touch more orangey I think it’d be perfect – but it is definitely a winner nonetheless. And I love the little sayings on the tag πŸ™‚

And a kiwi! I always am under the impression that kiwis are more expensive than they are since they’re in the exotic fruits section. So I always forget about them! But I remembered yesterday. Love kiwis! Though I think I’m the only blogger left who doesn’t eat the skin? I’ve honestly never even thought to eat the skin of a kiwi…though I suppose since they are full of nutrients and fiber – it wouldn’t hurt to start πŸ™‚

Lunch was, once again, something spectacular

Wrap panini with almond mozzarella, spinach, roma tomato, basil, red onion, and country dijon garlic mustard.

I used to be obsessed with basil, tomato, and mozzarella flavors, and pretty much italian flavors in general. For some reason, I’ve been forgetting about them lately and opting for spicy foods. Maybe it has to do with the weather?

And a side of cracked pepper and sea-salt kale chips.

Whatever it is, I definitely need to bring them back into my life! If only you could smell this wrap as I was cutting it! Fresh basil, mozzarella, slight touch of garlic…oh, it was heavenly. Sure, it was almond mozzarella, but I really enjoy that mozarella – and like I’ve mentioned, I’m a mozarella stickler.

My mom and I both agree that kale chips with cracked black pepper and sea salt rather than just seasoned salt is the way to go. These are my new crack, I think. You’ll see…

Afterwards I was still chained to my computer messing with the website, photos, and tweaking the card. A graphic designer can work on the same thing for eons, if you let them. Nothing is ever complete! Don’t worry, though – hummus, pretzels, trail mix, and tea kept me very good company.

Eventually, I needed to get out of the house. I decided to throw together an applesauce mess – because I’m weird – and then go on a little galavant out back.

I’m not kidding when I say this is the best snack evah.

Applesauce, crumbled AB cookie, crumbled mate bar, trail mix, almond butter, snyders butter snap pretzels (essential), crumbled kashi bar, and spelt bread. All heated and melty and love-y.

I have a mish-mash bag of bars solely for this purpose. I love mixing bits of everything! hah.

Time to explore!

Starting out…

Look what I found! Apparently Kaia thinks she’s a pointer?
I’m sorry – but are these not the cutest ears ever?

I guess I nixed scenic photos and opted for Kaia photos?

Okay – time to head back!

Jiggy and Melody – My mom’s two Appaloosas.

We got back in time for the horse’s dinner – which meant it was almost time to start making ours, too!

While SaBaay observes, of course.

Dinner tonight was salmon! Does everyone remember when I made Flaked Salmon with a Blueberry Raspberry Dijon Glaze? Well – that’s what tonight was! I changed it up a little bit just for simplicity, but it was still just as amazing as last time.

And more kale chips.

This time – rather than having two seperate pots – I added the blueberries right to the pan I cooked the salmon in. And, instead of using the raspberry dijon mustard, I used the maine maple dijon. The salmon was just seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili powder. I had mine in a flax pita with spread cheese, spinach, and some chopped walnuts.

Easy and delish!

Now I’m watching hockey! USA vs. Canada. Any other hockey fans? I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan – but I definitely like watching it and always hear about it from my boss, haha.

How was everyone else’s Sunday? What was the highlight of your weekend?

and also – a question for those of you used to wordpress: I’ve noticed when I’m inserting a photo and a caption, the caption shows up in a nice little box around the image in my preview, but not once it’s published. Is there a setting I need to change in order for it to show up like this when my post is published? Input greatly appreciated πŸ™‚

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Subliminal Messaging

Did everyone else get to enjoy beautiful weather today? Vermont was certainly graced with some beautiful sun and warm temperatures! Given the time of the year it is I should be crying that it was nearly 40*. Lately all I’ve been wanting is snow, snow, snow. We have none! But since beautiful sunshine came along with the warmth, there was no way I could complain.
I should have known it would end up being a beautiful day after seeing the subliminal message in this ridiculous bowl of banana cream pie breakfast:
Anyone else see the heart?!Not intentional.
This craziness involved the usual whipped banana bowl of grains, topped with more banana, coconut, walnuts, raisins, and whet germ. The chia-seed yogurt icing had some mashed banana, too! And almond butter and a maraschino cherry, just for good measure, of course.
I thought I’d died and gone to heaven after eating this.
I grabbed the buffalo turkey wrap out of the fridge that I’d made for lunch last night, an orange, a carrot, and a Z Bar and made my way to school for classes.
After my first one I learned of two amazing facts: 1. Int. to C.J. was cancelled, and 2. Photo would just be a “work day” if we so chose! Luckily I learned both these things in e-mails, so decided to do my own photo class by driving round Rutland and finding sketchy places to take photos. Strangely, I’ve never just walked around downtown with my camera with the intent to take photos. I learned that sometimes you overlook some of the neatest places!
I’ve got quite a few photos to go through to keep me busy tonight, tomorrow, and the next day! Hopefully I got one or two good ones. 
While I was in town, I took advantage of the time to explore our co-op! I’ve never actually been in there – another shocker, right? I told myself I wouldn’t buy much. And I did great until I got to the bulk section, where everything…uh…sort of added up. There’s so many fun things, and still feel like I hardly got as much as I wanted! haha. Finds included goji berries, other dried fruits and nuts, almond “mozzarella,” oikos, applegate farms turkey hot dogs, some bars, and some cookies! What I really wanted to find was coconut butter, but no such luck. My other stop was my favorite little organic deli/cafe, the Back Home Again. I about lived there all summer long, until I started school. (Then “Jess’s Budgeting Act” cut-off so much buying of meals, and encouraged the making & packing of meals. It’s ridiculous how much I spent a week buying lunches rather than packing my own!)They make amazing breads, and I needed some Spelt bread. They also sell yerba mate and mate energy bars, which are amazing. So I picked some of those up as well. Bliss. 




By the time I was done spending money and taking pictures, it was around 1:45 and I had only eaten all my snacks. They held me over so luckily I wasn’t so tempted by any of the delicious wraps and sandwiches at the BHA and decided I’d just enjoy my wrap grilled once I got home!
Look familiar? It hasn’t gotten old…but I’m almost out of those meatballs! I do miss hummus and veggie wraps though, so it’s all good πŸ™‚
Dinner was to incorporate one of my interesting co-op finds!
I had planned on just getting some really good marinated mozzarella when I went grocery shopping this weekend (I am picky about my mozzarella. Go big or go home. No skim over here.) but was quite fascinated when I saw this! Never even heard of it before, so of course I had to give it a try. I’m not lactose intolerant, vegan, or anything requiring me to avoid real cheese, but I was quite intrigued. And it’s quite good! But we’ll get to that.
On the agenda tonight was a Sausage Polenta Bake. I’d been tossing ideas around in my head all morning, and initially wanted to do sausage-apple, but wasn’t sure what veggies I had that would go well with that.
So, for 1-2 servings (my mom and I shared it but each had another sausage & sauce on the side) I prepared the bottom polenta layer with:
1 Pesto-Chicken Bilinski Farms Chicken sausage, diced
1/3 c. polenta/corn grits
1 c. water
minced garlic
diced scallions, red pepper, and yellow pepper.
garlic salt, pepper, and basil
I just prepared the polenta as usual and when it was beginning to pull from the sides I added everything in. Poured and spread into a mini casserole dish, and baked at 400* for 20m.
Pre-baking:
Then I decided on a middle veggie layer:
baby spinach – 1 c.?
broccoli crown, chopped
1/4 c. cream of broccoli soup
minced garlic
dijon mustard
salt, pepper to taste
Sauteed in a pan until cooked down & soup about evaporated. By this time your polenta should be about done, so go ahead and put this layer on top.
Top with some sort of marinara/tomato-based sauce on top, and then some mozzarella shreds. (or, in my case, almond mozzarella)
I initially thought I was going to have to make my own “sauce” with diced tomatoes and seasonings like I usually do, but my mom actually had a pot of spaghetti sauce on for some pasta and sausages she was making, so I just stoled some of that. Convenient!
Pop back in the oven until your cheese is melted, and dig in! (Caution: Contents Hot)
Basic, but good πŸ™‚ I still like my sausage-apple polenta casserole idea, though. Soon!
Now, however, it is time for dessert round 2 (round 1 was a mate bar!): chia seed pumpkin pudding!
If you have a local co-op, what’s your favorite find there? 
Or, if you’re grocery shopping, do you end up trying way more new things than you went there with the intention of purchasing? 
I know I’m guilty of having a grocery shopping new-foods problem!
‘Night everyone!

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Recipe: Meatballs Two Ways

Turkey Meatballs, Two Ways


Take One: Sundried Tomato and Feta in Phyllo Cups
To get to “Spicy Buffalo Turkey Meatballs,” scroll past all my blabbing.



Giada DeLaurentis is probably my favorite food network gal. I mean, look at her. She’s adorable! And, she has good recipes to boot. One day I was watching her make a turkey meatloaf with sundried tomatoes and feta. This was when I was completely obsessed with any sort of italian cuisine, and vampires were sure to stay far from my home due to the copious amounts of garlic that I added to everything.
Of course, I still love italian cooking, but it seems that during the winter months I’ve become more apt to make something spicy, or mexican-esque. 
Regardless – I knew I had to make this meatloaf. 
I called up my mom, and told her I was coming over and making them dinner. I was making them meatloaf!
Imagine her disbelief. I was going to make meatloaf? The daughter who, for the past 19 years, couldn’t be force fed meatloaf? Oh, yes. I forgot to mention: I “hated” meatloaf. Meatloaf, to me, equaled weird onion soup mix, ketchup, and ground beef. Uh, thanks, but no thanks.
But Giada was onto something good.

Okay, enough, enough. How does this relate to meatballs? 
Well, the meatloaf went over with rave reviews, but that was eons ago. I haven’t made it since, and tonight I was planning on making dinner for the fam, and wanted to change up the recipe a bit, and make them into turkey burgers! Well, I ended up being ditched (being the grandma that I am) and was on my own for dinner. Since I’d already defrosted the ground turkey, and tomorrow being the superbowl so the turkey won’t get used then, I figured I’d just stick to my gameplan – but instead, I decided on making them meatballs (easier to add to lunches). So, here we go. I did try to measure most everything so I could relay it again, rather than just adding a bit of everything.

Ingredients:
-10 oz. 99% lean ground turkey
-4 sundried tomatoes, chopped
-1 oz. Crumbled Feta Cheese – I like to use the F.F. Mediterranean Herb kind by President – (Alternatively, I think a really good marinated mozzarella would be amazing – I wanted to use the feta I had, though.)
scant 1/4c. chopped scallions
-2 T. almond milk
-1 egg
-2 T. rolled oats
-1 T. grated Parmesan Cheese
-1/4 t. minced garlic
-1/4 t. dried basil (I would have preferred fresh, but couldn’t justify buying a huge pack at the grocery store today)
-salt and pepper
-dash nutmeg
-1/4 t. garlic salt with parsley
-pre-cooked mini Phyllo cups

Destructions:
Preheat oven to 400*.
Combine all ingredients except for the feta and phyllo cups:


Form by the small handful (uh…maybe…1/8 cup size?) into small patties, and press some crumbled feta into the mixture. Fold over and press into a ball.
Place on a greased cookie sheet or glass baking dish.

Sorry if raw meat grosses you out. It still grosses me out…I wouldn’t touch it until a year or so ago! hah. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes, checking first at 15. They didn’t take very long.

The colors of Italy!

If desired, place meatballs in fun little pre-made Phyllo cups! I devoured these with a side of bulgur with spinach and carrots, and a spinach salad with that divine Raspberry Dijon Mustard. The Raspberry Dijon actually went quite nicely with everything else!
They would also be really good in a pita – Greek it up with some Tzatziki, perhaps?! That’s my next plan.
I yielded 11 meatballs with these quantities.


Take Two: Spicy Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Rather than make a whole bunch of meatballs in the same fashion for just myself (the rest of my family aren’t as fond of leftovers as I am – go figure) I decided I’d just do half each…and I wanted some Frank’s! Frank and I go way back. I was actually thinking about how long it’d been since my last Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and decided – why not make Buffalo Turkey Meatballs and have that in a wrap?! I winged it on this one, but they came out pretty well! Hopefully the measurements are accurate πŸ˜›

Shown in the background, spotlight stolen by the Sundried Tomato & Feta Meatballs.

Ingredients:
-10 oz. 99% lean ground turkey
-1 egg
-1 T. Almond Milk
-3 T. Frank’s Red Hot (If you don’t like them too spicy – I, personally, will be adding more next time.)
-scant 1/4c. chopped scallion
-1/8 c. chopped red pepper (I used orange due to the fact that he was on his last leg.)
-1/2 t. minced garlic
-salt and pepper
-1/4 t. lemon pepper
-1/4 t. chili powder
-1/2 t. Dijon mustard
-1 cheese wedge, chopped up
-little bit o’ crumbled feta cheese.

Destructions:

Combine all ingredients.


Form into balls, and place on sprayed cookie sheet.

Name that country! Orange, green, and white? Ireland, anybody?

Bake at 400* for approx 15 minutes.
Don’t overdo them, like yours truly. 


Hey, I was busy loving those Sundried Tomato ones. It could have been worse.

Devour!

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