Meatballs for the Meatball
I’ve always said that one of the reasons why eating vegetarian for a few years was so easy for me is because I’ve never been that crazy about meat. Other than when I was pregnant (when I was SERIOUSLY craving steaks…and hamburgers…and turkey sandwiches…and lemonade), meat has always been something that I’ve had a kind of “meh, take it or leave it” attitude about. Going without meat for a meal, or a week, or a month, is just fine with me.
So imagine my surprise that someone:
…has turned out to be quite the meat-lover. A few nights ago, she gobbled up chicken. Then at lunch yesterday, she couldn’t get enough of the turkey off my sandwich. And tonight, I gave a new recipe a try—quinoa turkey meatballs—and she basically went crazy for these little suckers.
Vegetarian she ain’t.
That’s okay. As long as she’s happy.
Sidenote: today, during a class discussion about food, family, and culture, I asked my students if there was any sort of diet they could follow or food they could eat that would upset their family (ie, going vegetarian with a family full of hunters, etc.). To which one of my students replied, “Human meat.”
As long as Lila sticks with turkey, I guess we’re doing alright.
Our definitely non-human meatballs were based loosely on this recipe that I found online. For ours, I combined:
1.25 pounds 95%lean turkey
1 egg, beaten
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
2 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. basil
3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
Mixed it all in a big bowl, then rolled it out into balls (it made a dozen, because we made them pretty large), and baked them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Ryan and I enjoyed ours with sweet potato fries and broccoli:
Lila enjoyed some broccoli too…so at least she isn’t eating ONLY meat (right now, ha):
It was raining ALL day today, but yesterday we snapped these shots of Lila staring out the window in the sun:
Can you tell we like polka dots around here?
One day without sunshine and I’m ready to stay in bed all day. Here’s hoping tomorrow is sunnier!
Ryan and I have started watching Homeland and OHMYGODITISGOOD. We’re off to watch an episode now….which will inevitably turn into three.