First the trot:
Our temps have been pleasantly cool, at least in the early mornings and evening, so I’ve been able to get my trot on with my favorite running partner: Ella!
Cattledogs make great running partners…she shares the road, she always keeps up with my pace, and she never tries to get out of a run—in fact, she keeps ME accountable for getting out there! Of course, there’s the occasional problem of having to wait around while your running partner drops a deuce on the trail, but hey—that could happen to anyone.
Cattledogs were bred to herd cattle for hundreds of miles in the Australian outback, so as you might guess, Ella is pretty much always ready to GO.
So we’ve covered the trot. What about the turkey?
This afternoon while Lila napped, I got to work on some meatballs for dinner tonight. I was going to make plain-Jane turkey meatballs to go on pasta, but then I thought…hey, why not spice things up a bit?
Spicing things up led to this recipe:
Indian Turkey-Quinoa Meatballs
1 package (1.25 pounds) lean turkey
1 egg, beaten
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1 tbsp. yellow curry powder
1 tsp. each: cumin seed, caraway seed, ground corriander, and salt
1/2 cup yellow raisins
Preheat oven to 375.
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa, spices, and raisins, cover, and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool.
Once quinoa has cooled, combine in a large mixing bowl with turkey and egg. Mix well (you can use a spoon here, but hands generally work best), then form medium-sized meatballs. Place on baking sheets that have been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until browning on the outside and cooked through.
Pictures of the process:
(sidenote: this quinoa would be really tasty on its own as a vegetarian main dish or side)
And the final meatballs:
…which we will be enjoying with a side of broccoli in about…oh, half an hour. I’ll let you know how Lila likes them—I think she’ll be a fan. I’ve tasted a few already, and the combination of the spices with the sweet raisins is pretty delicious.