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Mediterranean Meatball Muffins + Cucumber Salad

March 18, 2014

Yesterday, I was really on top of things.  Don’t you love days like that?

After teaching my morning classes, I went to the gym, which I hardly ever do—I just feel so pressed for time on Mondays that it usually becomes a non-workout day for me.  But yesterday, I made the time.  And then on top of that, I made dinner when I got home—five hours early!

I teach on Monday nights, but when I can, I like to cook in advance and leave something for Ryan and Lila to have while I teach.  Sometimes it happens, sometimes they’re on their own. Yesterday afternoon, I made these two dishes before heading back up to school again:

Mediterranean Meatball Muffins (based on a recipe from Cooking Light)

1 package (1.25 pounds) ground turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

1/3 cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

1 tsp. salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in pan.  Add onions and cook for 10 minutes, until soft.  Add oregano and basil. 

Dump the rest of the ingredients into a separate mixing bowl.  Once the onions have cooled off a bit, add them to the bowl, then mix until well-combined (doing this by hand is messy, but it works the best).

Drop the meat mixture into a standard-sized muffin pan, filling almost to the top:

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When cups are filled, place pan in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until the tops are browning.

And done!

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While the muffins were baking, I also whipped up this easy cucumber salad to go with them:

Cucumber Salad

1 cucumber, chopped into thin half-moons

1/4 red onion, minced

1/2 cup feta, chopped or crumbled

5-6 cherry tomatoes, quartered

juice from 1/2 a lemon

2 tbsp. greek yogurt

1 tsp. dried oregano

salt to taste

Directions:

Combine ingredients and mix well, tossing to coat.

Pretty easy, right? Winking smile 

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These were great to come home to after a long night of teaching.

Happy Tuesday—have a great day!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2014 2:13 pm

    That salad…that’s what’s up. Yum. You also kicked some major butt yesterday. Monday is the hardest to get a workout in. I’m usually behind on Mondays because I didn’t do what I was supposed to on the weekend. How long are your night classes?

    • March 18, 2014 6:12 pm

      They’re supposed to be from 5:30 to 8:20, but we’re usually out by about 8. There’s only so much poetry you can talk about, you know? ;-) There are definitely things that I don’t love about the once a week, long class– but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s nice to only have to teach it once, at the beginning of the week, and then be done with it.

  2. itzyskitchen permalink
    March 18, 2014 4:46 pm

    wahooooo! Yes- I try to cook early whenever possible. Since I teach at the gyms most week nights, its hard to cook a meal right at dinner tonight. Pre-cooking makes everyone happy :) The cucumber salad sounds fantastic

  3. March 19, 2014 12:20 pm

    I swear eating meat in muffin form always makes me feel like a kid! I love it! :)

  4. ginger635 permalink
    March 19, 2014 7:23 pm

    I love the idea of cooking the meatballs in muffin tins. How easy! And, that salad looks delicious, too!

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