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Meatballs for the Meatball

January 10, 2013

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:

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…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.  Smile 

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.”

Fair enough.

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):

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It was raining ALL day today, but yesterday we snapped these shots of Lila staring out the window in the sun:

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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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2013 9:56 am

    hehe 🙂 All that protein is so good for their growing bodies! Kaylin lovessss chicken. I love her polka dot hoodie. SO cute. Human meat hmmm?? Normal thought process…

    • January 10, 2013 10:35 pm

      You’d be amazed what comes up during class discussions… 🙂

  2. January 10, 2013 4:30 pm

    Homeland is next on my Netflix queue!

    • January 10, 2013 6:22 pm

      Soooooo good! Everyone kept telling us that, and I was like, “Yeah, yeah” and now I totally see why people love it. 🙂

  3. January 10, 2013 10:00 pm

    We just started Homeland too! OHMYGODITSGOOD! It is INTENSE! Every time I think I have something figured out, UGH, I don’t! Love it!

    I don’t keep my kids away from meat either. I want them to make the decision for themselves to eat it or not as long as they eat a balanced diet with veggies and fruits too. While I don’t eat meat, I do think it is part of who we are as humans. I think that will give them a better chance of making the right food choices later on. I hope anyway…

    • January 10, 2013 10:34 pm

      It is sooooooo good!!! I accidentally read some spoilers the other day, and I was so mad at myself. 🙂

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