Oven-Cooked Paleo Italian Meatballs with Sauce

We’ve been using ground turkey instead of ground beef for so long that I’ve forgotten what beef actually tastes like. I like ground turkey. The kids have grown to like it too, so I really see no point in switching back. It’s healthier and that makes spending a couple extra bucks worth it to me.

While trying to expand my “bowl recipes,” I stumbled across this particular one for with what seemed like extremely good-for-you meatballs. I liked that they were an oven-bake and the marinara was an easy homemade sauce you could put together in no time and patiently hang out in the kitchen with a cup of tea while it slowly cooked over the stove. 

And so I did just that.

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Not to mention, it tastes great over whole-grain rice. Which obviously makes it a keeper, a blog post and handwritten down on a recipe card to go in my book. But if you don’t like rice, you can eat just the meatballs with the sauce, overtop a plate of linguini noodles or on a sub. 

That makes it pretty hard not to want to give it a try, don’t you think?

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Oven-Cooked Paleo Italian Meatballs with Sauce
Serves 4
Healthy ground turkey meatballs baked in the oven and then simmered in a sauce-pan of delicious and hearty homemade marinara sauce. Recipe is both paleo and gluten-free.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Meatballs
  1. 1lb ground turkey beef
  2. 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
  3. 1 egg, beaten
  4. ½ tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  7. 3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs, divided (optional)
  8. whole grain rice, (optional)
Sauce
  1. 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 bay leaf
  5. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon parsely, finely chopped
  7. 1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a large baking sheet, cover with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add beaten egg with ground turkey, 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, italian seasoning, parsley, salt and black pepper. Combine well with clean hands.
  3. Using hands, roll meatballs, about 2 tablespoons of mixture, evenly and spread on baking pan. Space out each meatball at least ½-1 inch apart from each other.
  4. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
Marinara Sauce
  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over med-high heat. Add onion and allow to saute for 5 minutes. Next add garlic and saute an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Both onion and garlic should appear transparent. Add canned tomatoes, bay leaf and pepper. Combine well with a wooden spoon and lower heat to low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Serve overtop meatballs and whole-grain rice.
Notes
  1. Recipe has been adjusted from original posted via adapt link.
Adapted from Noshtastic
Adapted from Noshtastic
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Overnight Fridge Oats and the Flexibility of Meal-Prepping Them

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Let’s face it. A lot of us aren’t morning people and even if we were, how many really want to cook a well-balanced breakfast each and every morning? I know I don’t. Especially after a hard workout or a late night. It’s more ideal to have something already prepped and ready to just pop in the microwave or in a bowl. 

There’s a lot of quick and convenient store-bought breakfasts that you can buy, but why trust manufacturers to actually produce something entirely healthy? Half of the stuff listed on the nutrient guide of packages I can’t even pronounce. I feel so much safe when I know what ingredients are used in the foods I cook because I put them there. 

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With Overnight Fridge Oats, you can choose from any sort of fruit to your liking as well as added ingredients. This makes them flexible to those with a vegan, gluten-free and paleo diet as well. You just need a few ingredients and a container to store them in. I use mason jars for mine. But best part? They stay fresh and impact in the refrigerator for up to 4 days! So you can make four breakfasts in one meal-prep session. 

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Add all ingredients in order for the best results:

1/2 cup of Step 1 Basic Ingredients: Old-Fashioned Oats. Mulesi. 

1/4 cup of Step 2 Basic Ingredients: Yogurt. Almond Milk. Whole Milk.

1 Tablespoon of Step 3 Basic Ingredients: Honey. Artificial Sweetener. 

1 teaspoon of Step 4 Basic Ingredients: Peanut Butter. Chia Seeds. 

1/2 cup of Step 5 Basic Ingredients: Blueberries. Tart Cherries. Strawberries. Banana. Apples.

1 Tablespoon of Optional Step 6 Toppings: Mini Chocolate Chips. Cinnamon. 

 

Ranch Chicken Salad

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Mondays are never easy, but rainy Mondays are even less. I had prepared this lunch dish last night in-between waiting for our pork tenderloins and twice baked potatoes to cook and it looked and smelled so delicious that I was looking forward to photographing it in some great natural light. I should have known better. I regularly look at the weather forecast and I knew rain was headed our way all day today. It’s OK. Considering that I am going to be eating this as my lunch for the next several days and we have sunshine the remainder of the week; I will have plenty of opportunity to take a better photograph and edit this post with it. And you after Monday readers will never know! 

I’m trying to ease more dairy free recipes into our menu. This is officially my first, purposely at least, and can also be seen as Whole 30 and Paleo friendly as well. Everyone cheer! 

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I’m not sure if you already know this or not, but the secret to preparing a quick and tasteful chicken salad is rotisserie chicken. It doesn’t make a difference if you buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery or if you slow-cooker some chicken breasts for 4 hours with broth; chicken salads taste best with shredded, juicy chicken. You can also add and mix things as you go, accordingly to what flavors you like. I like my chicken salad quite often, so I am always trying to think of new ways to differ it up. 

So why not add some ranch? There are so many great things you can do with a dry packet of ranch seasoning. I use it for a handful of recipes as it adds a nice little tangy taste that can or cannot be similiar to the ranch you use for salad dressing depending on just how much you use. If you’re leaning more towards creating your own ranch seasoning rather than buying one from the grocery, a great dairy-free recipe can be found here.

Ranch Chicken Salad
A new and tangy twist on your typical chicken salad recipe. Just as easy to make, even more delicious.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of rotisserie, or finely shredded chicken breast
  2. ½ cup mayonnaise
  3. 1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning
  4. 1 cup celery, diced
  5. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  6. ¼ cup yellow onion, diced
Instructions
  1. Combine shredded chicken, mayonnaise and ranch seasoning in a medium sized bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add celery, bell pepper and onion to chicken mixture. Combine well.
Notes
  1. Serves best after being chilled for a half hour in refrigerator.
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