Turkey meatballs are so delicious! It tastes great with raisins inside the meatballs, I know it sounds a little odd, but it totally works great. Feel free to experiment with ground meat, or pre-seasoned turkey sausages (take out the filling from the casing). This is super easy to do, I added almond flour to make them gluten free, and you can also use quinoa or baking powder as well. (any other gluten free flour would work as well). I topped it with tomato sauce, and you can also just serve plain with veggies or over pasta! Try it out :)
Tip: Keep an eye on the meatballs so the raisins don't burn, you may have to adjust the heat.
Healthy tip: Using ground turkey is a leaner option than using beef. It tastes great.
Tuna Melt Avocado Boats
This makes a great hot or cold lunch! I love the combination of tuna, with fresh tomato and melted parmesean cheese on top. With the added crunch of a nut like sunflower seeds, it makes for a delicious and filling lunch. Try it out, this is great for quarantine since you can use canned or bagged tuna.
This tastes great cold too :)
Grass fed Beef Stir Fry
Time: 20 minutes
This is a great way to get protein and all of your yummy vegetables in one meal. I like using Grass fed beef because research shows it actually has anti-inflammatory fats such as Omega-3's instead of the pro-inflammatory fats that grain fed beef has. This particular stir fry has mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, carrots, and garlic.
Tip: Feel free to experiment with different vegetables. I like to add some Bragg's coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and some aged balsamic vinegar. Hoison sauce also adds some great flavor. Traditionally this is made in a wok, and takes hardly any time. You can also use a large frying pan. I think stir fry goes great with a side of brown rice and quinoa.
Health Tip: Spinach and dark green vegetables have B-vitamins which give a great boost for energy and mood!
Baked Cod Lettuce "Tacos" with Fresh Slaw
Time: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes prep time
This recipe is a great replacement for traditional fish tacos, using a lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla. I like to bake fish, and if you use a coating of baking powder it gives it a crispy gluten-free coating. The fish I used is Cod, and any white similar fish will taste great such as Rockfish or Tilapia. This particular taco has a topping of homemade guacamole, as well as fresh "coleslaw" made with cabbage and riotta cheese instead of mayonnaise. Use the lettuce leaf like a taco by getting a size large enough to fold up.
Tip: When you are baking the fish, you know it is done when it becomes flaky with a fork. Add a little fresh lime after baking for another fresh zest of citrus.
Health tip: Cold water fish have a high level of Omega-3 that is anti-inflammatory. The only way to get Omega-3 is from cold water fish, walnuts, flax, and chia, the other Omegas are 6 and 9 (commonly found in other nuts and avocado, olive oil).
Fresh Zoodles with Ground Turkey
Time: 15 minutes Prep time: 5 minutes
I love making noodles out of Zucchini, because really the sauce is what makes the dish taste good anyway! In order to make "Zoodles" you need a spiralizer such as The Paderno 3-blade spiralizer by William and Sonoma. Zucchini noodles can also be made from yellow squash. The wider the squash the easier it will be to spiralize. I have also seen pre-made zoodles at the grocery store in the vegetable section. This dish is made with fresh herbs and vegetables, you can also add your favorite pasta sauce into the pan towards the end to give it more of an Italian pasta flavor.
Tip: The trick to make Zoodles that aren't soggy, is to cook them in olive oil and a little bit of water. You don't want to cook them in a pot of water like regular pasta.
Health tip: Squash is a great vegetables and is full of vitamin A which is good for skin, immune system health, and eyes. Carrots are also full of vitamin A.