Okay, let's pretend we live in a world where cereal, pancakes and waffles are not required breakfast foods. What would happen if your first meal of the day consisted of healthy fats, lean proteins and vitamin-rich vegetables? What would happen if your first meal of the day delivered a spicy punch of metabolism-boosting capsacin? Amazing things, I tell you!
1.25 lb ground turkey, 80% lean
1 tbsp olive oil
4 c baby spinach, coarsly chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
3/4 c almond meal (or almond flour)
2-3 serrano peppers, minced with seeds
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 limes, juice and zest
1 egg, whisked to frothy consistency
1/2 c cilantro, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C or gas mark 6).
In a heavy bottomed pan, sauté onions with olive oil until tender and golden. Stir in garlic and serrano. Heat until fragrant. Add to a large mixing bowl and allow cool slightly before adding in turkey, almond meal, spinach, cilantro, lime, egg, salt and pepper. Get in there with your hands and combine the mixture well. If it is too wet, add morre almond meal. If it is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time.
Form into uniformly sized balls and place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Cook for 25-35 minutes, depending on the size you went with. Bigger meatballs will take longer to cook through. The meatballs will start to form a slightly browned crust when they have finished.
So many ways to enjoy these puppies, including:
On their own with a dollop of sriracha because they are already friggin' delicious enough;
Over a bed of mixed greens, dressed with your favourite vinaigrette to amp up the heat of the serranos, for a flavourful, protein-packed salad;
Sandwiched between two slices of Ezekiel sprouted grain toast with a dollop of mayonnaise (or soy-free vegenaise) for high fiber, carb-loading numminess;
Crumbled and wrapped in butter lettuce leaves for a tasty snack wrap;
Crumbled and wrapped in a tortilla with salsa verde, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese and sliced radishes, for a seriously delicious taco.
The options are only limited by your imagination, so don't be all boring and eat all your meatballs plain. Make the meal something of an event by introducing varied flavours and textures. Food is meant to be enjoyed, my friends, so ENJOY!
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