Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

I’ve got a quickie post for ya today. It’s a recipe for something I whipped up recently that the whole family enjoyed. Yumness all around!

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If I’d thought ahead, I would have gotten out the good camera, but… ummm… I didn’t. My food photography skills aren’t worth the effort anyway. Ha.

Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup freshly grated zucchini
  • 2 TBS oats
  • 1-2 tsp ground flax
  • 1 egg
  • 1.3 lb lean turkey (I *think* I used 93%.)
  • 1 TBS squeeze tube basil (or dried or chopped fresh)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Place zucchini in a paper towel and squeeze out excess water. It doesn't need to be completely dry because a little water will help add moisture to the meatballs. We just don't want them soggy.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Just get in there and use your hands. Feel free to throw in a little of whatever else your family likes, like a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, or in my case, a little leftover diced onion.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls (24 seemed just right - 5 for mom, 5 for dad, 2 for baby, and that exact amount for leftovers). Bake for about 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

Ground beef and turkey seems to be on sale right now for Labor Day burger grilling. We’re grilling beef burgers Saturday night (turkey usually doesn’t cut it for me), but I may pick up more turkey for another batch of these babies.

turkeyTo all of you enjoying a long weekend for Labor Day, may you have no sunburns, a few good beers, and loads of fun!

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Thursday Thoughts

Hello! Just popping in with a few thoughts that have popped into my head recently. Thanks Spoons for hosting the linkup!

thinking out loud1. Ethan update. He has taken his first steps but isn’t actually “walking” yet. We’ll keep working on it. For now he’s happy being pushed.

stroller2. Retired parents come in handy, especially when your dad helps you disassemble, clean, and reassemble your kegerator on a hot summer afternoon. Maybe I’ll pay him in beer once we finally get a keg, which we plan to do for Ethan’s birthday party. What? Not everyone gets a keg for their kid’s first birthday?

keg3. Speaking of beer, this happened yesterday. I’ve checked into 200 beers on Untappd, which is funny since I don’t feel like I use it all that much, though I have been using a it a bit more lately. Yesterday’s #200 beer was Samuel Smith’s nut brown ale, a true classic – also one I’ve had before but not logged on the app.

untappd4. Ethan also gives kisses now. It melts my heart every.single.time.

5. Oh, and when I searched my photos for the “Thinking Out Loud” graphic, I typed in “thinking.” This came up, and I just had to share. He was so tiny!!

cute6. I really need to go do some yoga or pilates now. I’m procrastinating. E and I went for a run yesterday on account of the slightly cooler morning temps, so today is yoga day. Ughh, not my fav. Hopefully E naps long enough for me to get it done.

Saved by the fuss. Sounds like someone just woke up. Maybe later! ;)

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Whey I Ate Wednesday

I have been proteinified. My food contained whey too much protein (pun intended… sorry), so this week’s What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) is actually Whey I Ate Wednesday.

wiawLet me just say that I don’t have a protein supplement daily, but when I do, I generally stick to one, like protein oats for breakfast or a shake after a workout, not both. But what can I say, it happens.

Breakfast: protein oats with diced apricot (no pic)

Snack: half a lemon Quest bar (had the other half Monday, so I haaaad to finish it) that I ate on the way to the park

parkLunch: veg bowl with edamamae, carrot, bell pepper, red onion, and a little bit of homemade sauce I whipped up for a wee bit of flavor (cilantro, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar) followed by a little banana bread

vegFollowed shortly after with banana bread that I baked with the protein pumpkin bars on Monday while I whipped up the quinoa veg bowl and made dinner in the crock pot…. Monday was busy.

prepSnack: protein pumpkin bread and a little pb since it didn’t turn out too well on its own

pumpkinDinner: leftover crock pot buffalo chicken (based on this recipe with Greek yogurt for extra creamy goodness) and parsnip fries

parsnipE loves parsnip fries like his mama!

**Parsnip Fries – Wash, peel, and cut parsnips into thin fry-like strips. Coat with a little olive oil and salt. Spread out on a foil-lined pan. Roast at 400 for 12-15 minutes. Flip. Roast 10-15 more minutes, watching closely.

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Training Tuesday

I think it’s time for a little training update. I have a recipe I want to share, but I think that can wait until Thursday.

I have a mere 18 miles between me and my half marathon. After completing my last long run this weekend, it’s pretty smooth sailing from here. Since Ethan and I completed 3 stroller miles yesterday, it looks something like this:

  • cross-train today, yoga Wed, 3 Thurs, pilates Fri, 5 Sat, rest Sunday
  • 4 or 5 Mon, strength Tue, 3 Wed, pilates Thurs, rest Fri, 2 Sat, RACE Sun

For the past month, I haven’t been following a set strength routine. Earlier in training I followed this functional routine (back before I had a falling out with my gym’s child care), and then I did some of the Tone It Up bikini series plan. The last plan I followed included this booty burner for leg day.

weightBut I’ve now been switching it up based on what my body needs. It feels good since running is the priority right now, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t eager to get back to something more planned and rigid.

Given my current home-gym restrictions, and no, I don’t have much of a home gym, I’ve found video workouts quite helpful.

I was recently given a free month subscription to FitFusion, which I’ve enjoyed. You can pay the monthly subscription and access loads of video workouts via your computer, phone, or iPad. If the subscription option isn’t for you, single videos can be downloaded.

fitfusionI’ve tried a yoga video, strength circuit, and a few full-body routines. I’ve been pleased with most of them. In order to streamline my review, I’ll list a few pros and cons.

Pros

  • Great for people like me who don’t have access to a gym
  • Workouts of various lengths are available, 10 minutes to over an hour (many 50+ min)
  • There’s variety, yoga, pilates, circuits, some strength
  • Renowned trainers, Jillian Michaels, Tara Stiles, Billy Banks, etc.

Cons

  • I can’t do much video cardio; my joints dislike plyometrics. (That’s a personal thing though.)
  • Similar videos can be found on YouTube for free, like videos from Cassey Ho, Jillian Michaels, Zuzska Light, the Tone It Up girls

In summary, I recommend the service to those stuck at home or who travel regularly (hotel workouts). I also recommend it to Jillian Michaels fans since there are quite a few on there. However, I do not intend to pay for the subscription myself since I fancy making up my own routines and finding free things elsewhere. #cheap

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The Gift

Hello & Happy Monday! I wanted to start this post off with the quote of the weekend.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

I don’t recall who said it, and I don’t know why it stuck in my head. But I think we can all agree that it’s a good one.

It popped in my head around mile 9 of my 11-mile long run this weekend. I may not be the fastest or most enduranced runner out there, but I have two feet, two strong legs, and CAN run. That in and of itself is a gift.

Obviously, when you look at it like that, the quote applies to more than sports. Sometimes I think we’re all trying to do more, more, more, and stay busy, busy, busy. Perhaps we should focus on doing what we do but doing it right.

Running faster/further. Studying longer/harder. Mothering with more simple sweetness and less Pinterestness. Or simply loving with more of our hearts. Cheesy? Perhaps. But I bet it’s something we all could work on.

Okay, I’m done. ::stepping off soapbox::

In other news, I completed those 11 miles at a pace of 9:14/mile, and I feel ready for my race in two weeks. I almost wish it were this weekend!

I also enjoyed the Keith Urban concert with the girls on Friday. Such fun!

concertAnd I had a lovely family birthday dinner on Saturday. I love seeing Ethan with his great grandfather; they’re adorable together!

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