I’m glad that people are liking the balls that I posted about this week.
It’s really a girl’s dream for her balls to have a fan club.
Ok, I’m done.
I was so pumped about this recipe that I decided that I’m not done talking about it.
(If you know me at all, you know that I get really bad verbal diarrhea when I’m excited about something. My parents used to offer to pay me 25¢ to stop talking for 5 minutes on road trips when I was a little kid. I don’t think I ever collected a cent.)
I’ll get to the point. These meatballs are great for 3 reasons:
1. Foods in ball form are fun. But I’ve discussed this before.
2. They are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to make.
3. They have some really great health benefits.
Number one doesn’t require much discussion. Who doesn’t like a main meal that is as cute as it is versatile? Incidentally, I’ve never been one for BIG meatballs. I figure, if you’re going to make them much bigger than a golf ball you might as well make meatloaf.
Plus they’re great to take as leftovers for lunch all week.
Number two. I’m going to level with you here. This is the first time I bought coconut milk. I guess I always thought of it as exotic, and therefore difficult to find, and expensive. Turns out you can get a can of it at Trader Joe’s for 99¢. Go figure.
The turkey wasn’t more than $6 and the rest of the ingredients I had on hand. You can really use whatever spices you like. I could’ve used fresh ginger but I didn’t have any, so I used ground. No biggie.
One of my favorite things about meals like this (and also why I far prefer cooking to baking) is that you can adapt the ingredient list to suit your budget and your pantry. If you don’t have one of the spices, leave it out! If you don’t have any garlic, leave it out!
So really, you can make this whole recipe for around $7. And it makes 5 servings. Yes, please.
Number three requires a multi-fold explanation. Kind of like multi-fold paper towels.
For starters, these meatballs are great if you’re watching your waistline. Lean ground turkey breast is a really good form of protein. The veggies keep them moist (ew, I hate that word but I had to say it) and the spices give them a ton of flavor. No butter laden gravy necessary. Though I do love butter laden things.
Coconut is really good for you. If you read other healthy living blogs (and certainly if you write your own) you know how people are going coconut CRAZY with coconut butter and coconut water. It has a ton of great properties, one of which is that it’s fungus fighting.
Sounds weird, I know. Around Easter of this year, I did a month long anti-fungal diet (again with that word…gross) to try to heal myself of various minor ailments I’d been feeling (sinus trouble, fatigue, bloating <—TMI, I know) and one of the foods that was encouraged was coconut.
Read up on the anti-fungal thing here. I’ll write a more detailed post later about this eating plan but for now suffice it to say that coconut is really good for you.
My recipe also has a good amount of turmeric in it, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and overall wonder spice. Bonus.
(disclaimer: I’m not a Registered Dietician, just someone who likes food and being healthy at the same time and I read a lot!)
So there you have it. I love meals like this: healthy, easy and leftover-compatible. Oh, and they taste amazing. What more could one ask for?