food: turkey meatballs

on sunday night i had my best friend over for a day of fun times.  we did a 9:30am aquafit class (it’s kinda weird to not be hungover on a sunday, lol) and then went for a hike, which got downsized to more of a walk due to the cold… we watched hockey, drank wine and i made her favourite meal that i cook.  turkey meatballs.

to be honest (and not humble, i’m serious) i don’t really get the allure.  they taste great, but they’re dead simple, and i don’t feel as though i really have a “secret” or “trick” that makes mine better than anyone else’s could be… but she loves them (and LOVES may be an understatement) so i’m happy to oblige.

the plan was to tweak the recipe to make it wheat free.  meaning that i would omit the panko and just use parmesan cheese instead.  but they were too wet and needed the panko to form, so i gave in and accepted that there would have  a trace of wheat.  i probably used 1/3 cup in the whole recipe which made 22 meatballs, so i figured the contamination would be small.

i can honestly say that my body noticed the wheat.  which is pretty scary.  right away, it gave me that gross bloated feeling that i’ve really been enjoying the absence of.  so, what i’m saying is that i’m fully on board with this no wheat thing.  the most surprising thing to me is that i genuinely don’t want it.  this doesn’t feel like a sacrifice or like i’m depriving myself, it just feels healthier.  i was expecting to feel sad and miserable about all the stuff i can’t eat… when really, i’m just excited about what i do eat.  (welcome back to my life, potato chips!)

anyways… back to the meatballs.
what can i say?  it’s a standard meatball recipe.  ground lean turkey, parm cheese, panko, eggs, spices, hot sauce, worcestershire sauce, mix and bake at 375 for 30 minutes, flipping after 20 minutes.

they go in like this…


and then they make friends with a pot of sauce…
this one has onions, garlic, celery, carrots, zucchini & red peppers…


and voila!  turkey meatballs.


i ate mine without pasta, just balls & sauce… and it was just as tasty.  i did buy a rice pasta, but then i figured, fuck it.  i really wasn’t craving pasta or in the mood for it (if you know me, this is the craziest statement i’ve ever said.  i used to ALWAYS want pasta)

this is the strangest thing to wrap my head around about wheat free… the complete absence of craving for wheat, when i used to crave it all the time.  it’s like i’ve broken the addiction and now i’m free.  definitely something i did not anticipate.  also losing 5lbs in the first 4 days?  also something i did not see coming, but i’ll take it.  and jen was right, that wheat belly thing is REAL.

what i’m really struggling with now, is how much shit has wheat in it.  like soy sauce?  really?  i mean, it’s an easy fix, i buy braggs, but my poor husband doesn’t know these tricks yet and bought us teriyaki steaks for dinner tonight.  and i had to point out that the sauce likely has wheat in it, which kinda blew his mind.  he’s starting to believe me when i say this shit is in everything.  the processed food industry are sneaky bastards, look out.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen (Huckdoll)
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 09:43:44

    5 lbs!! So easy. Today is my 2 week marker and I’ve lost a total of 13 lbs … my lowest weight in 2 years … unless my jeans are hot out of the dryer, they are literally falling off. Every single day I still can’t believe it. One of the best things about this way of eating is that you don’t feel like a total space case or shaky or like sleeping all the time, you actually have shit loads of energy. Every day I’m ready to go walk the seawall or hike the Coquitlam Crunch. And you don’t have to feel bad about eating fat, which is a life changer in itself to someone who has spent the majority of their adult life watching calories, fats and portion size.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing the recipe! My girls will especially enjoy it and I’m sure there’s a simple sub for panko. I found a recipe yesterday for grain-free, gluten-free biscuits that can be dried and bread-crumbed (if was actually a GF stuffing recipe). I gotta start sharing my finds and recipes on my blog too … there’s lots of people getting into the wheat free movement right now but just need the inspiration and cooking ideas!


      Dec 08, 2011 @ 07:30:16

      it is pretty amazing stuff. i weighed myself this morning and i’m down 6lbs now. and this is officially 1 week on wheat free for me now, so i’m pretty stoked. not so awesome was eating my sushi dry yesterday at lunch, lol. i’m totally going to start carrying bragg’s in my purse.
      also, this: “you don’t have to feel bad about eating fat, which is a life changer in itself to someone who has spent the majority of their adult life watching calories, fats and portion size.” is pretty much my pure joy in one sentence.


  2. morningaftershow
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 15:31:26

    hard core. Soy sauce? fuck tha world!


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