HIIII!!!! Did you all have a merry Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or Kwanza? Or Christmukkah? I'm sure I'm missing a holiday and I'm sure I've offended someone by doing so. Throw a rock in the Serengeti and you're likely to hit a gazelle. Make a joke in 2016 and you're likely to insult 75% of the planet in some form or fashion. In fact, I'm sure there is a vegan somewhere out there who is drafting hate mail to send my way at this very moment..."WHAT? SHE THROWS ROCKS AT GAZELLES IN THE SERENGETI?!"
But for real...while making off color jokes is one of my favorite pastimes, these days you can barely make fun of yourself without someone else getting offended. Honestly, I'm so happy right now at this point in my life that I don't know if life is better, or if the number of f**ks I give is just slowly dwindling. So here's to 2017 being the year of giving few to zero f**ks...and being able to wish someone a "Merry Christmas" without said individual getting all huffy about your political insensitivity. Like relax homie...sincerest apologies, I didn't realize your best friend's cousin's brother-in-law was Jewish...please wish him a Happy Hanukkah for me. Now excuse me while I go dust these broken egg shells off the bottoms of my feet.
Ok, now that I've probably taken it too far, let's talk about food. If you are anything like me over the holidays, exercising self control is a challenge. And by that I mean taking down about 3 lbs of double chocolate cake with your sister in one sitting after a few too many cocktails is standard. SO, for me, coming off of Christmas and heading into 2017 means getting my sh*t together and not treating my body like a dump truck. I'm sure many of you have set forth a lengthy list of New Year's Resolutions - some of which may be dietary or fitness-related. Alternatively, many of you might simply be planning to kick off 2017 with a Whole 30 type reset. ORRRR you might just be on the hunt for some healthier, real food options to help counter all that double chocolate cake damage you may or may not have done........
To appease all of the above, I've created (yet another) meatball recipe that is Whole 30 approved, easy and delicious. So dust off that crock pot and get to cookin'!
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp sea salt, separated
- 3 tsp black pepper, separated
- 1 tbsp heat-stable cooking oil (coconut, ghee, avocado, etc.)
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 (5 oz) can tomato paste
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, eggs, almond flour, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Form meatballs with the mixture.
- In a large skillet on high heat, warm the oil. Add the meatballs to the hot skillet and brown them on each side for about 2 minutes.
- Transfer the meatballs to the slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
- Serve over your favorite noodles, zoodles or squoodles!