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Old 06-08-2017, 02:04 PM   #31
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I wonder if the meatballs would be good without the feta?


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Today is Littlest's birthday, so I've been asking her what she wants to eat for dinner. Her response?
"Cake!"
"How about something for dinner? Can you pick something healthy?"
"I want ice cream and marshmallows and fwosting. Dat's what I want."

I tried all the usual things she'll eat (she's rather picky) and let the other girls weigh in. They decided on cheeseburgers and a salad. Littlest will probably eat some cheeseburger.
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We adore feta so I haven't made them without it, but they are really flavorful with the red wine vinegar and seasonings. I think you should try it! And then let me know what you think.
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:17 PM   #34
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Our local grocery had a "Buy theirs, get ours for free" sale throughout the summer. So in today's sale, if you buy Applegate grass fed beef hot dogs, you get store brand grass fed beef hot dogs for free. Since the boys finished up swim class today, we're celebrating with hot dogs and hamburgers.


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We adore feta so I haven't made them without it, but they are really flavorful with the red wine vinegar and seasonings. I think you should try it! And then let me know what you think.

We can't do red wine vinegar either Sulfite allergy. But I'm still going to try them!


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We can't do red wine vinegar either Sulfite allergy. But I'm still going to try them!


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How about lemon? Lemon, garlic, and oregano are classic Greek flavors. I'd add a bit more salt, too if you leave out the feta. The cheese will add a little bit of moisture as well, so you might want to compensate for that as well. (I add flax meal or grated or pureed veggies to meatballs to keep them from drying out. The breadcrumbs in Italian meatballs is what keeps them soft and moist. Low carb versions can be dry.)
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I often use egg and almond meal.


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Yesterday was gf oven fried chicken with green beans and baked sweet potatos.

Today paprika roasted tempeh with Brussels sprouts onion and peppers
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Oh yes! Meatballs and meatloaf are SO forgiving! I don't even follow a recipe -- just add whatever I feel like it on a whim and it always turns out delicious. I mean, there are some basic rules but it's generally just a improv thing. I'm lucky tho because my whole family LOVES meatloaf and meatballs. So it's hard to go wrong.
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We usually use 85% lean ground beef that is grassfed. That's also forgiving We LOVE the Thai meatballs I've mentioned several times.


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I think a little grated zucchini in the meatballs would be fabulous to add some moisture in place of the feta. I love the lemon idea. I might try that next time I make them.
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Last night was tilapia cooked in the grill pan and winter blend veggies.
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Oh yes! Meatballs and meatloaf are SO forgiving! I don't even follow a recipe -- just add whatever I feel like it on a whim and it always turns out delicious. I mean, there are some basic rules but it's generally just a improv thing. I'm lucky tho because my whole family LOVES meatloaf and meatballs. So it's hard to go wrong.
Absolutely! The only meatballs I've made that haven't turned out well were the batch I made a couple of weeks ago. I jumped on the trend of using sausage - used a lean turkey sausage and cooked everything in the crockpot. The tomato sauce was fantastic, but the meatballs turned out tough. The kids liked them, so but I'm definitely going to tweak the recipe next time. (I think all the fat in the sausage ended up in the sauce.)

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That'll do it. Fat is flavor!

It's funny, how pretty much every culture has a traditional meatball of some sort. Those Thai meatballs look great I've gotta try them. My mom's family (Scandinavian) makes Swedish meatballs, my dad's family makes Italian polpette that are half bread, then there's Egyptian Kofta, Mediterranean lamb meatballs, the Japanese have a version that I forget the name of. I've even seen some made with fish. I'll bet if we all put our heads together we could come up with a month's worth - different flavors for each day!
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My boyfriend and I are having sushi tonight with an old friend of his who is in town visiting
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Last night we had spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw with a mexican salad. I also made a fresh strawberry cake for dessert (but halved the recipe and just made one layer).
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I only had half my family home for dinner tonight so we did simple. Meatball subs with fruit salad and raw veggies and dip for dinner.
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