During my weight loss journey, the times when I steadily lost weight was when I had paleo-approved snacks easily available when I got hungry. This is especially important for breakfast or post workout because those are the times I feel like I’m starving and have a hard time making good food choices. While I’m not 100% paleo, I try to have meat and veggies prepped and ready to warm up or throw together as a skillet dish.
My goal is to make a week’s worth of lunches and dinners, then portion them out into containers. I’m not there yet so for now it’s partial meal prep.
Turkey Pesto Meatballs
Savory Sausage Patties
This Monday, I made homemade turkey pesto meatballs and caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, pesto sausage patties. I realized it didn’t take very long to make homemade meatballs and since I made them myself, I knew exactly what went into them. No breadcrumbs or panko to bind them together. The recipe for turkey pesto meatballs were inspired by my daughter Marissa who made them during my visit to Arizona.
2 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 stalk green onion
3 tbsp pesto
3 or 4 tbsp. sundried tomatoes (diced)
1 egg (beaten)
2 tbsp cracked black pepper
1 tbsp sea salt
Coconut oil to grease cookie sheet with edges (see picture)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Put about a tablespoon of coconut oil on the cookie sheet and put it in the oven while it’s preheating. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven after 2 minutes and roll the melted oil around the pan. Since I am lazy and hate to wash dishes, I try to dirty as few pans as possible. You will use this pan for after you form the meatballs and stick it back into the oven.
Beat the egg, put the ground turkey and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix everything together. Next form the meatballs, I make mine slightly smaller because they cook faster and I mentally feel fuller because it seems like I get to eat more. Put the meatballs on the greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes, take it out, turn the meatballs over and bake for another 5 minutes until it’s browned.