Olive Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Olive Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Lean, ground turkey paired with Italian seasoning and tender olives, make these meatballs something special. The key to keeping this savory meal healthy is to pair it with a side of vegetables, rather than starchy pasta.

Servings: 5
Recipe courtesy of Diana Keullian

Here’s what you need…

  • 20 oz Italian Seasoned Lean Ground Turkey
  • 30 pitted olives
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  1. Take one tablespoon of ground turkey at a time; flatten it in your hand and form around an olive to create a ball. Repeat with all of the turkey and olives.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and spread around the pan. Add the meatballs.
  3. Turn the meatballs every 3 minutes for 20 minutes of cooking. Remove once all sides are browned and the meatballs are cooked through.
  4. Serve on a platter with any remaining olives.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 205 calories, 12g fat, 800mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, and 20g protein.

Pressure Cooker Oatmeal

Pressure Cooker Oatmeal

When my sister in law acquired a pressure cooker for me at a super low price I was overjoyed.  I use it often for stews and soups but I had not tried to use it for breakfast foods.  I love oatmeal.  It doesn’t have to be winter for me to enjoy a nice big bowl of the stuff with a bunch of great toppings.  But since I only like steel cut oats that meant either cooking them overnight in a slow cooker or soaking overnight and then spending 40 minutes at the stove.  NOT ANYMORE!

Enter the pressure cooker…  Once all ingredients are in and the pressure is reached it only takes ten minutes.  That’s right.  TEN MINUTES.  And since I love to share here is one of my basic recipes.  You can use plain water, your favorite almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, etc.  I like mine with a little water and 1%milk.  You can play with the proportions until you find the right consistency.  3 cups of liquid will yield a less creamy oatmeal. Adding that extra 1/2 cup makes it creamier.

Recipe

3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 peeled and roughly diced apples
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups milk of your choice

Warm up the pressure cooker and sauté the oats in the oil.  If you want to skip this step it’s fine but doing this enhances the flavor and adds to the overall pleasure party with your taste buds!  Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and set your timer for 10 minutes.  If you have an old fashioned cooker bring it to a boil, cover and cook for ten minutes.  Release the pressure, stir and YUM!

Here’s my version for today

I added fresh blueberries, dried golden berries and a nice spoon-full of chia seeds along with a dollop of Manuka honey.

Variations

Try cutting up a couple peaches and adding those instead of the apples.  You can also add raisins and other dried fruit to cook along with the oats.  Use your imagination!

Delicious, nutritious and fast steel cut oats.

Delicious, nutritious and fast steel cut oats.