2 pounds free range organic ground turkey- we use Heidi’s Hens® Certified Organic Turkey
1 1/2 cups gluten-free bread crumbs
1 large spring onion or scallion (or 2 small), diced fine
1 medium large carrot, processed or diced very fine
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro leaves
1 organic free-range egg, beaten
Juice from 1 fresh medium lime
1 tablespoon molasses or wheat-free tamari sauce
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar or real maple syrup
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste (use less salt if you use tamari sauce)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with a reusable Exopat or Silpat. Or double up baking sheets and line the upper pan with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, break apart and blend the ground organic free-range turkey with the gluten-free bread crumbs, using a sturdy metal spoon. Add in the diced spring onion, processed carrot, minced garlic, grated ginger, and fresh herbs. Mix just until blended. Add in the egg, fresh lime juice, molasses (or wheat-free tamari), agave. Mix lightly. Season with salt and pepper as you go- but don’t add too much salt- especially if you use tamari sauce, which is already salty.
Form 28 meatballs using the palms of your hands to roll and round spoonfuls of the mixture. They should be roughly the size of a golf ball. Place the turkey meatballs on the lined baking sheet as you roll them. Wash your hands in hot soapy water- you know this, right?
Bake the meatballs in the center of a pre-heated oven for about 20 to 30 minutes until no longer pink inside. Place the baking sheet on a cooling rack and brush them with a little olive oil.
GLUTEN-FREE ASIAN NOODLES Ingredients:
1 package gluten-free noodles or spaghetti
Vegetable oil, as needed
2-3 spring onions or scallions, sliced (white and light green sections)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh diced chile, or hot pepper flakes, to taste
1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger- or to taste
3-4 carrots sliced into matchsticks
3 tablespoons molasses or gluten-free Tamari
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Sea salt, to taste
1 12-oz. bag of baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons each of fresh chopped parsley, mint and cilantro
Bring a pasta pot of water to a rapid boil. Add a dab of vegetable oil. Add the noodles and stir. Cook the quinoa noodles until they are al dente- firm to the bite- not mushy! 4 to 6 minutes. Don’t overcook. I mean it.
Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large wok style pan or skillet over medium-high heat and add in the spring onions, garlic, chile, ginger, and carrots. Stir-fry until the carrots are tender-crisp. They should be done roughly in 4-5 minutes.
Add in the molasses and balsamic vinegar (or if using tamari sauce, use that in place of molasses) and stir to coat. Taste test to see if the carrots need a little salt.
Drain the al dente noodles and quickly add them into the wok/skillet mixture, tossing lightly to coat the strands. Add or adjust seasonings to taste.
Add in the baby spinach and toss again- just to heat through to barely wilting- not even a minute.
Add in half the chopped fresh herbs and toss a bit.
Plate the noodles immediately. Add the turkey meatballs.
This is my own special recipe for outstanding (if I do say so myself) Beef Stroganoff. Easy to prepare, and ready in under one hour, this will be a big hit around the dinner table. Give it a try and rake in the rave reviews!
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 pound sirloin cut into tips.
1 large yellow onion, chopped.
1/4 cup all purpose flour.
1/4 teaspoon paprika.
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.
2 tablespoons minced garlic.
pinch, sea salt.
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
1/4 cup red wine.
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
5 tablespoons unsalted butter.
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms.
1 1/2 cups beef stock.
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard.
1/4 cup fresh parsley.
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper.
1/4 cup sour cream.
1 1/2 ounces Philly cream cheese.
Place the beef into a large bowl. Stir in the red wine, salt, and black pepper. Marinate for 10 minutes, then remove the beef and pat dry with a paper towel. Reserve the remaining marinade.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the beef; cook and stir until browned, then transfer to a plate, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain any remaining grease from the skillet.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Cook and stir until the onion is soft and translucent. Transfer the onion mixture to the plate with the prepared beef; set aside.
Melt another 2 tablespoons butter in the same skillet over medium heat, and stir in the mushrooms. Cook and stir until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. Place the cooked mushrooms in a bowl and set aside.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet. Whisk in the flour, cook and stir until the flour no longer tastes raw, about 4 minutes.
Slowly whisk in the beef stock. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to medium low.
Pour in the reserved red wine marinade, Worcestershire sauce, prepared mustard, and red pepper flakes, then add the beef and onion mixture. Season with salt and black pepper. Cover and simmer until the meat is tender, about 1 hour.
Stir in the mushrooms, sour cream, and cream cheese about 5 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle fresh parsley garnish over top and serve atop egg noodles.