Some questions just aren’t always that simple to answer. Do you remember the scene turned meme from the Notebook? Noah asks, “What do you want? What do you want?” Ally replies, “It’s not that simple!”
Yeah, that’s how it goes down at dinner somedays.
Here was my plan for the week! Using a theme for each night just makes dinner a little more fun!
- Meatball Marinara Monday
- Taco Tuesday (is there any other way?)
- Wild-caught Wednesday
- Throw-Down Thursday
- Un-Fried Friday
- Scrambled up Saturday
- Pancake Sunday (when it’s about pancakes no need for all the alliteration)
This helps me to build a menu for the week. Set a silly Theme and make your dinner match whatever it is. No need for alliteration. However, it does make it a bit fun to announce dinner.
This week I thought about how many times I have gone to the grocery store without a plan. I always spend more money and end up forgetting something. Going prepared when you’re eating a clean diet that is gluten free is essential to your successful week of meal preperation! Eating clean and being gluten free does take away some of the convenience that you may be accustomed to. Here are a few things that going armed with a menu and list help me with…
- Save Money
- Purchase only necessary items (that’s part of the save money)
- Don’t stress at mealtime
- Look forward to preparing dinner
- Feel accomplished
- Eat healthier
- Have leftovers for lunch
- Have more variety of foods
- We enjoy our evening and dinner is FUN!
- Don’t need to make multiple trips to the store during the week.
So for our first recipe to get you started for your next Monday…
Meatball Marinara Monday!
We are going for a little convenience when possible for our dinners. So this meal is going to use a good quality store bought marinara sauce and some rice flour pasta. Eating gluten free pasta usually requires a little adjustment of your expectations. Some of you may already be doing things like making Zoodles (zucchini noodles) and that’s awesome! Stick with that if you are being very strict about your grains and flours.
- 16 oz ground turkey, organic
- 2 slices gluten free bread
- 2 whole eggs, free range
- 1/2 cup milk, unpasteurized Grassfed if possible
- 1 tsp granulated garlic, organic
- 1 tsp onion powder, organic
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning, organic
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup Bulgarian Feta, crumbled
- 1 tbsp fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp Butter, grassfed
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 jar of Marinara Sauce, organic with no added sugar
*Note that all of my ingredients,with the exception of the raw Grassfed milk, were purchased at my local Kroger*
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a mixing bowl, soak the 2 slices of bread in the 1/2 cup of milk
- Add the turkey and remaining ingredient to the bowl. Stir until combined.
- Using a 3/4 oz scoop portion out the meatballs. This usually yields about 18-20 meatballs.
- They will be a bit loose and fragile, no need to hand roll them. Just use a scoop or spoon and drop them into the pan.
- Heat your skillet to a medium high heat. Add butter and olive oil.
- Place each meatball in the skillet to brown. They will take about 2-3 minutes per side. Carefully turn them over to brown on all sides. You will need to do this in two batches so they don’t crowd the pan.
- Remove the meatballs from the skillet and place on the lined baking sheet. Place in the oven to finish cooking for about 8 minutes.
- Remove from oven, add Marinara Sauce to your skillet and bring to a simmer. Slide the meatballs into the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the meatballs and let simmer for about 5 minutes on a medium low heat. Sprinkle a little extra chopped parsley over the top and serve over whatever “pasta” you prefer.
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