Gluten-Free Sherried Turkey Pretzel Balls

Last night, I picked up ground turkey from the gourmet market on my corner and I couldn’t resist creating a tasty dinner with it…I debated a turkey loaf, turkey mini loaves and turkey balls.  Well, the balls won out and they were amazing.

I crushed a handful of gluten-free pretzels for a unique texture to these balls…I also opted for a touch of sweetness by incorporating the sherry, agave nectar, stevia and dried cranberries.  These turkey balls were a perfect dinner served atop a bed of sauteed vegetables and Greek yogurt dipping sauce.  The best part?  I made just enough to bring the leftovers for my lunch tomorrow…

My philosophy: Cook once, eat twice…can’t beat it!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup cooking sherry
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 Eggland’s Best egg white
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free pretzel crumbs, mashed
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Organic tomato sauce
  • Nutritional yeast

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the above ingredients.  Mix well using hands.
  • Form into ball shapes and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake fin the oven or 30 minutes or until browned and completely cooked.
  • Serve with organic tomato sauce and sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
  • Enjoy!

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Fabulous Falafel Balls

Last night I decided to create a tasty, unique dinner…something I’ve never made before…falafel balls, and boy o’ boy did they turn out delicious!  With the big snow storm coming our way, I snuggled into my apartment and created a warm falafel pita overflowing with extra veggies, of course.  The combination of seeds, nuts n’ chickpeas makes this dish incredibly palate pleasing.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned chick peas, drained, rinsed and mashed
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups bran crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews, finely ground
  • 2 Tbsp. butter substitute
  • Egg substitute for 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Dash of coriander
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • Whole grain or gluten-free pita bread
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup dark leafy greens
  • Fresh lemon wedges

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except butter and egg substitute; mix well.
  • Slowly add eggs and melted butter substitute.
  • Shape with hands into ball forms approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Roll balls in bran crumb mixture.
  • Place balls on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • Let falafel balls cool and stuff into pita bread with cucumbers, onion, greens and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
  • Drizzle with juice from lemon wedges.
  • Enjoy!

Homemade Ketchup

Here is a fabulous recipe that I use to top my bean burgers and use as a dip with my veggie fries…this ketchup is a health alternative to the store bought, processed ketchup brands that are full of sodium, additives and HFCS!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. stevia
  • 1 (6 oz.) can organic tomato paste
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. brown rice miso paste
  • 1 tsp. of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the above ingredients. Whisk together until fluffy texture.
  • You can also use a hand electric mixer; this will ensure a whipped ketchup consistency.
  • Enjoy!

Collard Wraps

Today for lunch, I packed my special Collard Wraps…they were the perfect way to kick off the 1st day of September.  Fresh, local veggies stuffed inside collards with a delicious and tangy dipping sauce…yum…is your mouth watering yet?

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Ingredients

Collard Wraps:

  • 6 Large Collard Green Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. Hummus (Any Flavor of Choice)
  • 1 tsp. Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 cup Mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 Ruby Red Grapefruit, peeled and pieced out of skin
  • 1 cup Sprouts
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Dash of lime juice
  • Dash of balsamic vinegar
  • Dash of Dulse flakes
  • Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Yogurt Dipping Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Agave Nectar

Directions

  • Steam collards for 1 minute. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine nutritional yeast, lime juice, hummus, chili powder, Nu-Salt, pepper, dulse flakes, flax seeds and balsamic vinegar. Mix well.
  • Spoon mixture into the center of each collard leaf.  Spread evenly.
  • Top each leaf with mushrooms, avocado, cucumbers, sprouts, sun-dried tomatoes and grapefruit pieces.
  • Wrap the leaf like a burrito and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • For dipping sauce: In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, agave nectar and tomato paste; mix well.  Set aside in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Enjoy the collard wraps dipped into the yogurt dipping sauce.
  • Yum!

Chilled Gazpacho Chili

This is a great dish for a warm August evening such as tonight…the next time you’re in the mood for the intense flavor and hearty taste of a chili but with a light, cool taste…be sure to whip up this refreshing gazpacho chili.

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Ingredients

  • Protein of choice (Ground Turkey, Chicken, Bison, Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, etc.)
  • 1 can Eden Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Scallion (chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 cup Corn
  • 1  Poblano Pepper (chopped/seeded)
  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp.  Ground Cumin
  • 1 can Eden Organic Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can Eden Organic Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 can Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 Avocado (chopped)
  • 1 Mango (peeled and sliced)
  • 8 Lime Wedges
  • Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add chicken broth, onion, poblano pepper, garlic and protein of choice.  Cook for 10 minutes or until protein source has fully cooked; stir frequently until protein starts to crumble.  Remove from heat.
  • Stir in chili powder, cumin, tomato paste, Nu-Salt and pepper, corn and both cans of beans.  Mix well.
  • Remove from heat and let cool in the refrigerator.
  • Transfer in to serving bowls and top with cilantro, mango and avocado slices.
  • Serve with limes.
  • Enjoy!

Salmon Stuffed Cabbage

This stuffed cabbage variation goes out to my mother, Joann and my dear grandmother, Isabel who made a similar dish when I was a young girl.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Head of Cabbage
  • 1 lb. Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon
  • 1 cup finely Chopped Onion
  • 1 Egg
  • Dash of Nu-Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 cup cooked Brown Rice
  •  12 oz Organic Tomato Paste
  • 3 cups water
  • Toothpicks
  • Dash of Olive Oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  • Core the cabbage and place head down in a pot of boiling water (enough water to cover cabbage head). Turn off heat. 
  • When cabbage softens, remove from water and separate leaves, leaving them whole.
  • Trim heavy vein down to make it look flat
  • Combine olive oil, onion, egg, seasonings of choice, rice and salmon in a bowl.  Mix well.
  • In a separate pot mix tomato paste and water over low heat. Mix until smooth-do not boil.
  • In the center of each cabbage leaf place a nice dollop sized amount (about 3 tbsp. of this filling mixture).  Fold two sides down toward center and roll.  Secure with toothpicks.
  • Place cabbage sacks in a large casserole dish (spray with olive oil first) and pour tomato paste on top-covering cabbage sacks.
  • Place into oven for 30 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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