Friday, January 20, 2012

turkey bran meatballs

my little lady is hilarious. her various antics have practically brought me to tears this week. do any other mamas wish they had a video camera built into their forehead to capture it all? i really do.

this is moments after taking a try of one of her favorites...turkey meatballs! she (usually) enjoys sitting in her high chair and watching me cook. i try to tell her everything that i am doing out loud. she babbles along with me and enjoys playing/banging with various kitchen utensils and snacking on cheerios or cheese. little d. has always been a great eater. she has a couple things she won't eat: 1-avocado...maybe because she consumed one a day for almost 4 months and got extremely sick of them? and 2-potatoes....not sweet, not regular, not mashed ONLY if they are french and fried does she care for them. otherwise, she eats it all...favoring broccoli, beans, oat bran, and every single fruit and also enjoying randomness like hummus, shrimp, rice, curry and even cod liver oil. ew. i am so blessed. anyways...protein is hard for the little ones. i have heard it from a lot of moms. until reagan stopped drinking breast milk i wasn't too concerned about it as she was drinking the super food of all super foods. but since last month when she was weaned, i have especially tried to amp up the protein. she tends to like turkey the most and so i have made these delicious, easy meatballs a couple of times. we all love them.

 kd's turkey bran meatballs.

1 small onion grated
4 cloves of garlic
1 egg 1/3 c oat bran (or oatmeal ground up in a blender/coffee grinder)
4 squirts of ketchup
1/4 c chopped fresh parsley or a couple of tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 c parmesan or pecorino romano or both (that's what i like to do)
salt & pepper to taste
1 package of ground turkey (trader joe's and target's usually come in 1 and 1/2 pound packages)

blend everything together except the meat in a large bowl. add meat. form into whatever size meatballs you enjoy...i like them bite size. bake at 375 for about 25-35 minutes (depends on size) on a cookie sheet sprayed with olive oil. enjoy alone, on a sandwich, or with tomato sauce and spaghetti!

1 comment:

  1. that pic of her stuffing one into her mouth is AMAZING.