Tasty Tuesday: Bird Balls

Have I got your attention?  I figured the curious would want to know what this “Bird Ball” think was all about.  This recipe came from the rooms of Weight Watchers but the original recipe can be credited to mud hustler who you can check out on Instagram. The best part is they are only 1 point under the new Weight Watcher Freestyle SmartPoints program.

Cook Time: 20 minutes.     Yields 12 balls.

Ingredients

20 oz. Ground Turkey, 99% Lean
16 oz Ground Chicken Breast, 98% Lean
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs (or 1/2 Cup Almond Flour)
1/2 Cup Grated Romano (or 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast)
2 Eggs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Mix all ingredients.
Form into 12 balls.
Place balls in muffin tin.
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Add a salad and some veggies and you have an awesome Weight Watcher friendly dinner with leftovers for lunch.  What better way to carry your lunch then in the Go To Thermal (pictured).  We don’t call it the Go-To Thermal for nothing! When you think of the universal lunch bag, this is it. With clean lines a simple handle and a variety of prints, this tote is perfect for every member of the family. Features a zip closure and an exterior pocket. Ideal for work, school, sporting events, road trips, golf outings, play dates, fishing trips, pool days and a bunch of other places. Makes a great gift for teachers, neighbors, friends and anyone else who loves to lunch or snack!   The best part is it is machine washable and wipeable lining. Key features: Holds up to 10 lbs. and can be personalized. Available in 5 prints.  Dimensions are: 11”H x 12.5”L at top opening x 8”L at base x 5”D

Give these balls a try and let me know what you think…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Saturday Spotlight: HARVEST

Today’s spotlight is on a local restaurant we stumbled upon in our search for a restaurant with grass feed beef for a good burger.  Thank you YELP for your help.  LOL!

HARVEST Local Seasonal Cuisine is a full service restaurant offering both lunch and dinner. Their focus is preparing wholesome food, from local farmers, bakers and provayers while offering gluten free and healthy meals.

From the minute we walked in, we knew we were going to love it!  The wall was filed with chalkboards listing some of their local farm suppliers.  We knew some of the names and I was excited to know gluten free options were available.

Our waitress (unfortunately, I forget her name) was super friendly and helpful.  She chatted about the daily specials and then left us to scour the menu.  It was easy for hubby – he wanted a burger.  I on the other hand wanted to try so many different things I had a hard time deciding.  When our waitress saw me struggling, she came back to try and help. They did not have gluten free bread but she offered an option for the burger of turning it into a salad with fresh kale and spinach.  I jumped at it and I am so glad I did.  Both burgers were cooked to perfection.  The greens were fresh and the plate looked amazing.  Yup, I forgot to take a picture of mine but here is hubby’s

We were early for the usual lunch crowd but the waitress explained reservations are usually needed for both lunch and dinner.  There is limited seating and they get busy.  They are closed on Mondays too.  They offer full service casual dining between the hours of 11am and 9 pm.

You can find their menu and online food ordering at www.mkt.com/Harvest2go This site was created to serve their busy customers durring their hectic lunch hours (10:30am-5pm). Order your favorite HARVEST meal online.  You can pick up your order at 83 Main St in Farmingdale, it is that simple!

HARVEST LSC menu  was updated this week with some of our Autumn classics.

Let us know what you think….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday – Homemade Hamburger Helper

I know in all of the excitement of kids getting ready for trick or treating, a healthy meal is far from your mind.  Hopefully, they have their BOO bags ready for the “big haul” of candy. 

Here is a quick and easy dinner everyone in the family will love courtesy of Tracey from Tastefully Simple:

In a medium pot on medium low heat:

1 tbsp Tastefully Simple avocado oil
2 tbsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1lb ground beef (or ground turkey)

Cook until meat is no longer pink.

Add following to pot and stir:

3 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1 tsp Tastefully Simple garlic garlic
1 tsp Tastefully Simple seasoned salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp wahoo chili seasoning
2 tbsp all purpose flour

Add following and bring to a boil

1 3/4 -2 cups beef broth
2 cups milk (I use almond milk)
2 cups small pasta (I switch to gluten free pasta)

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer approx 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese, stir until melted.

Want some more yummy recipes?  Check out Tracey’s Tastefully Simple website at: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tbartolomey

Have a ThirtyOne-derful Halloween!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Mexican Pizza Fix

Thank you Hungry Girl for another YUMMY recipe.  I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of portabella mushrooms maybe because I never had the right recipe or didn’t really know how to cook them.  This recipe has changed my mind!

1/2 of recipe (1 pizza-bella): 140 calories, 5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 379mg sodium, 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 15g protein.  SmartPoints® value 3*

Prep: 10 minutes    Cook: 20 minutes     MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

2 large portabella mushroom caps (stems removed)
1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
1 1/2 oz. cooked and finely chopped skinless chicken breast.  (Magic Chicken, anyone?)
1 tbsp. finely chopped bell pepper
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Place mushroom caps on center of the foil, rounded sides down.
  • Place another large piece of foil over the mushrooms. Fold together and seal all four edges of the two foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet. Bake until slightly tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir tomatoes with seasonings.
  • Cut packet to release steam before opening entirely. Remove foil, and carefully drain excess liquid from the baking sheet. Thoroughly blot excess moisture from mushroom caps.
  • Evenly top with seasoned tomatoes, cheese, chicken, and veggies.
  • Bake until mushrooms are tender and cheese has melted, about 8 minutes.
  • Top with cilantro.

Do you have a favorite recipe using portabella mushrooms?  Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Saturday Spotlight: TS Magic Chicken Pizza Crust

WOOHOO!! Time to CELEBRATE the weekend…. What says weekend or football more than pizza, right?  I know LOTS of Tastefully Simple consultants and from each one, I learn something.  I got an amazing recipe from Lisa for Magic Chicken which I shared in July.

At a recent vendor event, Tracey Barolomey told me TS had discontinued their gluten free line.  I was surprised because it was AMAZING but as she explained they could not guarantee there was not cross contamination so they decided to discontinue the line.  What was a girl to do for YUMMY gluten free pizza?

Tracey shared with me this recipe using MAGIC CHICKEN as the crust:

Ingredients:

1 pound magic chicken patted dry and shredded (make it even finer by grinding in a food processor.)

8 – 12 ounces shredded mozzarella

2 eggs

2 tbsp Italian Garlic seasoning

2 tbsp parsley

Parmesan cheese to taste.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Parchment line a cookie sheet
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined well.
  4. Press thin and flat into cookie sheet
  5. Back 20-30 min depending on how crispy you like it
  6. Take out, top with your choice of sauce, cheese and toppings, back in oven until cheese melts

I haven’t tried it yet but I am going to.  My biggest problem is I only do a pound of chicken at a time, I need to do LOTS more so I have leftover chicken as prep for other meals.  Tracey recommends if you are freezing this you do it without toppings.

Want some more yummy recipes?  Check out Tracey’s Tastefully Simple website at: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tbartolomey

I’m thinking this would be a great appetizer to take to a gathering over the holidays.  You could take it warm in Thirty One’s Perfect Party Set.

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  • 1 exterior zipper pocket
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Have a favorite recipe you want to share, send it to me at HopeWs31@gmail.com with the subject “Favorite Recipe”.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!