And although January is speeding by, the start of a new year seems to be a good a time as any to begin a change of lifestyle, yes? Yes!
Usually I avoid stepping the the bathroom scale (can you say denial?!) Yes.
But with trepidation I did step up, and you know what? The numbers staring back at me weren't nearly as dreadful as I thought they might be. Yay!
My goal is to lose 20 pounds and I'll be very happy to be feeling better, more energetic and fit back into those 6/8's at the far corner of my closet, which haven't seen the light of day in far too long. :)
So I'm two weeks into a change of eating habits and feeling better already.
Here's my plan:
To prepare and eat more "clean" type recipes ~ (Fresh, healthful, and lighter in calories and fat), while trying to reduce processed foods. So far it's been easy, and no deprivation or feeling hungry at all.
This is a recipe which fits the criteria ~ I tried and really liked it, you may like it too, I don't think anyone would reject it as being "diet" food because it's delicious ~ slightly spicy, slightly sweet and very satisfying.
The recipe as I originally found it in "Everyday Food" magazine ~ was for typical golf-ball size meatballs. But I'm more of a " snacky" kind of person, so I made them mini-size (about 1-inch in diameter) ~ perfect no-guilt party size munchies. Plus you get more of the yummy glaze per bite when you make them smaller!
The recipe is so simple . . . for the meatballs the ingredients are just lean ground turkey, minced onion, minced garlic, and salt and pepper, gently mixed together. No breadcrumbs or eggs necessary ~ but you could certainly add any herbs you like ~ thyme, sage, etc. I didn't bother this time and they were perfectly flavorful.
Once the meat is mixed form into any size meatballs you like, brown them in a tiny bit of olive oil in an ovenproof skillet. Place in a 375˚F oven for a few minutes.
While the meatballs are in the oven chop a tablespoon or two of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (from the can), and mix with 2 Tablespoons of honey, heat and stir together to blend and warm. Remove the meatballs from the oven, pour the glaze over and swirl the pan to coat evenly. Allow to simmer for just a moment or two on the stovetop to reduce the glaze slightly, then serve and enjoy.
Only 149 calories per portion, 7 grams fat, 17 g protein and wonderful flavor, too.
If you would like a printable copy of the recipe please click HERE.
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