Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chicken Florentine Meatballs

I can’t believe I didn’t have time to tell you guys about my latest success in the kitchen yesterday!

Wait. Let me back up.

I TOTALLY believe I didn’t have time yesterday – it was a super crazy day at work. I started the day bright and early at Pure Barre. Then rushed over to work to change and get started with my day. It was one of those eat your breakfast while you’re moving days:

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But in between meetings and shipments, something really REALLY exciting happened! My co-worker and I had been talking about window decals for months and yesterday they were finally installed!

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We had two other windows done with stickers that say “Non-Profit” and “Fair Trade” and I absolutely LOVE them! Yes, it truly is the little things in life – like stickers – that can make your day!

So yeah, my day was really really busy yesterday, and I really wish I had had the time to tell you about my latest kitchen success. But better to be a day late than never…right?

The success:

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Chicken Florentine Meatballs – gluten free & paleo

Moist, hearty meatballs with a hint of spinach and lemon served on top of Roasted Spaghetti Squash. I call this a success because I got half way through the food prep and realized I didn’t have any eggs to bind the meatballs!

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Guess what – they didn’t need it! These meatballs were perfectly sticky and totally held together. No problem!

For this dish, I followed THIS RECIPE from Popular Paleo with only a few minor differences.

1. I didn’t use an egg

2. I couldn’t find chicken sausage. So I used AlFresco Italian Chicken Sausage. I removed the casings and then smooshed up the links to make the sausage crumbly.

3. I specifically used King Arthur Golden Flax Meal because it’s Certified Gluten Free.

4. I served my dish with a bit of marinara sauce and loved it!

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I highly recommend this recipe! You could definitely prepare the meatballs ahead of time – even days before – because the leftovers the next day for lunch were still DELICIOUS!

The next time I make them I’m going to skip the paleo route and try adding a bit of cheese inside the meatball. I’m interested to see if it will still hold shape.

I hope you try this recipe!