Turkey Meatball Sliders

Have you seen that Tasty video going around about the sliders 4 different ways? They look amazing but definitely not healthy. One thing I love to do is take a yummy but unhealthy meal and make a clean-er version of it. The only thing unclean about these are the rolls– and you could buy fresh bakery whole grain rolls to clean that up a bit.

These are a HUGE hit at parties too! Make a double batch and take them along to your next event.

Here is my take on the sliders:

Clean Eating Turkey Meatball Sliders:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • Whole Wheat Slider Rolls (package of 12)
  • Fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced into 12 slices
  • Rao’s tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, grated
  • Italian seasoning blend, 1 tbsp.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Mix ground turkey with Italian seasonings, then press it into the bottom of a glass baking pan that has been sprayed with Olive Oil cooking spray. Bake the meat at 350 for 20 minutes until cooked through and then drain the liquid off. I had to slice the meat into strips since it shrunk and did not fill up the entire pan space. Use whole wheat slider rolls, no sugar added tomato sauce (Rao’s is a great brand!) and fresh mozzarella cheese. I brushed the tops with olive oil that had fresh garlic and Italian seasonings stirred into it. Bake the whole thing again at 350 for 20 minutes. My kids and husband loved these and have already asked when I can make them again!!

 

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Super Bowl Recipe Alert! Buffalo Chicken Meatballs!

Clean Eating Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

So, you have started a new health and fitness program and made it all the way through January. Then BOOM- the Super Bowl comes, with all of it’s snacks, sodas, and fried finger foods. Not to mention a party full of people who have long since abandoned their resolutions and cannot wait to talk you into doing the same thing.

Before you think about staying home, alone, and eating your pre-prepped clean foods, think again! You CAN and should enjoy going to parties while still working on your goals. Being able to find balance and enjoy life while eating well is CRUCIAL to your success and your ability to stick with a plan for better nutrition!

Here are my best tips to do just that! And a recipe for a super yummy and clean appetizer that even your non-healthy food loving friends will eat!

TOP 5 Tips for enjoying a party while working on your nutrition goals:

  1. Make and take a clean dish to the party. These meatballs are the perfect appetizer to share!
  2.  Eat something before you go so that you do not arrive in a state of hanger and end up overeating. My favorite pre-party snacks include Shakeology, or a greek yogurt smoothie. You fill up on protein and nutrients and don’t go straight for the food when you arrive.
  3. Fill your plate with veggies and the most nutritious options. No one ever eats from the veggie tray at the party so I know there will be plenty of fresh veggies there for you! After the first fill up, enjoy a bite or two of the foods you want to taste, and leave the rest alone.
  4. Get busy doing something away from the food. Play a tailgate game, chat with an old friend, ask the hostess if you can help in any way. When you are busy socializing, you won’t be mindlessly munching.
  5. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. This helps you stay full and is great for flushing out toxins too!

 

Here is a great recipe to bring along! Stay tuned this week as I share more ideas for  clean eating party foods that really taste great!

Buffalo chicken meatballs:

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken

3 green onions, diced

1 tub of blue cheese crumbles

1 egg

1 tsp garlic and herb seasoning

1 tsp dill seasoning

salt and pepper

Sauce:

1 cup greek yogurt

1/2 Cup Blue Cheese crumbles

Garlic and herb seasoning

Dill seasoning

 

Buffalo Sauce: ½ cup honey and ½ cup Franks red hot (do not buy the Franks Wing Sauce)

 

For the meatballs:

Combine the meat, egg, seasonings, ½ cup of blue cheese crumbles, and green onions in a bowl. Use a small scooper to make even meatballs about 1 tablespoon each. Lay a piece of foil on a baking sheet and place meatballs evenly apart. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the honey and Franks red hot. Let simmer until well combined. After meatballs are cooked, place them into a dish and cover them with the sauce.

Want clean blue cheese sauce? Combine greek yogurt with blue cheese crumbles and more garlic powder and dill. Use a little bit of milk to thin this and drizzle it over the meatballs or serve it on the side.

 

Enjoy!

-Kate

 

 

Clean Eating Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad! It is such an easy and filling lunch. I make a big batch of this on Sundays and take it with me all week to work. This recipe combines some great spices with sweet fruits and crunchy walnuts and celery so it is not-your-average chicken salad.

A working mom’s best friend is a rotisserie chicken. Try to find an organic version if you can. Buying a fully cooked chicken makes this recipe take less than 10 minutes to prepare. Did you hear that? An entire week worth of work lunches prepped and ready to go in just 10 minutes? It can be done! I place the finished chicken salad into 5 separate containers and grab one each morning to pop into my lunch bag.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken 2-3 lbs (breasts removed, meat diced)
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 medium green apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup purple grapes, halved
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp McCormick Garlic and Herb seasoning
  • 1 tsp McCormick Lemon and Herb seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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  1. Mix greek yogurt with seasonings, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add in the chopped grapes, celery, chicken, green apple, and walnuts. Stir until all ingredients are coated well.
  3. Portion this out into 3/4 cup to 1 cup servings. Makes 5 servings.IMG_4326