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This recipe originated as one of those “dump everything in a bowl and hope it turns out ok” experiments. I’ve found that ground turkey can seem a little “wet” even after cooking so adding quite a bit of bread crumbs and only dry ingredients other than the egg seemed like a good idea. Turns out is was. Great flavor and texture. This is my attempt at coming close to actual measurements.

1. I started with a package of 93/7 ground turkey (about 1 1/4 lbs).

2. Then I broke up 4 slices whole grain white bread and pulsed it in the blender to make crumbs. It totalled about 2 cups. I added the crumbs and 1 large egg to the turkey in a large bowl.

3. Next I added about 1 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp dried basil, 1-2 tsp Italian seasoning that included rosemary and sage (crushed to break up the rosemary), 1/4-1/2 tsp granulated garlic and 1 tsp dried minced onion.

4. You can’t make meatballs without getting your hands dirty so I mixed it all up with my hands then shaped the mixture into balls. This batch made 48 that were about 1 inch in diameter.

5. While I was shaping the meatballs I was heating a large skillet on medium. Just before adding them I poured in 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil. Then I browned them by swirling the skillet every few minutes. During that time I cooked pasta according to the package directions.

6. Once the meatballs were cooked through I removed half to save for another meal and added Prego Heart Smart Sauce which has less sodium and let it simmer for a few minutes.

7. I added the pasta to the skillet and tossed to coat, then served it with grated parmesan cheese. Yummm!!

Today is Easter which means different things to different people, but one thing seems to be the same with everyone…food. I find it interesting that humans include food as such an important part of their celebrations. Why do you think that is? Please leave a comment with your theories. In the spirit of all that food, here are the photos I’ve taken of things I’ve eaten over the past couple of weeks. (It’s about time I finally got around to posting them.) Scroll over the photos if you want to see the descriptions. If you want a recipe or more info, just ask!

Interesting how much leftover pizza we have when I actually pay attention to how much I’m eating.

Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeology made with water, 4oz 1% milk, rum extract, cinnamon and ice

AM Snack – P90X Chocolate Peanut Butter protein bar

Lunch – 3oz Barilla Plus angel hair, 2/3c peas, 3/4c sliced mushrooms, 1Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 2 1/2oz rotisserie chicken breast, 1oz feta, salt and pepper – sooooo good

PM Snack – Yoplait Light Strawberry yogurt, 8 raw pecan halves

Dinner – 1c chili, 1/2 large English cucumber, 1Tbs Wishbone Italian dressing, 2 Extra Thin yellow corn tortillas, 1oz part-skim mozarrella cheese

Dessert – because my husband was a little hurt that I hadn’t eaten any his V-day gift – 5 Ghirirdelli Dark Chocolate Caramel filled hearts

Total Calories – 2077, Protein – 129 grams, Carbs – 231 grams, Fat – 75 grams, Fiber – 30 grams

Protein 24%, Carbs 43%, Fat 33%   Higher percentage from fat than I would like, but the chocolate was a nice treat. ❤