Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gluten-Free Meatballs with Hemp Hearts and Parmesan Cheese

Recently, I have been making a lot of ground beef/turkey veggie sautés. I sauté equal parts of veggies (onions, garlic, carrots, celery, mushrooms, etc.) and ground beef/turkey and then season the mixture with salt, pepper, curry, cardamon, or whatever else I feel like at the moment. I have been eating this mixture over lettuce or roasted veggies. While I like eating similar foods for weeks on end, I decided it was time to change things up a bit and therefore made some meatballs. To make the meatballs gluten free, I used hemp seeds and Parmesan cheese in place of breadcrumbs.

The boys ate the meatballs on top of some gluten-free pasta with a salad on the side, and I enjoyed them with some roasted green beans. We all liked them a lot.

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Gluten-Free Meatballs with Hemp Hearts and Parmesan Cheese
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning mix 
  • Olive oil
Directions
  1. Beat egg and season it with salt, lemon pepper, oregano, and seasoning mix. 
  2. Mix the seasoned egg with the ground beef. 
  3. Add the hemp seeds and the Parmesan cheese. 
  4. Form the meat mixture into small balls (I made mine slightly smaller than golf balls). 
  5. Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the meatballs on all sides, turning every few minutes, until they are cooked through, about 15 - 20 minutes, depending on size.
I have also been experimenting with some gluten-free, grain-free peanut butter (almond butter) jam cookie sandwiches. They are basically just nut butter, an egg, honey, and low sugar jam. I am trying to reduce the sugar/honey more. Andy thought my last attempt was perfect, but I think I can make it healthier… :) I’ll hopefully share an improved version soon.
 
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Life has been very busy lately, but I have made sure to make time for what I enjoy most in life: yoga, hiking, and, most importantly, spending time with my boys. I also make sure to read for pleasure every day (some days it’s very short, but something is better than nothing) as I think it is very important to do things you enjoy every single day.

Questions: What do you enjoy most in life? Do you do those things every day/week/month? What is one thing that you could do every day that would make every day more enjoyable? I have found that it is often little things that don’t take a lot of time that can make a big difference in how satisfied we are. If I spend just 20 minutes on a short yoga routine, go for a 30 minute walk and read for 10 minutes, I am generally happy at the end of the day even though it was overall a very busy day. If I don’t do those things, I feel easily overwhelmed and not satisfied… Spending just a little time on self care every single day really pays off in the end I think.

Be well,
Andrea

12 comments:

  1. I enjoy so many physical things, and always have. From a little kid exploring on my bike to the many things I do today, being active just feels good! I can't understand people who are not, and I feel a little sad for them.

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    1. Yes! I can't imagine my life without long hikes and physical activity every day. If I don't get outside every day, things just feel "off"...

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  2. I love protein sautéed over veggies or salad. Many of my lunches and dinners are this way, very great way to incorporate in season veggies with your main protein

    I do photography almost every day. Thank you for sharing your walks via Instagram with the #walkingfirweightmaintenance. I decided that the day would be a good one if I posted a photo most days. Oh and spending time with my daughter, too.

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    1. Yes, veggies and protein is a great, simple, seasonal way to eat. And it always makes me feel my best!

      You photos are stunning! It's such a great artistic outlet, and you get your steps at the same time!

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  3. I love my daily hikes with my dogs but it's kind of brutal sometimes in winter. Today the high was 12F with a -8 windchill. Boy do I miss CA!!

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    1. I always admire people who brave freezing temps! Great job, Stacie!!!! I grew up in a cold climate, and moved to CA 20+ years ago. I know it would be very tough to get out every day in the cold... A reminder to get out every day and not make excuses... I really don't have any... :)

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  4. Hi Andrea, I am not familiar with hemp seeds at all. How do you learn about foods like hemp seeds? I'm always curious about that.

    I agree that doing pleasurable things each day is a must. I am currently obsessed with documentaries about US presidents that I don't know much about. I'm listening to swing music right now. Gym was super fun today because I did some yoga poses that I couldn't do most of last year when my knee was so bad. I love making a big cup of chai tea that has a black pepper kick. I have a used book in the mail from Amazon, which is always quite fun to me. :-)

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    1. I learned about hemp seeds when I did the Conscious Cleanse for the first time. I usually use them in green smoothies as they are a good source of plant protein and have a good ratio of omega 3:6. I also sometimes use them in raw home-made nut/dried fruit bars (homemade Larabars but with more protein and less sugar).

      Love your list of pleasurable things!!!

      Have a great week, Marion!

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  5. I've never thought of adding hemp to meatballs - that's very clever! It sounds like you've been experimenting quite a bit. I look forward to your peanut butter cookie recipe, especially as I've been looking for a recipe like that for a while :)

    Every day, I try to knit a little - keeps me sane ;) I haven't been able to fit it in every day, but I try!

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    1. Thanks, Jessie!

      I still want to start knitting one day!

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  6. Great point on the importance of taking even just a little bit of time each day to do something enjoyable. For me, that means going for a walk {with or without the dog} or a hike with a friend, taking a bubble bath, hanging out with my kids just being silly, and, also doing a little reading. Since the new year, I have made a point not to check e-mail or social media first thing in the morning, and it's freed up some time to read books and even the newspaper. i love it! I'm also loving these meatballs-what a great idea to add hemp seeds to them!

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    1. I think less time on social media and instead reading is great! Love your list of enjoyable things!

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