Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Quinoa Turkey Meatballs RECIPE

Hey Mamas,

I rarely create recipes, but lately I’ve been having fun making minor better-for-ya tweaks, to meals my family already loves.

Side note – it’s so great to be able to cook dishes everyone eats! No more just us and just the kids food. Is anyone else thrilled to be in the phase of motherhood? !!

This week, I make my Quinoa Turkey Meatballs. It’s a tweak to a fantastic recipe Jessica Alba shared on the Martha Stewart show.

Her yummy secret is cooking the turkey meatballs in broth. It adds tons of flavor and rich vitamins, plus the wellness-boosting benefits of collagen to your dinner.

Turkey Meatballs Recipe Turkey Meatballs Recipe

When I don’t have my homemade broth (and that’s actually rare, as we grew up with bouillon as a staple in my Russian family) I use Bru Broth.

Unlike the stock you find in the grocery aisle, Bru is low in social, cold-presses broth, which is infused withnutritious veggies and spices. You get added flavors and spices, so make sure to pick one you know the family will like. We love Hug in a Mug and Turmeric Ginger.

Enjoy this warm, delicious recipe and have a wonderful weekend, mamas.

Quinoa Turkey Meatballs – INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup panko (You can also crush GG Crackers for added fiber)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken brothTurkey Meatballs RecipeTurkey Meatballs Recipe

Quinoa Turkey Meatballs – DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook quinoa.
  2. In a large bowl, mix turkey, panko, carrots, quinoa, onion, eggs, Italian seasoning, and salt.
  3. Form into 1-inch balls. You should get  about 20.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook and keep turning, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is nearly fully absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup broth and increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until liquid is absorbed.
  6. Prepare yourself for happy dance from family. Turkey Meatballs Recipe
    Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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5 Ultra Cozy Throws to Sooth Stressed-out Moms

Hey Mamas,

The month of love continues, and with many of the kids being home for President’s week/mid-winter recess, let’s talk about love of home and wrapping yourself in love.

One of favorite things to do at home is to wrap myself in a blanket – cotton, cashmere, wool, I’m an equal opportunity wrapper. The blanket almost becomes a shield, warding off undesired sights and sounds. #momtruth

“Wait, what did you do or say? Sorry I’m in my cozy cocoon.”

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In fact, I love cozy throws so much, I’ve been known to hoard them.

My excuse is that each blanket has it’s own purpose – one for the bedroom, one when I want to sleep on the coach, one when I want to wrap my legs while working in the office, one with a silly pattern just because, one for drinking tea in uber tranquility

Okay, maybe I do have a hoarding problem, when it comes to blankets.

For the purposes of this post, I’m sharing my 5 favorite cozy throws to enjoy before or after a long day of hustling like a mom. Okay, fine, you can share them with the rest of the family.

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5 Ultra Cozy Throws to Wrap Yourself in Love

Cozy Throws: Verloop Knit ThrowVerloop Cozy Throws Pamela Pekerman

Super fun, super silly and super special, Verloop knits the more plaful blankets and corresponding pillows.

If you want to be extra silly with the kids, get matching Verloop knit hats, and pretending like your having an in-door ski and snow party. But, instead of hitting the slopes, give them two scoops of vanilla ice-cream and decorate your edible snow man with M&M and other candies. ($98)

Verloop Knit Cozy Throw

Cozy Throws: Williams Sonoma Cashmere & Wool Equestrian Throw

Williama Sonoma Home Equestrian Cozy Throw

I spotted this throw at a press event, back in November, when Williams Sonoma Home was opening their first store in Manhattan. It was love at first touch. When we move to Westchester, this spring, I’m getting different versions of this throw  for the guest room, my office and the family room!  It’s worth every single penny. ($399)

Cozy Throws: JCPenney 2-Pack Cotton Blanket

JCPenney cozy throw

Two great cotton blankets, at one sweat price. They are currently on sale for $42, for both.

These are great to keep outside when the days are warm, but the nights are still a bit chilly. When we move, I’m planning to get three sets in the same color family, to give out to guests lingering after a pool-party that might morph into a late-night re-BBQ party! ($42)

Cozy Throws: Sferra Celine Blanket

Sferra Celine Blanket Cozy Throw

The first time I heard the name Sferra, was during my stay at Viceroy St. Lucia.

The bedding was so amazing, I placed an order for one set of sheets, pillows and pillow covers. A few months later when our eldest daughter, Ilana, arrived, I was gifted the Sferra Celine Blanket. It’s warm, yet light weight, and a little dash of luxury for my princess.


Cozy Throws: Tahari Home Faux Fur and Double-sided Knit Blanket

Tahari Home Cozy Throw

Tahari Home Cozy Throw

Over the years, I’ve gifted more blankets than you can image – and not just to myself!

HomeGoods and TJMaxx are a great source for Tahari Home Knit, Faux Fur, or – my personal fav – double sided fur/knit blankets. At under $50, sometimes even under $30, you can’t go wrong with this home find.


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Leaping & Launching my Mommy Moments FaceBook LIVE Show

Hey Mamas,

It’s Halloween, and I’m feeling scared.

But, it’s not because of a movie, the thought of getting egged by teenagers, or the inevitable sugar rush my kids will get after tick-or-treating.

I’m scared because I’m finally taking a leap …

After over a decade of being in the media industry, I’m finally launching my own show – Mommy Moments with Pamela Pekerman – tomorrow, November 1st at 1pmEST on Facebook LIVE.

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I’ll share in a future post what finally pushed me over the edge. For now, I want to thank my encouraging woman squad for boosting me up, and convincing me to #OwnMyGlowMichelle Finkelshteyn, Latham Thomas, Jennifer WalshSabina Hitchen, Brittney Levine, Stacy Igel, Staci Weiner and REALLY so many of my Instagram followers.

Thank you!

Tune in, tomorrow 1pmEST for Mommy Moments with Pamela Pekerman.

My guest is my dear friend and fellow mompreneur Stacy Igel, founder of Boy Meets Girl. We’ll be chatting life as a mom with a side hustle (aka her fashion empire!), why not being a baking mom is okay, thoughts on midnight inspirations and much more.

Plus, I’m sharing 5 Beauty Sleep Secrets you don’t want to miss.

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Summer Skincare Solutions for the Family – FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

It’s been a while. Summer fun is happening fast, and getting to this blog has been a challenge. I apologize, since there are so many amazing mama must-haves coming across my desk and spilling onto my bedroom floor – ahhh, I can’t wait to have an real office again … coming soon #2018WeAreMoving.

Lot’s to do and share about the exciting move (renovations galore), but first here are my Friday 5 Finds, all about summer skincare solutions for the whole family.




Rockets of Awesome rash guard Summer Skincare Solutions

Laguna Blue Smarter Towel Pamela Pekerman mom approved




Summer Skincare Solutions: Bugs 

Fairy Tales Hair Care Bug Bandit – Between work, projects with the new home, typical mom-life choirs and the kids afterschool learning classes, we normally don’t get home until 5:30/6pm. When possible, I love to still take them swimming (my in-laws have a pool and are a block away! Major plus on so many levels). When we hit the pool for a 7pm dip, little bugs are also out for their evening flyby, so I turn to this DEET-Free bug spray. It’s non-toxic, pesticide free and doesn’t smell as bad as other bug sprays – still has a smell, but my kids would rather smell like a lemon citronella candle, than have bug bits. #BugetAboutIt

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Summer Skincare Solutions: Bacteria on Towels 

Laguna Blue The Smarter Towel – After the pool, it’s time to shower and towel off. And while we all wash our bath towels regularly, I recently learned that because most towels retain moisture for long periods of time, they allow icky bacteria to thrive. Laguna Blue towels have been tested and proven to decrease the spread of potentially life-threatening bacterium, MRSA, commonly found on cotton towels. The towels dry 50% faster than traditional cotton towels, hold 7 times their weight in water and are non-linting and fade-resistant. I’m not trying to give you mamas another reason to worry, but this product is super great quality so if you need a new set of towels, it’s worth-while swapping in a safer solution. #BackupBacteria

Summer Skincare Solutions: Mid-day Frizz

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets – No dream spray or ion-blade hair tool will keep my hair frizz-free all day long. I go through 2-3 conveniently portable, anti-frizz sheets, per day. Bonus, they also give hair a nice, I-just-came-from-the-salon shine. #SummerSleek

Summer Skincare Solutions: Non Damaging Pony Tail 

Revlon Essentials All Day Comfort –  I just learned about this new hair accessory, yesterday. (Check out more from the Revlon event, on my Instagram feed right now). I love the original coiled hair band concept, but when you pull it out you also take with you chunks of hair. Oocchhhh. My daughter always cries when we try to take her coiled band out. This version is actually covered in fabric, so it’s much softer on hair when you need to take it out, but still has that gentle hold and less-hair creasing that we like from this clever design. (The product launches August 1st at Target) #HappyHair

Rockets of Awesome Swim Rash Guards

Summer Skincare Solutions: Awesome Rash Guards 

Rockets of Awesome Rash Guards – I’ve become a big fan of rash guards, even though I can’t recall my mom putting them on me. When the kids are practicing swimming for 30+ minutes, its good to know they have extra protection on their whole back and arms, since the water magnifies the rays of the sun creating a super storm bur potential – over over-scare. The kids and I LOVE the rash guards from Rockets of Awesome. Actually, we like everything that comes from this cool company. If you can’t get rash guards from them (FYI here’s another option) definitely check them out for other summer styles and back-to-school needs. #MamasShoppingSalvation

Rockets of Awesome swimwear rash guard summer skincare solutions