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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.

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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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Mom Sunday Spa Night: Collagen Latte, Sarah Jessica Parker & Divorce

Hey Mamas,

With the weather dipping to near 10°C, today, here in New York City, I wanted to share a cozy drink that will add extra warmth and pampering to your Mom Sunday Spa Night – a Collagen Latte.

Below is a recipe for my Coconut Collagen Latte.

Yup, it combines warm coffee with the wellness benefits of collagen.

  • improved skin tone and elasticity
  • stronger nails and hair
  • improvement in joint health
  • boost gut health

After you pop out of the shower, (and maybe also after read that last bed time story, because #momlife is mom life) prep a cup of this yummy and beauty boosting Collagen Latte, which is made with Vital Proteins’ new Collagen Creamer. FYI lactose-free mamas, you will appreciate this non-dairy and delicious creamer.

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Make sure you have your cup in time for tonight’s Season 2 premier of HBO’s Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, airing 10pm-10:30pmEST.

I had the pleasure of speaking with SJP, this week, thanks to an intimate gathering hosted by Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein of The Moms  (total #hustlelikeamom afternoon !!) and I was so impressed, as always, with Sarah Jessica Parker’s ability to make the person she was speaking to, feel like they were the most important person in the room.

That’s what she does in person, and what she does in her role as Frances on HBO’s Divorce. She speaks to you, she makes you want to understand her story, her decision to file for divorce, her emotional journey.

I’m adding DIVORCE to my Mom Sunday Spa Night because the show is truly a reminder to love yourself, listen to your gut, fight for your joy, and never forget that it was “just us two” i.e. husband and wife, before it was mom+dad+kids.

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As one of the other guests at lunch pointed out, watching DIVOCE can actually save a marriage. Hmm….

“The idea of liberation is very different than the actual experience,” Sarah Jessica explained, at our lunch. As star and executive producer of Divorce, she added that, “We fight [to show] the unpleasantness of divorce and life because it’s fun to play it” and it makes the show more real.

“The more people are candid and decent when describing experiences, the better off we will be.”

And with that morsel of goodness, my decent and delicious collagen latte recipe.

COCONUT COLLAGEN LATTE

Collagen Latte Ingredients

  • 1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer, Coconut
  • 6 oz cup of brewed coffee (I LOVE Cafe Bustelo)
  • 3 oz plus 1 oz milk or non-dairy milk (I use Almond unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg, to taste

Collagen Latte Instructions

  1. Add coffee, 3 oz. of milk, coconut oil, and Collagen Creamer into a blender.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Pour the remaining 1 oz. of milk into a mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake until froth. Or use a hand-held frother, if you have one at home.
  4. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds. This will harden the froth. (I don’t own a microwave so I skip this step)
  5. Spoon the froth over the latte, and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg if using.

Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Latte HBO Divorce Mom Sunday Spa Night

Collagen Latte HBO Divorce Mom Sunday Spa Night

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Wellness Experts Share Best Health Bars, for Smarter Snacking

Hey Mamas,

Do you ever get lost in the health bar section at the grocery store? Do wonder if your power bar is a power fail?

For all you on-the-go, busy mamas, I’ve tapped into 5 wellness and fitness experts to find out what they look for in a good-quality, health bar. Happy snacking.

Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and founder of F-Factor

Her company recommends No Cow Bars to all their clients. This protein-packed bar is obviously #FFactoryApproved (google it – I’m OBSESSED and will share more about how F-Factor has changed my life and body for the better, in future posts!!) This bar has 20+ grams of dairy free protein, and only 1g of sugar. It’s also Dairy Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO.

Shannon A. Garvia, MDS, RD, LD with KISS in the Kitchen

My favorite on-the-go bars are Thunderbird Bars and RX Bars. I look for bars with real food ingredients (the fewer the better) and ideally are gluten and dairy free, for my own dietary restrictions. Her fav flavors include Cashew, Fig & Carrot from Thunderbird and we both agree that RX Bars’ Chocolate Sea Salt is a winner.

Jeannine Morris, Multimedia Beauty & Wellness Journalist

Being Vegan and Gluten Gree, I love Kind Bars. The dark chocolate, nuts and sea salt are my favorite flavors. Also, the Lara Bars Blueberry is delicious. I never know where I’ll be when I run into a situation where my dietary restrictions can’t be met, so it’s ideal to have healthy snacks like these on hand.

Bianca Jade aka Mizzfit, Fitness Expert, TV Host, Founder of Mizzfit Box

Rise bar is really simple. It’s a protein bar with 5 ingredients or less that’s non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free. It doesn’t kill your appetite, but it cuts your craving pre and post workout.

Kristin McGee, Celeb Yoga + Pilates Instructor, Author of Chair Yoga & Wellness Expert

She really likes the quality and taste of Clean Eats Bar, which she’s discussing today on Mommy Moments with Pamela. Tune in 1pm EST for our live chat.

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies Recipe

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies – RECIPE

Hey Mamas,

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies anyone?

I’ve taken bits from other recipes and melded them into the most moist, wholesome homemade cookies ever!

Best of all, they are gluten free, loaded with yummy and pretty pistachios. Plus, you get the beauty benefits and delicious texture of oatmeal.

Who’s ready to dunk these babies into some almond milk? Today is World Pistachio Day, after all.

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Now, let’s get cracking on the easy recipe. You can make your own Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies while watching tonight’s Oscars Red Carpet arrivals. Yup, it’s that easy!

Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Ingredients

Makes 1-2 dozen depending on the desired size of cookies.

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raw organic sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup pistachio nuts
  • ¼ cup water

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low/medium to combine. Mix in the mashed banana and 1/4 cup of water, until incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Add the pistachios and oats, mixing briefly.
  5. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop out 2-inch dough balls, placing them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake until just golden on top, about 10 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


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