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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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Beautiful view from my home office

To be successful, a home office needs to be both functional and efficient. You are going to be working in this environment for several hours each day so it is important that you make it as comfortable as possible. You can design a practical and comfortable home office by taking a few steps towards finding the right space, furnishing it, and making it attractive and efficient.

Separate your workspace from the rest of your home. Create a barrier between yourself and the rest of your household. Store everything you need for your work in your office so you can be efficient in your space. Keep everything work related out of the rest of your home to help you maintain a work-life balance. Even if you live alone, you need a space that can help you create a work-life balance.

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Hostess Gift Guide to Win Best Guest at Holiday Party

Having just hosted my first Thanksgiving, I know how hard (all-be-it-rewarding) it is to entertain nearly two dozen guests. If you are heading to a home party this holiday season, don’t forget a little hostess gift. From a luxurious box of teas, to a unique vase, look for gifts that can be useful during the soiree.

1. Natori Votive Set 3 Candles $65

2. Jonathan Adler I-Scream Vase $68

3. Kusmi Tea Wellness Teas Gift Set $34

4. L’Objeticon Malachite Tray $120-$195

5. Michael Aram Rock Cheeseboard & Knife Set $199

6. Jonathan Adler Animalia Coasters $78

7. Vosges Library of 12 Exotic Chocolate Bars $105

8. Tom Dixonicon Plum Cocktail Shaker $135

(Michael Aram Rock Wine Coaster shown in top image $99)

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Happy National Housewife Day, & Products that Improve Home Organization

It’s National Housewife Day.

According to Wikepidia, a housewife is “a woman whose main occupation is running or managing her family’s home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day-to-day life, cleaning and maintaining the home, making clothes for the family, etc.—and who is generally not employed outside the home.

OK, technically I’m not a real housewife on account of my employment outside the home, but the rest of the list is spot on. And, if I may toot my own horn – toot, toot – I’m becoming a better housewife every day. The key is prioritizing tasks, working efficiently and knowing when to ask for help.

Prioritizing – Sunday night or Monday morning, I make a dump list of everything that is on my mind. Then, I prioritize which items need to be handled on Monday, which need to be allocated for the rest of the week and which need to go in my “parking lot”.

  • TIP: “parking lot” board houses tasks/ideas/items that you will address at a later time. By parking them, you are giving them a temporary home without forgetting them. At the end of the week, review the board and decide if it’s time to place one of these tasks/ideas on your daily to-do list.

Working Efficiently – There’s no room for dilly dallying when you’re a super housewife. I can’t get sucked into sorting the mail, when I’m on my way to the office (aka computer in my bedroom) for the 1.5hr work period in the morning during David’s first nap. Picking up the phone and talking to my great-aunt for 30-minutes is plausible after 8pm, but a time zapper at 1pm. If I’m heading out of the house for groceries and I know the dry cleaners and bank are on the way, it’s important to plan ahead so that all tasks can be done in one swoop, as opposed to venturing out again and wasting time on two or three trips. You get the picture. Efficiency improves with time. I’m still a work in progress, but I have two tips.

  • TIP: List all the home-related tasks you know happen every week. Allocate set days for certain tasks, i.e. Monday is laundry day, Tuesday is grocery day.
  • TIP: For a week, keep a journal of all your activities. You may be surprised to spot pesky, time killers.

Asking for Help – When given the choice, I always prefer home cooking. However, with two little kids, a career I’m trying to keep alive, laundry, grocery shopping, and, of course, my need for me time, it’s difficult to find time for cooking. Fortunately, my mother-in-law lives blocks away and is a kitchen ninja. That woman can make a seven-course meal with sand and stones. Between her and my own mother and grandmother, I have the culinary support needed to fuel my family. Knowing when to ask for help in any career, including that of a housewife, is essential to running a successful business aka family.

  • TIP: Show your thanks with a brief thank-you card or flowers. Mother-in-laws, also enjoy spa packages.

Here are some clever products to help you become an amazing, well-organized, never-forgets-a-thing, and always-looks-fabulous housewife.

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1. ShugabeeLane, Framed Dry Erase Board $159 – Ideal for your “Parking Lot”, this Etsy vendor lets you customize the frame around your erase board.
2. Knock Knock, Check It Off Wrist Note $6 – This is an ingenious essential! Now, I’ll never forget those easy-to-forget tasks.
3. Bob’s Your Uncle, 8 Days-A-Week Planner $18 – Keep this by your computer area or in your purse, for instant access. The extra 8th-day, space is great for items you can later put on your parking lot.
4. Erin Condren, Weekly Schedule Pad- oh! what a week! $30 – This is way chicer than the hand-made, calendar currently hanging in my kitchen.

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