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Porcupine Meatballs (no road kill was used in this recipe…)

I had tasted this recipe on Sunday at a friends house and usually I bring my own food but I had been eating mine the last few days so I was open to something different. When I ask my friends “what’s all in it” usually a few key ingredients get missed and I end up hurting.
I think I asked my friend 2-3 times before eating it to be sure the story was straight. So I gave one a try. They were sooo good! So I asked again so I can copy down the recipe and when she said tomato soup instead of sauce my eyes got real big! Uh oh! But she just miss spoke and it was really sauce. (I’m sure not all ingredients used were completely GF cuz I did notice some stomach cramping, but I lived).
After asking the last (probably 6th time by now) what all was in it, she finally found the recipe card and I snapped a few pics. Yea!
So here’s the recipe. It’s pretty easy. Probably 45 minutes from start to finish. Or an hour if you include cleanup.
I’m all for quick and easy! Even though my back feels like I was standing in the kitchen for 2 hours…makes it hard for me to enjoy cooking with my defects!
For some reason I enjoy baking more than cooking, maybe less chopping? But I barely bake anymore because I’ve been avoiding sugar.
Which do you prefer? Cooking or baking? Is it possible to like to both? Let me know in the comments which you prefer more? That way I can also add more of those recipes to my page. 😉
Enjoy!

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Porcupine Meatballs
• 1/2 Cup Jasmine Rice
• 1/2 Cup water
• 1/3 Cup diced onions
• 1/4 tsp celery seed
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/8 tsp pepper
• 1/8 tsp GF garlic powder (or a few cloves fresh pressed garlic).
Side note: I’m thinking this recipe needs an herb, but can’t decide which to use. Parsley? Rosemary? Basil? Any of them would deepen the flavor for sure. About 1/2 tsp.
Also refrigerating over night would really enhance the flavor of these little porcupine balls.

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• 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
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For Sauce:
• 1 (15 oz) can GF tomato sauce
• 1 cup water
• 2 TBS brown sugar
• 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce (Lea & Perrins brand is Gluten Free).

The Steps:
1) Preheat oven to 400°F

2) Mix the first 7 ingredients together and let sit for 5-10 minutes to let the rice soak up some water or the rice will be crunchy when it’s finished.

3) Then add to the above mixture:
1 pound lean ground beef (preferably grass fed).
Mix together with hands until all incorporated. Roll into 1-1/2″ balls.

4) Heat 2 TBS coconut oil in a large skillet on medium heat and drop 1-1/2″ round meatballs in heated oil until brown on all sides.

5) In separate bowl mix all the ingredients for the sauce together until incorporated.

6) Using a 9″x9″ or 9″x13″ pan (depending how big your meatballs turned out). Transfer all cooked meatballs into this dish and pour tomato sauce mixture over top.
Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Turning and basting with the tomato sauce after 15 minutes.

7) Remove from oven and check the center to be sure they are cooked all the way through. Then serve over rice, GF pasta, or whatever your heart desires.

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Don’t knock it till you try it! Vegan recipe

So I saw a new recipe that looked really good! But funny enough most people don’t agree with me. Well I just tried it out and it’s FABULOUS! 😀
It’s got a sweet tangy taste to it. You can make different variations of it. But the main part is consistent: BBQ chickpeas, cranberry sauce, wrap. Mmmmmm!
I added a little bit of onion to the BBQ sauce as it was heating up, cut some apple for on top, and made my cranberry sauce from scratch….although I didn’t see till recipe was in the making that you have to chill cranberry sauce for 3 hours to get it to gel. Oops! Well mine went into the freezer cuz I was hungry!
So first I’ll start out with the cranberry sauce, cuz that going to take the most time…
I got it off of Betty Crocker App.
• 1 cup orange juice
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 2 cups cranberries

Boil OJ & brown sugar for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Then add cranberries. Boil for 5 more minutes until berries pop. Do NOT turn your back on this or cover with lid or you will not have fun cleaning the mess!
Like me…

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Now here’s the “meat” of the matter. I can’t remember where I got this recipe, maybe Pinterest? But I didn’t pin it so who knows…

BBQ Cranberry Chickpea Wrap
makes two wraps, vegan

2 GF wraps, extra large/thin
1 can chickpeas, drained
3/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (I used a spicy/sweet sauce)
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
4 Tbsp vegan mayo
3 Tbsp whole berry cranberry sauce (I used this recipe for Cranberry Concord Sauce)
bowl of chopped romaine lettuce and/or arugula

To Make:

1. Add the chickpeas and BBQ sauce to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Or you can simmer on your stove top if you have time. Set aside to cool.
2. Prep your veggies: lettuce, onion and tomato.
3. Warm your wraps. I like to heat mine over a gas flame for about 10 seconds on each side. Be very careful if you do this though. You can also simply warm in your oven or microwave.
4. Start assembling your wraps. Add 2 Tbsp of vegan mayo (Vegenaise) and 1 1/2 Tbsp of cranberry sauce to each wrap. Spread evenly. Add in 2-4 heaping scoops of the warm BBQ chickpeas. Top with a palmful of onions, tomato and finally, lettuce. Fill the wrap as full as you can – but make sure you can still roll it up!
5. Roll. Slice. Serve!

Add-in Ingredients:
Try avocado, vegan cheese, shredded carrots, spinach, mandarin oranges, rice, quinoa and more as other yummy ingredients to this wrap!

It may not look appealing, but it all goes to the same place! So try it out and tell me what you think! 😉

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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs.

This sauce recipe looks really good! If I would make the meatballs I would use quinoa. (my friend gave me that idea!)

I think I’ll make that this weekend! Using quinoa/corn spaghetti noodles. 🙂

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It smells so good even before it’s cooked!! 😀

So I was thinking of using my Spaghetti Squash instead because it would be yummy… But then mine sprouted before its been cracked open! O.o
I think I’ll be using those quinoa noodles now. I wonder if these would be any good to plant! 🙂

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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Food and drink

 

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