Jamie Eason Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

If I had to think about one person that I would love to look like, it would be Jamie Eason. She maintains her femininity and yet looks very strong. I admire any woman that can take care of herself and maintain a successful business/career. But especially her. You can tell she’s the sweetest thing, and she’s a breast cancer survivor and still going strong. Much to admire!

I am going through her Live Fit 12 week program and found some of her tips and recipes interesting. This one is essentially turkey meatballs large sized….turkey muffins is really kind of a scary term, but that is what we will call them. The serving size of these guys for women is 2 and for men 4. You can really  make them as big or small as you like but you will need to portion and adjust your cooking time accordingly.

These are very tasty. Just enough seasoning, moist enough where you do not need a topping. Smokey from the cumin, spicy from the flakes, and garlicky with the garlic powder. Feel free to add in anything you’d like. I have thrown in some red bell peppers and roasted or sun-dried tomatoes. Yum! You can also use something else besides quick cooking oats which I never have on hand. Today, I used plain bread crumbs, but these really taste best if you have garlic croutons and crush them up to replace the quick cooking oats. Add mores fat but much more tasty. Besides, these little guys are already figure friendly. You can freeze these too, and they will stay in your freezer for a few weeks so you always have something tasty and low fat ready to go. NO MORE EXCUSES!

JAMIE EASON TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS
*slightly adapted

Ingredients:

* 2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken)
* 3 egg whites
* 1 cup quick cooking oats (I like crushed up garlic croutons)
* 1/2 tsp ground cumin +
* 1/2 tsp dried thyme
* 2 tsp dry yellow mustard
* 2 tsp black pepper
* 2 tsp chili pepper flakes
* 1 tsp salt
* 2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced)
* 1 small onion (finely chopped)
* 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)
*celery salt, garlic salt, green onions to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.
3. Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
4. Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.
5. Bake for 40 minutes.

*Tip – bake one muffin or fry a piece of the mixture on the stove top to test if the seasonings are to your liking.

Makes 12 muffins.

Serving Size:
Women: 2 muffins
Men: 4 muffins

**I will be adding a cauliflower recipe soon that would make the perfect side dish soon!

Yum Yum Granola with Fruit Cocktail

 

New series on the way called Fit Fridays! Nice, quick, delicious healthy meals for the girl on the go! This recipe makes for a wonderful, sweet granola breakfast sneaking your favorite fruit into the mix. Feel free to change up the fruit I’ve used for your favorite. Question of the day – what’s your favorite healthy breakfast?

As always, enjoy!

♥ g

for the granola

  • 1 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey or light agave nectar

for the fruit cocktail

  • a combo of your favorite fruit (i used a mix of berries)
  • 6 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp peeled and finely sliced gingerroot
  • 1 tsp hone or light agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp arrowroot, blended with a little cold water (sub corn starch)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. To make the granola, put all the dry ingredients into a bowl, then add the orange juice and honey and mix thoroughly. Spread out on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven, break up into pieces, then return to the oven for an additional 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and break up again. Let cool on the baking sheet. The mixture will become crunchy when cool.
  3. To make the fruit cocktail, put the fruit into a bowl. Put the orange juice and zest, ginger, and honey into a small pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Gradually stir in the arrowroot mixture and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  4. Pour the mixture over the fruit and let cool, cover, and let chill in the fridge.
  5. Spoon the covered fruit into glasses and sprinkle with granola.

G’s tips:

  • This dish can be prepared in advance and assembled just before eating.
  • The granola will keep well in an airtight container for several days and can be used with other fruit combos.

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Sweet Talk: Agave Nectar

I wanted to nip this in the butt as I will be using a lot of Agave Nectar in my recipes. In particular, C&H as it is readily available for me at my grocery store. Agave Nectar is often used as a substitute for sugar or honey and is typically sweeter than it’s counter parts.

“You can find Agave Nectar in light, amber, dark, and raw varieties which vary by how they are processed. Light agave nectar has a mild, almost neutral flavor, and is therefore sometimes used in delicate-tasting dishes and beverages. Amber agave nectar has a medium-intensity caramel flavor, and is therefore used in dishes and drinks with stronger flavors. Dark agave nectar has stronger caramel notes, and imparts a distinct flavor to dishes, such as some desserts, poultry, meat, and seafood dishes. Both amber and dark agave nectar are sometimes used “straight out of the bottle” as a topping for pancakes, waffles and French toast. The dark version is unfiltered and therefore contains a higher concentration of the agave plant’s minerals. Raw agave nectar also has a mild, neutral taste.” [excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave_nectar%5D

“C&H Organic Agave Nectar is a delicious liquid sweetner, with a low glycemic index, that is made from the succulent leaves of the agave plant. Low glycemic index foods help keep energy levels balanced and are a good part of a healthy diet. Our agave nectar is also substitute for a vegan diet and has no additivies and preservatives. C&H Organic Agave Nectar can be used in baked goods and to sweeten all of your favorite foods. Try C&H Organic Agave Nectar to sweeten: cereals, pancakes, fruits, sauces, cakes, cookies.”

Recipe Conversion:

2/3 cup Light Agave Nectar is the same as 1 cup Granulated Sugar; reduce other liquids by 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup.

*description from back of the bottle

**This post was not sponsored by the brand mentioned.