With the hustle and bustle of classes, studying, and workouts, dinner is generally my only meal of the day where the food is: 1. self-prepped 100% and 2. warm. Dinner is the next daily step after practice or just a simple run+bike+core combo. This post-workout meal is an integral part of my day whether it is eaten peacefully at home or packed and warmed up for a night class. One important thing to know about my eating habits is that dinner has to have 3 components: protein, vegetables, carbs. Lately with the help of my roommate’s spiralizer vegetables and carbs have been interchangeable.
I am not a very adventurous cook in the meat/protein category – dinners were a rotation of salmon, chicken, tofu, and shrimp. A few months ago I made an adapted and more general version of Asian Turkey Meatballs from SkinnyTaste and meatballs have since entered the rotation. These meatballs are packed full of protein, female track athlete-approved, versatile, and super easy and quick to make. I’ve made these meatballs and varying accompanying components within 30 minutes of getting through the front door, by the time the post-workout appetite loss is gone dinner is ready. BOOM.
Turkey Meatballs for that Hungry Athlete:
- 1 package of ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/4C italian bread crumbs
- 3 stalks of finely chopped green onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced – I really like garlic
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
Assembly – preheat oven to 460
1. Whisk the egg
2. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, green onion, garlic, salt, & pepper
3. Shape spoonfuls of the meat mixture and shape into balls before placing onto an aluminum lined sheet, bake for 15-18 minutes (depending on size & whether the oven is housing other dinner components ie. oven fries or broccoli or your roommate’s salmon)
My favourite ways to incorporate this protein source into dinner include throwing them into soup with rice noodles or over zucchini noodles with a load of that White Linen pasta sauce from Costco (I could eat that sauce straight from the jar!).
Meatballs w/tomato sauce, crispy oven baked hand cut fries (tip: 460C, avocado oil), roasted cauliflower
Meatballs overtop rice noodles, cucumber noodles, carrot noodles in chicken broth
Topped with pepper & a squeeze or Sriracha Sauce
Meatballs with zucchini noodles, sauted yellow peppers, & a sesame sauce