Cooking with my Kids: “Pilgrim” Meatballs With Cranberries

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My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, hands down. Any chance I get, I’ll find a way to ¬†Thanksgiving-ize something. I came up with this recipe a few years ago and it’s been a favorite. I’ve since made it gluten free and simplified it for my little (big) sous chef.

These turkey meatballs are the very essence of Thanksgiving Рtender sagey turkey, studded with tart cranberries. I served them (obvi) over mashed sweet potatoes and with  sweet corn.

Pilgrim Meatballs with Cranberries

1 lb ground turkey

1 egg, beaten

2/3 C corn flake crumbs

1/3 C chicken stock

Handful of dried cranberries (I used Trader Joe’s orange flavored ones and I soaked them in cooking white wine/sherry)

1/2 t sage

S&P to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F. Prepare a baking sheet with tin foil and Pam. Mix all the ingredients, except for ground turkey. Once fully combined, add the ground turkey. Form into balls and place on the baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes.

Gobble Gobble!

Kristin

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Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano! (And a TJ’s Review)

My sweet cousin is in Italy right now. Her pictures look amazing. The food, the landscape, the weather. It all looks incredible. I am, quite sadly, not in Italy right now. But I did try a few frozen Trader Joe’s Italian meals and I’m up for reviewing!

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I tried the Perline Pasta & Proscuitto. They were like little purses. They were ready in minutes and were quite delicious. I couldn’t help but taste them without the sauce. The pasta was firm and held together well. The inside tasted like it had cheese in it, as well as proscuitto. They were delicious. I paired them with TJ’s Party Size Mini Meatballs. Those were also very easy to make. I actually did them in the microwave. They were chewy, but in a good way. They were savory and had a good seasoning to them.

Review Result: Both delicious, great for quick meals.

The second I tried (third, technically, I suppose) was another carb-filled package.

Sue me.

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The Polenta Provencale with Spinach & Peas in a Spicy Cream Sauce. It was frozen, including the sauce. I warmed it up in the microwave and the sauce melted off of the frozen polenta balls, coating all the other yummy bits in the bowl. I had a fleeting thought that it wouldn’t be so good, but after my first bite, I was convinced for the good. The polenta was chewy, yet tender. The spinach, as well as the peas, held their green color and didn’t turn mushy. The sauce was delicious, although not spicy. It was creamy and tangy.

Review Result: Yes! Also a great purchase for a quick meal.

I know pre-packaged, frozen meals aren’t the best for you, but hey, neither is going to Olive Garden and eating eighteen bowls of salad and eleventy six breadsticks.

Not that I’ve done that.

That you know of.

Or that I’ll tell you of.

I am excited to see what else TJ’s has in store (get it?) for me to try!

Kristin