I suppose you shouldn’t include the word sh*t in the title of a post you are writing about food, but, well, like I’ve said before, this isn’t the Pioneer Woman.
A couple weeks ago on Facebook I asked if you all wouldn’t mind sharing your favorite chicken recipes that were easy and that were also liked by all (or most) of your family, and I got like a bazillion comments, and one of them said “Anything from Skinnytaste.com. I’ve never made anything from that site that wasn’t great.”
I have seen lots of stuff from her site before, but I don’t know if I’ve ever actually made anything from it.
So I’ve been checking it out recently for a couple reasons:
1) I like her philosophy of everything in moderation.
2) She has lots of stuff that isn’t too complicated and doesn’t take long to make.
3) She uses real food.
4) She’s done all the work.
I would love to have the time to experiment and make up healthy and appealing to the masses dinners for my family.
But right now I don’t. And I probably won’t anytime in the near future. Plus, why reinvent the wheel, you know?
And then I thought about that movie with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep — I can’t remember the name but it’s the one where Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams makes one of her recipes a day for a year and blogs about each one — and I was like, Why don’t you do something like that with Skinnytaste?
Somebody may already be doing it. Who knows. And I’m not going to try a recipe a day. But I’m gonna try a few.
Because I am on a quest to finally get a meal plan for my family in place, so I’m gonna start here.
Since ground turkey is one of my go-to grocery items cause they sell it at Costco in a four pack, I went to Skinnytaste.com, typed in ground turkey in the search bar, and up popped a whole butt load of recipes. And this one was on the first page: Giant Turkey Meatball Parmesan.
So I tried that today.
I tasted it before I left for practice tonight, and the rest of the kids ate it while I was at the pool. So I had to wait until I got home for feedback.
And here is the verdict:
According to me: That sh*t’s good!!!
According to Number 4 (10 years old and not always a fan of big slabs of meat): “Mom! That’s actually really good!”
According to Number 6 (6 years old and my pickiest eater): “Yum! It tastes like lasagna!”
According to my husband (talking to Number 4): “Eat some of this. It’s really good!”
I’m not sure what Number 7 thought of it because she was in bed when I got home. Number 5 went to chick fil a with a friend, so she didn’t eat it. Number 2 isn’t home yet and Number 3 is recovering from the virus from hell and didn’t eat dinner.
So of the 5 people who ate it, it got 4 definite thumbs up and one yet-to-be-determined at this time.
Very easy to make.
The recipe calls for these ingredients:
- 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
- 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 3 tbsp grated pecorino romano cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1 clove crushed garlic
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp fresh minced parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup Delallo Pomodoro Fresco Marinara
- 1 oz (1/4 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
- grated parmesan, optional for topping
I had most of the ingredients.
I didn’t have parsley so I skipped that, and I used generic, jarred marinara sauce.
I also added about 1/3 cup of the marinara sauce into the meatball mixture (by mistake because I didn’t read the directions carefully) and I think that made it even better!
I made a double batch, so we could eat one tonight and freeze another one for later. (I took a gamble that we would love it and made double).
The packages of ground turkey from Costco are more like 1.6 pounds per package, and I used two of those. So rather than using 1 lb as per the recipe, I used 1.5+ pounds/1 giant meatball.
That was just enough to feed eight of us. There was nothing left over (a testament to how much everyone liked it).
My picture isn’t as pretty as hers, but here’s what it looked like:
Here are both of them:
One was a little saucier than the other, and one was a little cheesier. The one on the right is split because I wasn’t sure if it was cooked all the way through, so I cut it to check.
Here’s what it looked like when I cut it (I added a little extra sauce before we ate it):
Sliced like a meatloaf, but tastes like a meatball!
Delicious and a total hit! Prep time was minimal, it was super easy to make, and I highly recommend.
This one is definitely going in my meal plan!