I cannot believe it is only two weeks until Thanksgiving! I am already obsessing about all thing Holiday. I used to be good about waiting until after Thanksgiving to start watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music but I’ve already started this year. Okay, I started several weeks ago 🙂 But I haven’t busted any decorations out so I’d say I’m practicing some serious restraint right there! I’m absolutely not trying to overshadow Thanksgiving by getting into the Christmas spirit early. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday (behind Christmas obviously). I’m just trying to make this whole wonderful season last a little longer. The Christmas tree will wait til after Thanksgiving though.
Besides the Christmas movies and music, I’ve been getting into the holiday spirit by eating lots of delicious, comforting foods reminiscent of all my favorite holiday dishes. Like these meatballs for example; they’ve got all the flavors of your Thanksgiving turkey and your favorite stuffing. You can even add some dried cranberries for that cranberry sauce flavor. It’s like you took that perfect bite of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce except that you didn’t have to slave over the stove all day to do so! Just throw everything together in a bowl, shape into meatballs or burger patties and throw in the oven. Doesn’t get any easier than that, am I right?
We have been enjoying these meatballs for an easy weeknight dinner with some cranberry sauce and a vegetable side like mashed cauliflower or braised cabbage, but they would also make the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving dinner. You can prep them the night before and just throw them in the oven before your guests arrive. People can snack on these dipped in a little extra cranberry sauce while they wait for dinner so no one gets hangry. Having a house full of family is hard enough at times without lots of hangry people.
These meatballs can also be made into burgers. To make burgers, form into 8 patties and either cook in a pan on the stove over medium heat for about 4 minutes per side or bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbs coconut flour
- 1 tsp sage
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp rosemary
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp mace (or ¼ tsp nutmeg)
- 2 Tbs fruit sweetened dried cranberries (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with hands until combined
- Form into 1½ inch balls (about 30 meatballs)
- Space meatballs evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet
- Place in oven and bake for 18-22 minutes until cooked through
Have you started getting into the holiday spirit yet? If not, maybe a big batch of these meatballs will help! And keep an eye out on the blog the next couple of weeks because I’ve got some more recipes that are perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner! There may or may not be an autoimmune protocol friendly pumpkin pie 😉
In vibrant health,