Baked Greek Turkey-Zucchini Meatballs

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Until I became a blogger, meatballs were something I enjoyed when someone else made them.  I just found them a lot of work and messy to make.  Since becoming a blogger I have written and made more meatballs than in my whole life before then.  I’ve also realized everyone loves meatballs, especially my family! I am always interested in recipes that simplify the preparation of meatballs and those that make them a bit healthier.  I couldn’t wait to try these baked turkey meatballs with Greek flavors and  the addition of grated zucchini from Cookin’ Canuck.  The grated zucchini makes the meatballs  succulent.  However I found the grated onion and grated zucchini added too much moisture to the meat mixture and I would recommend really drying the water out of both of  these well before mixing them in. I also found the meat mixture a bit bland and added a teaspoon of dried oregano.  I increased the feta from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup.  My recipe reflects the changes I made but I include the link to the original version.  What I loved most about this recipe is that after just 25 minutes in the oven, you have a pipping hot dish of tasty tender meatballs in a nice red sauce to feed 6, fast enough for a weeknight, delicious enough for company.  Add a side of pasta or quinoa and dinner is served!  If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, the meatballs are even better the next day.

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Tomato-White Bean Galette with Pesto Swirl and Feta

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Although my own garden tomatoes are still green on the vine, the markets are bursting with plump, juicy seasonal tomatoes.  This galette showcases heirloom tomatoes layered on top of a protein-rich white bean purée drizzled with fragrant pesto, topped with tangy feta and enveloped in flaky pastry.  It was a perfect summer meal and so good, I’m making another one tonight!  If in a rush, you can use ready made white bean hummus and pesto.image Continue reading