Garlic Chili Turkey Meatballs

Super Bowl Sunday, it’s tradition for Seth and I to make a bunch of yummy food and enjoy watching the game together, eating leftovers for the upcoming week – which we haven’t been able to do in several years because of his Sea Duty schedule. In keeping with tradition, with Seth on deployment for this year’s Super Bowl, I decided to make a bunch of yummy appetizer type foods, some old family recipes I paleo-fied and cleaned up the ingredients, and one recipe I created from ingredients I had on hand. I’ll post all of them, but this is the recipe I created, as I’m on a quest to use all food we have in the house, so we don’t have to waste any when we move. Freezer clean-out happening over here.

Garlic Chili Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 lb package ground turkey
  • Diced red onion
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 can coconut milk (I use natural value)
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup garlic chili paste

Mix the ground turkey, diced red onion, sesame seeds, black pepper and coconut flour well with your hands to incorporate all of the ingredients. The texture of the ground turkey I had was a little different and needed something to dry it up a bit, hence the coconut flour. This may be an optional ingredient for you. Once everything is mixed, form into bit size meatballs and place directly into crockpot or slow cooker, turn to high heat and cover. Let the meatballs cook until clear juice is coming out of them, add the coconut milk, coconut oil and garlic chili paste, and reduce to medium heat. Let simmer, stirring occasionally to mix the sauce. People always ask if things I make with coconut milk/oil or flour taste “coco-nutty,” and the answer is always no.

They were really good plain, reheated well, and also very tasty paired with some blue cheese for breakfast one morning!

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It’s the Small Things

I’ve always heard this saying and thought, seriously, I know, right, blaa, blaa, blaa. But now that Seth and I are trekking our way through our first deployment, “it’s the small things,” has a whole new meaning that I’ve come to fully appreciate. While I work outside the home and am involved in different organizations, always busy, surrounding myself with awesome individuals, I still find myself with a lot of alone time where I think. I think about our life together, everything we’ve experienced up until now, all of our travels, the friends and family we’ve made, our future, etc. But it’s the day-to-day little things that always seem so insignificant, that we take for granted, that really, truly are not. Take away all the big life things, like careers, travels, etc. and we’d still have all the little things, and I realize now they’re big, very important things.

Here are all the “small things” I miss:

  • I miss going to breakfast early on weekend mornings for talky time
  • I miss listening to NPR talk radio shows while running errands
  • I miss occasional breakfast and coffee in bed
  • I miss getting coffee together
  • I miss my daily good morning kisses
  • I miss hugs
  • I miss having someone to talk to at the end of each day
  • I miss walking together
  • I miss watching Sunday football together
  • I miss nice sit-down dinners together
  • I miss being able to text
  • I miss holding hands
  • I miss playing board games
  • I miss Friday nights having a bonfire, glass of wine and Frank
  • I miss how excited Lucy would get every time the Jeep pulled up out front
  • I miss being called Pooterette, Pooterincess, Weefay!
  • I miss laughing together
  • I miss being goofballs together

Soon, we will pick right back up with our small things, and with more appreciation for them, than ever.

Here are some candid shots from the night before deployment ❤