Wow… so I couldn’t get on this for the longest time cause I had lost my password – damn things… I have a thousand of them and can never remember them – ugh.
Today ended up being a “snow day” – so as a teacher, I stay home when there is no school. The kids and I stay in our Jammie’s all day and I usually find cool things to cook. So keeping with tradition, I started researching what to cook.
I said to myself… ” I should try logging into WordPress again ” and for whatever reason, it worked. Now looking at my last post, which was in March 2017, a LOT has happened in our lives.
In May 2017, my Mike died. None of us saw it coming… he committed suicide.
Cooking was something we loved to do together, and gathering around the table was his favourite thing to do. So, after he died, we just couldn’t do it. We got rid of the table. I threw out a lot of kitchenware and we really didn’t have great appetites for a long time. One day this fall my 14 year old son asked me when we were going to start eating better again…. wow, slap of reality right there. I was having a hard time keeping it together let alone get back to cooking but the guilt of not being a good enough mother took over ( I know I’m a good mama, just didn’t feel it at the time ) and I put myself through the motions. We got a new dining table made for us and when it arrived we were all to scared to sit at it.
Fast forward to the Christmas holidays. I went to Italy on kind of a healing trip. Mike had booked it before he died so I wanted to follow through with his plans. I’m in Florence, eating incredible food and my son texted me…. ” Mom, I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve decided I want to start eating only plant based foods. I want to be a vegan.”
Holy geez… I better get my act together. Vegan food is a lot of work!!! What the heck is he doing to me!
I have him to thank cause I’m cooking a lot more now and I realized how much I missed it.
So my first post back has two recipes in it. Vegan protein balls AND non-vegan Asian Turkey Meatballs 😜.
Vegan Protein Balls
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter ( we used crunchy )
2 scoops of chocolate protein – we found a vegan one
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup sunflower seeds ( unsalted )
2 Tblsp chia seeds
A splash of cashew milk – just to help it stick
Mix it all up and roll into balls and refrigerate
Asian Turkey Meatballs
Two pounds of Turkey
1 1/4 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
3 large cloves of garlic
2 green onions chopped
1 tsp of sesame oil
2 TBSP soy seasoning – we used Braggs
Mix all this up and roll into 24 balls- put them on a cookie sheet and bake at 400F for about 20 min- but check em and make sure they are cooked through. Ain’t nobody got time for raw turkey lol
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup of soy seasoning
2 tsp sesame oil
Toss the balls in the sauce and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds 😜❤️ yummo