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10 Quick And Healthy Meatball Recipes For Busy People

10 Quick And Healthy Meatball Recipes For Busy People

When you’re home late from the office, the gym, or picking the kids up from after school activities, not many of us want to spend hours cooking up a storm in the kitchen after a long, busy and tiring day.  Long cooking sessions for me, are usually reserved for the weekends when I have the time to wade endlessly through recipe books, shop for elaborate ingredients, and spend a few hours in the kitchen trying out a new recipe. I love cooking, but during the week as soon as I’m in the door, all I want to do is spend minimal time in the kitchen. Dinner has to be as quick, easy, as healthy as possible, and hit that dining table preferably in under an hour. Also, I want to have most of the ingredients to my masterpiece sitting in my pantry.

That’s not much to ask right?  I’m a huge fan of meatballs, but most meatball recipes usually conjure up thoughts of plain old beef mince and some Italian tomato sauce, and they can be long and arduous to prepare.  Although the traditional meatball recipe like these are fabulous and hearty, there is a large selection of the modern kind of meatball recipe that puts a different spin on old traditional styles. Cue these amazing, tasty, and quick to prepare meatball recipes with easy to find ingredients, many of which you will just have to open your pantry door for.  You’ll never look at meatballs the same way again. Try them, you won’t be sorry and you’ll be adding them to your weekly menu in no time!

1. Pineapple Meatballs

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    This meatball recipe is packed with flavor and super easy to make. Combine meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl, shape into balls then cook. The fabulous sauce that accompanies these meatballs is loaded with pineapple, providing you with lots of B & C vitamins.  From kitchen to table in around 45 minutes this beauty will have you wanting more and the kid’s will love it too.

    2. Red Thai Meatball Curry

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      The meatballs in this one can be made and chilled up to one day ahead of time so all you have to do is whip up an easy ingredient sauce. A lot of these ingredients you’ll find in your standard weekly grocery shop. Lots of chili in this one, but the recipe is easily adaptable to your own palate. The health benefits of chili are many and varied, including aiding digestion, helping to relieve migraines, muscle, joint and nerve pain. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium. Great for warding off colds and flu in the winter months.

      3. Asian Quinoa Meatballs

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        Now here’s a modern take on the humble meatball. Amazing Asian infused flavors with the added health benefits of quinoa.  These are power packed with protein, vitamin B2 and iron. Perfect for a post gym workout. These can be prepped in 15 minutes and cooked to tender perfection in just 20. At just 56 calories per meatball using turkey, they can also be substituted with beef as another option. Serve with a side of rice if desired.

        4. Spaghetti with Tuna Meatballs

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          Just 30 minutes is all this tasty, easy and healthy recipe will take to get to your table. Perfect for a busy weeknight. Combine bread, garlic, Parmesan cheese, lemon rind in a processor and blitz till it forms a crumb like texture, add in the tuna, eggs, parsley and process again till it’s mixed through. Roll into balls, and add to the pan with the pasta and stock until cooked. Voila!

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          5. Italian Meatball, Tomato, Spinach & Bocconcini Pizza

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            Yum. Made with Lebanese bread, it is as easy as cooking the meatballs, spreading with pasta and topping with the spinach, tomatoes, bocconcini and the cooked meatballs. Bake and serve with avocado, capsicum and extra spinach leaves. Spinach has an extremely high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants and it is a great source of vitamin A, so you can feel good about eating this one.

            6. Paleo Greek-Style Meatballs

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              The benefits of a Paleo diet are well known and documented, these meatballs are super easy to make and full of flavor. Accompany with your favorite salad and dinner is done.  Easy and healthy

              7. 30 Minute Light Italian Meatball Soup

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                Lean Beef, celery, tomatoes, garlic, parsley & basil. Your body will thank you for being light in calories, packed full of amino acids and B Vitamins, and it’s super quick to prepare.  In just 30 minutes, there is no excuse not to make this one.

                8. Lamb & Haloumi Meatball Salad

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                  This is a match made in food heaven, lamb meatballs, haloumi and tzaziki dressing.  Be careful when buying haloumi as some brands are so salty they’re inedible. Look out or buy from a good deli and insist on trying it before you buy. Because of it’s robust taste, you won’t need a lot of it and therefore will cut down on fat and calories. Just delicious.

                  9. Indian Meatballs with Lentil Pilaf and Yoghurt

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                    Here’s a spicy Indian take on meatballs. Yum!  These are packed full with the goodness of ginger, garlic, coriander and cumin, with the added health benefit of lentils.  Lentils are full of protein, iron, zinc and folate, and this recipe can be prepped & cooked in 30 minutes flat. Absolutely perfect.

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                    10. Baked Apple & Pork Meatballs

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                      Pork, apples, sage & garlic. The benefits of garlic are fairly well known, but one of the biggest is the boost it gives your immune system. These meatballs can be made and frozen in batches for an even quicker mealtime. And apple and pork, now that is matrimonial food bliss.

                      All in all, these ten meatball recipes are packed full of goodness, are tasty and quick, and they definitely won’t see you standing for hours in the kitchen prepping and cooking. These truly are the perfect recipe for busy people.

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                      Video Summary

                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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