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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 July 8, 2020

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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