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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 September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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