MIND-BLOWING JERK TURKEY BALLS

Not all balls are created equal. There are balls. And, there are BALLS!! Of course, I went the ones that screamed enormous flavors. After all, I’ve been here before. It’s amazing how a few added ingredients can tweak a bland poultry dish into an amazing one.

The main ‘player’ (ingredient) that made my turkey dish super-special was a small input of jerk seasoning  from the jar. Thanks to the ethnic aisle in my neighborhood store, I was able to be transported to Jamaica. A pinch goes a long way. That small move took my balls to another level. In addition, sautéed diced veggies and other ingredients  consisting of:

  • onion
  • carrot
  • celery
  • garlic
  • egg
  • panko bread crumbs
  • scallion
  • thyme
  • parsley
  • salt/black pepper
  • soy sauce
  • olive oil
  • brown sugar

were added in order to make these balls succulent and mouth-watering. Instead of frying my balls, I baked them for approximately 20 minutes at 375-degree fahrenheit. Then, they were placed a sweet and sour sauce consisting of a pinch of jerk sauce.

My balls were extremely happy and receptive. They absorbed all the sticky, sour, spicy and sweet ingredients.

 

 

 

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SPICY TURKEY BALLS IN SWEET/SOUR SAUCE

So glad that I took the time to play with my balls (well, the seasoning of my ground turkey). Balls never tasted so good. I desired turkey balls that were firm on the exterior and super-moist and succulent on the interior.

And, I think I achieved same. You see, ground turkey is somewhat bland and normally requires the input of spices, flavors, and other ingredients in order to perk up and gain a mouth-watering dish. Raided my pantry and refrigerator and added the following finely chopped ingredients: a ‘holy trinity’ of sort.

  • celery
  • carrot
  • onion
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • scotch bonnet pepper

Along with:

  • salt/black peppers
  • eggs
  • ketchup
  • paprika
  • vinegar
  • Panko bread crumbs

Folded sauteed assorted veggies in turkey along with other ingredients. Balls were made and sprinkled with olive oil. These were baked in oven for 15 to 18 minutes at 375 degrees fahrenheit.

TURKEY BALLS FOR BAKING
TURKEY BALLS FOR BAKING

Balls were then simmered a sweet and sour sauce made up of :

  • vinegar
  • ketchup
  • sugar/honey
  • pinch of salt
  • corn starch

They absorbed all the mouth-watering flavors. Balls  were then garnished with finely chopped parsley.

 

QUICK/LIGHT #PAN-ROASTED TOMATOES/ANGEL HAIR

Supper was a breeze. In less than 20 minutes, my palate and I were able to savor the sweet and mouth-watering offerings of summer in the form of tomatoes and pasta.  Allowed tomatoes to slowly pan-roast in a drizzle of olive oil. Added  some roughly chopped onions and blanched broccoli spears and crushed garlic.

Tossed in al dente style whole-wheat angel hair. Pasta finished the cooking process by absorbing all the amazing juices of tomatoes, onions, garlic and olive oil.  All ingredients and foods mingled well. Garnished dish with finely chopped  curly parsley.

As the juicy tomatoes  exploded and hit the roof of my palate, I knew I was in a good place.

LINGUINE WITH KALE/BROCCOLI PESTO TOPPED WITH HONEY/LEMON SHRIMP

I went a little over the top with nature’s wholesome greens. it  was sort of leap out of the  ‘box’; in that I created a pesto from atypical ingredients. Instead of the classic  basil and/or other herbs, I opted for kale, broccoli and parsley.

Greens were rinsed in tepid water and then added to food processor along with roasted garlic and a splash of water for a quick pulse. This was then seasoned with a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of black pepper, a few pieces of walnuts and crumbled feta cheese.

With a quick final pulse of ingredients, pesto was ready for linguine.

KALE, BROCCOLI AND PARSLEY PESTO
KALE, BROCCOLI AND PARSLEY PESTO

Pesto was then folded into hot linguine. Served pasta with  honey and lemon shrimp.

A POTASSIUM STACK FOR EASTER MORN #BANANA PANCAKES

Easter Sunday morning found me in a perfect place. Started the day with fresh pineapple with blueberries.  Had a few over-ripened bananas and decided to make a stack of pancakes.

To the batter, I also incorporated:-

  • old-fashioned oats, whole-wheat flour,baking powder, olive oil, ground cinnamon and ginger, egg, and a pinch of salt.

All ingredients were combined and cooked in skillet until cooked. These were served with a drizzle of pancake syrup and topped with fresh grapes. I could not resist, I a few strips of crispy bacon on the side.

Delicious ripe banana pancakes were paired with freshly squeezed Florida (red) grapefruit juice.

BEET/CARROT BROWNIE #PULP GOODNESS

I admit; sometimes I have a ‘sweet-tooth’. Wanted to find somewhat of a healthy way to enjoy the sweet side of things without feeling guilty. Made my staple beet/carrot drink to last me throughout the week. Hence, I reserved the pulp of this refreshing combination drink. I reckon carrot/beet cake was on my mind as I whipped up this healthy and sweet goodness.

BEET ROOT AND CARROT PULP
BEET ROOT AND CARROT PULP

Decided to make a batch of brownie from same. With additional ingredients of:

  • Mashed ripe bananas (for natural sweetness)
  • Sugar (2 teaspoon)
  • Eggs (2 med)
  • Oats (1 cup)
  • Olive oil (1/2 cup)
  • Whole-wheat flour (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Cranberries (1/2 cup)
  • Powdered ginger (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
BATTER READY FOR OVEN
BATTER READY FOR OVEN

Baking pan was lined with parchment paper for easy retrieval and clean-up. After spraying with a little Pam oil, brownie batter was baked in pre-heated 375 degrees fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. After cooling, brownie was sliced in small portions.

Each bite was a sweet delight.

 

ONE OF SPRING’S APHRODISIAC FOODS #ASPARAGUS

The flirty days of spring are once again in our midst. Gone are the cold and dreary days of winter (well, except for some territories). Spring is the time when we store the bulky clothes and adore ourselves with  light and easy clothes.

And, when we go light on our garments, we can’t help but to simultaneously do so with our diets. The marketplaces remind that it’s spring as well. Some of the signature produces for the season are: green peas/beans, okra, and of course asparagus.

One of the great advantages of buying seasonal is that the prices are relatively competitive. Thus, I got somewhat of a ‘steal’ with one of my favorites (asparagus).  It is said that these spears help the body to produce hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone which in turn circulate to the bloodstream.

I made a quick blanche with some of my spears. To blanche is to cook quickly in liquid (water, oil, broth, etc) and then cease the cooking process in an icy bath. In addition, blanching brings out the natural hues in produces.

After drying my long and slender asparagus, I dried on a dish clothe and placed same in  garlic-flavored olive oil. As you can observe, they retained their brilliant green that says ‘spring’.  Moreover, they were crispy and delicious.