Teriyaki Ginger Turkey Meatballs (Paleo, Keto-friendly!)

Hey y’all. What’s poppin.

I don’t know if it was just an overwhelming need for a “break”, but I’ve had a renewed sense of “why the hell am I ignoring this blog when I love cooking, cook every day anyway, and need to document it”, so I am back.

If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve posted some stories here and there. Back in January, I had some house drama and I kind of fell off the blog wagon. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to be a normal human again, socializing, going out to dinner, seeing friends, and sitting my derriere pool side. I suppose I haven’t made much time to be online, as that’s LITERALLY all I did for the last year…. But I’m back. Vaxxed, waxed, all the sass.

So, what’s so special about today? Well, considering from the fact that I am now a work orphan (my whole team has taken really amazing opportunities elsewhere within the organization, go team!), it made me think about how I need to really cultivate and leverage my skills. Professionally, sure – that’s one thing. However, I love sharing food, woo-woo spiritual stuff, and just my general weird self with you all.

Tonight is the new moon in Gemini – I find this particularly relevant, because my moon (when I was born) is in Gemini. I’m a Libra, my ascendant is in Pisces, everything is duality in my life.

Guess who hates ambiguity, “close calls”, and grey areas? Yeah, it’s me. I hate that shit.

So, back this new moon in Gemini. I treat new moons like a jumping off point into the next energetic window – what renewed feeling do you want to embrace? What do you want to reset? This one in particular though was also a solar eclipse. To put it in laymen’s terms, this window of renewal also removed our illumination temporarily, so eclipses can often feel like a point of total confusion and darkness. What better time to pull the plug and press the reset button when you can’t see shit? Just kidding.

However, I don’t see this window as a time of major action – just reevaluating. I know sometimes people like to do whatever rituals feel right during a new moon – which, by all means, please continue to do what makes your heart sing. However, when something like this happens alongside an eclipse, I think that pressing the reset button just requires a bit more thought and introspection. Let this “period of eclipsed darkness” kind of let your mind go where it needs to go.

A friendly reminder that not only the sun and moon are in Gemini today, but Mercury is also there too. And Mercury is in retrograde… so it’s alright if you’re feeling a little jacked up when trying to take some time to think about what you may want to re-evaluate, reset or renew. When the Sun and Mercury are together in the same sign, typically you get that happy, cheerful confidence around your own thoughts, but the retrograde adds a very real layer of confusion. The moral of the story – be chill during this time, things are really weird.

In other news, I made meatballs. I haven’t given a lot of thought to curating my recipes recently, so here’s a shitty picture of them. They taste good. I promise.

Teriyaki Ginger Turkey Meatballs (Paleo, Keto-friendly!)

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 15 min

Makes 12-15 meatballs

Ingredients

  • Ground turkey, kept as cold as possible
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp finely chopped or minced fresh ginger
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 of a small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • dash of fresh lime juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. Place back in fridge or freezer so that meat can cool, making it easier to handle (I buy Koch’s Ground Turkey from Harvest Market – it’s a bit “wet”, so it has to be cold to handle well).
  2. Roll into even meatballs. Place on a parchment or foil-lined/greased baking sheet, approx. 2-3 inches apart.
  3. Bake until starting to brown, about 20-25 min.
  4. Serve with sesame oil/soy sauce zoodles, your favorite teriyaki dipping sauce… heck, throw them in a bowl and eat em straight… I like to garnish mine with sliced scallions. They’re delicious. I missed together some miso, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and Vegenaise for a dipping sauce…. it was righteous.

Enjoy!

-S

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