Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs

Does anyone else feel like their appetite has completely changed lately?  With the weather getting chillier, I have been craving totally different foods.  Maybe it’s just the foodie that I am, but comfort food appeals to me so much more of these chilly evenings.  This weekend I was able to spend time in the kitchen, perfecting a few new recipes for the blog.  This one I am sharing today is my personal favorite!!
There are very few dishes I look forward to more than meatballs simmering in a delicious homemade Italian tomato sauce.  Something about them, maybe the comfort brings me back to my childhood.  I will always remember my grandmother calling and inviting me over for her fabulous meatballs and so I decided to get her recipe over the last week and clean it up a bit!  I tried to make my cleaned up version as easy as possible because I don’t know about you, but I always making something easy, especially these weeks that I am working later than usual.  Sometimes the simplest things are the most satisfying!
low-carb, gluten-free turkey meatballs
low-carb, gluten-free turkey meatballs
I am not opposed to lean red meat but I will usually limit my intake per week.  I figured in order to make these even healthier, I would use ground turkey.  I also used almond meal to make them a little cleaner and low-carb instead of the traditional breadcrumbs used in most meatball recipes.  You would never know there are no breadcrumbs when you use almond meal, so be sure to give it a try!  If you would like to use gluten-free breadcrumbs, that works as well (I love the brand, Aleia’s). 
My grandmother used to pan-fry her meatballs in a skillet.  I can still remember her standing over the stove frying each one to perfection, but I actually baked them in this recipe and they turned out amazing – much healthier!
Try the recipe here! 🙂 
Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Italian Turkey Meatballs
Delicious Low-Carb, Turkey Meatballs very lean but full of flavor!
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  1. 2 C Marinara sauce (I like Rao's Homemade, it is the best tasting store bought and very low carb, only 3g net carb for a 1/2 cup)- I usually will make my own but didn't have time this weekend
  2. 1 lb. (mine was actually 20 oz.) ground turkey, lean
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 large egg yolk
  5. 1 Tbs yellow onion, finely chopped
  6. 1 tsp dried basil
  7. 2/3 C almond meal (if you are not trying to eat low carb, you can use gluten-free bread crumbs)
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. Fresh ground pepper
  10. 3 mozzarella cheese sticks cut in 1/4 inch cubes
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray your 13 x 9 baking dish with oil. Pour the sauce into the baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, garlic, onions, egg yolks, basil, almond meal, salt and pepper. Mix with hands. Do not over-mix because that will make the meatballs tough.
  3. Ok, to make the meatballs, use a measuring spoon, tablespoon. Fill it with the meatball mixture, level. Put a cheese cube into the spooned mixture. Turn over and pop out, tapping it onto the mixing bowl. Set aside, take another level meatball mixture full (level) and do the same. Do not put a cheese cube in it. Put one on top of the other and roll to combine. Put in baking dish on top of sauce. Continue until all the meatballs are made. Pop into oven for 22 minutes. Serve immediately.
  1. Remember try to keep the meatballs level tablespoon size or else you will have to cook them longer. These meatballs are really amazing, very low carb and gluten-free! Serve over spaghetti, on a roll, or anything else you can think of! 🙂
Alyssa Grieco


This is one half of a meatball and the cheese I add in! 🙂

low-carb, gluten-free turkey meatballs


Apple Picking & Low-Carb Apple Spice Muffins!

Good morning!! I am currently having the Monday morning blues over here as I sit getting ready to begin my workout! I actually love Monday’s because I feel as though it’s a fresh start and I get pumped but I definitely get the blues sometimes because it means a long week of working like crazy even though I love it! 
With our crazy schedules, T and I were able to find one weekend to go apple picking! While it was a very veryyyy warm day, we had a blast in the middle of the apple orchard, taking in God’s beautiful creation and picking some delicious apples, while testing them along the way (the best part ;))!!  I was able to make an apple pie for the family, delicious applesauce, and many other apple creations!  I loved having a variety of different kinds of apples to try. 
Good thing we had these guys to carry the apples 😉 
One of the recipes I’ve been making a lot recently brings me back to my original muffin-in-a-cup but I made a seasonal one because I find them so awesome!
Before going gluten-free, I used to consume carbs, mainly bread at every meal!.. which literally made me feel so ill and exhausted most of my life!  When I went gluten-free, that is what brought me to make the muffin-in-a-cup and I have been hooked ever since. Whenever I am craving a carb, I make one of these.  I think I’ve been craving bread-like carbs more since it is getting much cooler and I just want to be cozy!  Sometimes I’ll add the whipped cream if I am having it for dessert, other times I will make it plain. I also love it because I know exactly what is in it and not like many store bought items (gluten-free items included) loaded with a ton of stuff i don’t even know!  Try this!! 🙂 
1/4 C Golden Flaxseed Meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 packet of coconut sugar, Truvia/Splenda or other sweetener
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 Tbs applesauce (I used the homemade applesauce I made but you can buy unsweetened applesauce)
1 large egg
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts 
Mix together the first 7 ingredients with a wisk in a coffee cup.  Then add the applesauce, egg, nuts and olive oil. 
Mix together with wisk and put in microwave and cook on high for 1 min. And 20 sec. 
Top with light whipped cream ( I like the Whole Foods brand). 
Hope you enjoy!! Stay tuned for my grandmother’s famous Italian meatballs (the healthy version!!) coming up next! 

A Little Mediterranean Flare!

Lately so much has been happening!! One of the big things I am mentioning on the blog today is that I have decided to continue my education as a Certified Nutrition Coach!  I have thought about this for years but I guess I never really felt the time was right and now I’m like, what am I waiting for?!? This has been a passion of mine since I finished high school. So that is where I am at right now… hitting the books again, on the weekends and when I am not working ;).

Okay so, in the past few weeks, I have been on a Mediterranean kick.  There are a few awesome authentic Mediterranean restaurants near my office and my team always seems to choose them when we go out to lunch, which inspired me to make today’s recipe.  While I try to refrain from eating out too often, especially for lunch, there are times it is unavoidable and enjoyable!  I believe that if you are trying to lose weight, you should try to limit the amount you eat out at restaurants.  I don’t mean once in a while, I mean like 3-4 times a week! It is often so difficult to stick to a plan of healthy eating when there are so many options that can quickly lead you off track.  At the same time, I believe if you put to much restriction on yourself, you will always fail.  Moderation is key!!  Once you are able to implement moderation, you can basically eat anything! Living a life off a list of things you “can’t” eat is really not living at all! 😉

I have always been fascinated by health and nutrition and really understanding the correlation between the foods I consume and how I feel.  I started realizing this when I went gluten-free, but also being selective with the foods I eat in general really makes a difference!  Since T and I got back from our honeymoon and got settled, we have been back to our usual healthy eating and I already feel more energized throughout the week!

I’ve been experimenting, trying to make a few healthy Greek dishes at home and I am loving it!  After not being in the kitchen for a while, it feels great to be back and able to actually cook, especially in my new kitchen!! I am obsessed! I am posting the latest and greatest Mediterranean chicken salad with this awesome seasoning that truly makes this so special!  Do not make this salad without the seasoning!! It is key!  It is super simple but high in protein and will keep you satisfied for hours!

The best olive selection ever is at Whole Foods!


1 large healthy head of organic romaine lettuce 
2-3 organic chicken breasts (grilled and chopped). I usually make this in advance to save time.
2 teaspoons Whole Foods Mediterranean seasoning
1/2 cup Olive oil 
1/4-1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Katamala olives
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup feta
Cherry tomatoes, sliced

In a bowl add salad ingredients putting the romaine in first then additional ingredients on top. In a small bowl, add olive oil, vinegar, and Medeterranian seasoning. Wisk liquid ingredients until mixed well. Pour over salad. Dress to your liking! Do not overdress! You should expect to have leftover dressing. 

Ta-da!!!!!! Enjoy 🙂