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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cranberry Meatballs

With all the fun that was this weekend, my healthy eating habits definitely took a downward dive. But it's okay because I know I can focus and get right back on track, and the best way to do that is with exercise. So on Monday after we tested our verticals and sprint times (300s), I continued the great workout and felt so much better afterwards. In case you are curious and want to do a similar one, here is what I ended up doing! My legs were shot afterwards, but it was so worth it. I kind of just freestyle it as I go, so feel free to switch things up according to your needs. I figure as long as you are sweating and feel like passing out at the end, your workout will be a successful one :)

-Elliptical, 10 minutes
-Kettle bell circuit, 3 sets with 30 seconds rest between sets:
  • 10 swings, 45 lbs
  • 5 each arm single arm snatches, 25 lbs
  • 10 squats, 45 lbCran
  • 20 side to side bends, 25 lbs
-Elliptical, 20 minutes
-Cardio circuit, 3x through with 30 seconds rest between sets:
  • 20 side to side skaters (with 15 lb medicine ball)
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 jump tucks
-10 minute abs

It was a monster of a workout but I do feel so much better now! After a good weights and sprinting session today, I am ready for Thanksgiving :) Hopefully it will not take too much of a toll...

Now on to the good stuff, a Thanksgiving-y meatball recipe that you will be crazy about, especially since I got to test it out on some friends over the weekend and I think they would agree :)

Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

Ingredients
  • Approx. 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1.5 tbsp salt
Directions
  1. Pulse cranberries in a blender or magic bullet until they are coarsely chopped.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl, and add ground meat, parmesan, salt and seasoning, and mix well.
  3. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or two, depending on how big you want your meatballs to be. (I would say that this recipe makes about 20 1-inch meatballs).
  4. Shape into balls (or burgers if you prefer) and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until the meat is browned throughout.
  5. Enjoy! Serve as an appetizer or with my revolutionary Cranberryana Sauce :) (featured in the photos)
Are you going to surprise your friends and family with these this Thanksgiving? :)

Cranberry-Parmesan Meatballs

Let me know what you think!

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