Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Yummy recipes and temptation~

Been a bit MIA due to this darn cold I cannot seem to get rid of.  Seems that we are all passing it around down here!!

Wanted to share a couple new recipes we tried this week, along with the blogs they are from.

The first is for Indian Style Meatballs with Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce from Mike over at The Iron You.  My sweet friend Brandi of Don't Disturb This Groove shared Mike's website with me after learning I am now following a gluten free diet.  Mike has tons of great healthy recipes on his blog.

Makes 22 bite size meatballs (perfect for appetizers, or you can make larger for an entree)

1/2 lb/226 gr organic grass-fed ground beef
1 large free-range egg
1 small sweet potato
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp fine grain sea salt

1 Tbs olive oil

2/3 C plain greek yogurt
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp maple syrup
extra salt and pepper for seasoning


Cook the sweet potato in a pot of salted water until tender, about 30 minutes.  In the meantime, roast the garlic in a heavy skillet over medium high heat, turning occasionally, until you get black spots all over, about 10-15 minutes.  Transfer to a cutting board, remove the papery skins and smush into a paste. (we had already peeled cloves on hand so we just roasted those).  Combine yogurt with roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.  Process until smooth then set aside until ready to use.  Once the sweet potato is cooked, peel and mash using the tines of a fork.  Transfer to a large bowl and add ground  beef, egg, onion, spices and salt.  Mix until well combined.  Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of meat mixture and form meatballs about 1 inch wide.  In a large pan (or skillet) heat the olive oil over medium high heat.  Cook the meatballs in batches until golden, this will take about 15 to 20 minutes. (We roasted ours in the oven while our sweet potato fries were cooking as well) Serve hot with garlic cream sauce.

As I mentioned we served ours with spicy sweet potato fries, which turned out to be a great compliment.  They are spicy, so if you do not like a lot of heat you may want to reduce the garam masala or cayenne just a tad.

The second recipe comes from the very sweet Diana of Nana Diana Takes A Break.  This apple chunk cake is AMAZING!  And as Diana will tell ya...Not For the  Calorie Conscious. LOL  Let me just tell ya, it was worth every extra inch added to my waistline!!

You can find the recipe here.

My photo does not do this cake the justice that it deserves.  Diana's however is mouth watering! I should also mention that I adapted a couple things to make this gluten free.  Easy conversion!

and, would someone please hide this from me...as if the cake hadn't already done me in...this just keep calling my name...

Be sure to pay Mike and Diana a visit.  One your waistline will thank you for, the other...well...your inner sweet tooth will!


NanaDiana said...

Awww...Thank you, Lauren. You are way too sweet! That cake is dangerous, isn't it? lol

That first recipe sounds delicious, too. I am copying it over to try one day soon.

Have a great night! xo Diana

Karena Albert said...

Oh yum, Lauren you find the best recipes!!

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Blondie's Journal said...

These are great recipes (love Diana!). I'd like to try the meatball one, I have been meaning to hunt down garam masala and now I have a real excuse! Thanks and feel better soon!


Allison said...

The cake sounds yummy and decadent! Always fun to try a new recipe. Hope you are starting to feel better Lauren.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Hope you feel better soon - I am making sweet potato fries for dinner tomorrow and I like them spicy too :-)

Becky M said...

The apple chunk cake looks amazing!


Alexa said...

Yum! Looks so delicious! :)

Lisa Odom said...

Just found your blog through another blog friend. Love your recipes. Your daughters are beautiful! I have three daughters and will be an empty nester soon. :(

Katie Clooney said...

You and Diana are a bad influence on me... that cake looks beyond yummy. Hope you get over that darn old cold soon!!!

lindley said...

I keep finding yummy gluten free recipes! Exciting!! Not sure how my little fam feels about meatballs, but I'll let you know if I try this! Hope you feel better soon!!

Linda Primmer said...

Wow, yumm for sure~ So sorry to hear you can't get rid of the cold. The apple cake looks amazing. I can't wait to get my kitchen in order and start baking. xo

Mimi said...

Wow, way to much goodness here! Yum!
And I'm so sorry you havent been feeling well, everyone around us have been sick and my little boy just got over a bad cold too!
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Val said...

Such a great meatball recipe. Happy Sunday!

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Chic Coastal Living said...

Yummm! You always have the best food inspiration here! Now I'm hungry!

Ron said...

Lauren, this sounds delicious!!! Have a great "hump day".

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ohh I love homemade meatballs! I must try! Thank you for sharing!

Anne said...

Lovely recipes....hope you are feeling better now:)

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Mike @TheIronYou said...

Thank you Lauren for the shout out. I truly appreciate it!

Riya Singh said...

I like this delicoius and spicy recipes, thank you for sharing....!
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