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February 2018

Cauliflower Chowder with Spiced Chickpeas

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I get on these kicks sometimes… Recently, it’s chowders. I literally wake up thinking about making chowder. I’ve never made a chowder. Never really had a burning desire to. But then for whatever reason, and this is how it works with me, I see something on TV or I have something at a restaurant and suddenly I am fixated on this one thing.

Chowder can be defined in different ways. But from what I understand, it ultimately means that potatoes are involved in some capacity. This recipe incorporates a potato for texture and creaminess – but some chowders leave them whole/diced. Does it really matter? No, not really.

My version of chowder (this time – stay tuned, there will be more where this came from!) is smooth and creamy… It is almost silky in texture. And I gotta say, one of the easiest recipes, quite possibly, ever!

I’ve posted several meatless recipes to demonstrate yummy ways of incorporating a meatless meal into the weekly routine (if you’re not already…) It makes life so much easier when you don’t have to cook a protein + it’s so good for digestion when we give it a little break from time to time. For all of my plant-based eaters, this is is a no-brainer for you. But for all of my carnivores, I’d be willing to bet you rarely if ever consider eating a meal that doesn’t involve meat of some sort. I’m here to tell you – try it! Once a week. Give it a shot and I promise you will feel good from it!

Over the last few weeks I’ve posted some great meals that I can speak for Mo (aka the ultimate carnivore) in saying that the meatless state of those meals was lost on him. Had I not told him there was no meat involved, I am 98% sure he never would’ve noticed.

That being said, this chowder will be a giveaway. Its meatless-ness (I know, not a word, but it works well here… Go with it!) will be noticed. But it is warm and filling and full of good nutrition. I served, yes, you guessed it: a “Big Salad” to go along with, which I kept meatless as well. We were completely satisfied, not wishing for more. It was a great meal.

That being said, this would be the most wonderful start to a meal vs being the main dish as I served it as. Or, served with a big piece of my 5-minute Grain Free Bread. Either way, it is wonderful!

We hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Cauliflower Chowder with Spiced Chickpeas

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 Yukon gold potato
  • 5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1, 15oz can low sodium chickpeas, drained, rinsed and divided
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup, light, canned coconut milk
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 bunch chives, finely chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet and a small baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, spray with coconut oil cooking spray and set aside.
  • Chop cauliflower into florets, and peel and chop the potato. Arrange on the baking sheet and drizzle with about 1 tbsp olive oil and a couple of pinches of salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  • Lay a small sheet of foil out and place garlic on top. Drizzle with approx. 1 tsp olive oil, wrap in foil so that it is completely enclosed and place on sheet with cauliflower and potatoes.
  • Roast cauliflower/potatoes for 20 – 25 minutes, until the cauliflower is starting to brown and the potatoes are soft (it’s okay if they are a little al dente). Check the garlic after 10 minutes to make sure it isn’t burning.
  • While the vegetables are roasting, place all but ½ cup of the chickpeas onto the small baking sheet. Toss with sea salt and the smoked paprika. Place into the oven to roast for approx. 15 minutes – toss them occasionally. They’re done when crispy and slightly browned.
  • Allow the vegetables to cool for 5 minutes and then add them to a high-powered blender. Squeeze the garlic out of skin and add it to the blender as well.
  • Add ½ cup of the chickpeas, broth, coconut milk, miso, nutritional yeast and additional salt and pepper, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Serve warm topped with chives and roasted chickpeas.

Recipe adapted from Alyssa at simplyquinoa.com

Mindset & Meditation: Stealing Joy

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Stealing Joy

 

This week’s mindfulness echo’s last week’s post on “Look Within”. Too often, especially in the digital age, we let our happiness be determined by “likes”. We glare at photo-shopped images comparing our bodies to others, and we let other people’s opinions impact OUR attitude and mood for the day. All of these have one thing in common. They steal our happiness, our self-confidence, our self-worth, and our joy.

 

In the meditation from last week we are guided to not seek approval from outside sources, rather, look within yourself to find your happiness, what makes you unique, and THAT is what you should focus on.   There are also those out in the world, fire starters, who thrive on getting a “reaction” out of you. These people are thieves of your joy. If left alone, they have no power, but they poke and poke waiting for the moment you break and reply/react. You have just given them power. Think for a moment about the last time something you read or heard got you all fired up. Now think of how you then acted towards other people thereafter. Were you kind and patient, or were you short and potentially rude?

 

The same rule applies in traffic, where we all tend to lose it from time to time. Nothing gets under our skin more than the person that cuts us off in traffic. This is where your mindfulness practice is put to the test. We think that this jerk cut us off on purpose, and maybe he/she did, but maybe they are rushing to help someone, get to the hospital, make it to an important meeting on time and they simply didn’t see you. Maybe they did see you and they feel bad for cutting you off but don’t have time, or know how to say sorry/thanks/oops in that spit second. Whatever the case may be, don’t let traffic or people in traffic steal your joy. Again, there are folks on the road that like to “poke the bear”, however, it is up to you whether or not you react. Instead of getting angry and letting them know they are number one with that special digit, create a picture of patience and say to yourself and them, “I hope you get where you are going safely and everything is alright”. Then smile and wave. Try it, and I assure you, that you will feel a sense of happiness and peace instead of anger, and you will go through your day a bit more confident in your ability to stay calm and be happy.

The Health Episodes #4: If you are Sick of Getting Sick, Listen to This

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With flu, colds, and pneumonia running rampant this year, we want to help keep you healthy and strong. In this episode we talk about our “go to” supplements that can greatly reduce your risk for getting sick, and/or as soon as you feel sickness coming on, can help reduce the severity and length of your ailment and get you back on your feet!

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Paleo Teriyaki Mushroom Egg Fried “Rice” Bowls

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A funny fact about me, and don’t judge my mother for this… I grew up eating White Rice with Butter and Soy Sauce for Breakfast. True story. I mean, from the time I was, I don’t know, 4 years old to maybe 8 or 9 years old. Oh my goodness – I can taste it right now! I can smell it! The sticky-ish rice with the salty soy sauce and the creamy, fatty goodness from the butter to bring it all together. Holy moly. It is so good!

I’ve been reminiscing about it a little so I decided I’d try to make something that took me back a bit. This recipe is obviously a bit more fitting to the way we practice Nutrition as it is a complete meal and void of MSG. If it weren’t for Mo, frankly I would’ve left it at the cauliflower fried rice and been done with it – I mean, I probably would’ve eaten the whole batch — I could live on rice of any kind! But Mo would fire me as his chef 😉 if I did that. He needs PROTEIN! LOL! …he does. He really does. I do! YOU do! We all do! This is just a little inside-joke between the two of us because he tends to get a little fixated on his protein intake at times. And if you know Mo, you know that he gets fixated on nothing! Anyway…

This turned out really well! It is completely meatless and who doesn’t love an over easy egg on top of just about anything!?! The mushrooms bring the whole thing together and the cauliflower fried rice really does taste like fried rice. It’s awesome! If you’re not feeling the meatless thing, grilled grass fed flank steak would be great with this… As would grilled wild caught shrimp! But I’ve got to say, I don’t think you’ll miss the meat and without it – this comes together so quickly! It’s the perfect satisfying weeknight meal!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Paleo Teriyaki Mushroom Egg Fried “Rice” Bowls

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Mushrooms

  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • approx. 16 medium/large shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos or tamari
  • approx. thumb size of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • black pepper

Cabbage

  • 1 small head napa cabbage (or chinese cabbage), roughly sliced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp chinese five spice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Egg Fried “Rice”

  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3, 12-16oz bags pre-riced cauliflower rice
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos or tamari
  • ½ bunch fresh chives, finely chopped

To Serve

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • several leaves fresh cilantro
  • 4 over easy eggs (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper – spray with a light coating of coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Place the cauliflower rice onto the baking sheet in an even layer and sprinkle with a couple of pinches of sea salt. Toss to combine. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes, toss and roast for another 5-10 minutes, until slightly browned on top. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, make the mushrooms. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook over for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • While the mushrooms are cooking, in a small bowl, add the honey, rice wine vinegar, coconut aminos/tamari, ginger, garlic, and a couple of pinches of black pepper. Whisk well to combine, and pour over the mushrooms. Cook over medium heat for another few minutes, stirring regularly to prevent burning, until the sauce has reduced and become sticky. Pour mushrooms into a bowl and set aside.
  • Now prepare the cabbage. Place the cabbage into the same skillet you used for the mushrooms with approx. 2 tbsp water and bring to a simmer. Steam for approx. 5 minutes or until tender but still bright green in color. Pour off excess liquid, pour into a separate bowl, season with chinese five spice and cayenne pepper and set aside.
  • Now, make the egg fried rice. Using the same skillet you used for the cabbage, heat coconut oil and add the eggs. Cook over a fairly low heat for 2 minutes, stirring regularly, until the eggs are fully cooked. Add the roasted cauliflower rice and coconut aminos/tamari and cook until warmed completely through. Pour chives in and stir well to combine.
  • Serve in bowls starting with the cabbage, egg fried rice and then the teriyaki mushrooms. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.

 

Recipe adapted from Becca at amuseyourbouche.com

Episode 144: An interview with Beni Gifford Like you Have Never Heard Before

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In this episode Miles and I chat with our friend Beni Gifford.  We start the show as we always do, wanting to not just learn about training and racing, but really dive into what makes our guests tick, and boy did we learn a lot! Beni opens up, enlightens us, and shares some diamonds, not pearls, of wisdom that you absolutely must hear!

You will here and learn:

  •  How to use the “why” technique for things you want or how you want to become, perform, etc.
  • How Beni uses meditation and one of the best/funniest mantras I’ve ever heard to get through hard races
  • How he has made difficult choices and not followed the status quo of what he “should be doing” in order to follow his own unique path to happiness in life
  • How to prevent conflict with co-workers, family, & friends with the “call out at point easy” technique
  • Why it is so important to chase your dreams
  • His greatest OCR influences and heroes
  • How he views his body as a Ferrari and how he uses nutrition to fuel the machine!
  • Why he thinks “NO WAN” will beat Hunter McIntyre on the Skull Buster
  • The reemergence of his alter ego “Antonio”
  • and a LOT MORE!! Seriously you will walk away from this episode inspired

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Check out Muse Wearable meditation band HERE

Mindset & Meditation: Look Within

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Look Within

I first listened to this guided meditation one pre-dawn morning sitting on a beach in Maui.  My external surroundings were incredible, but the message in the meditation helped me to realize that, internally, everything I was working towards and trying to become was already present, I simply needed to be still, look within, and listen.

When we search for a goal, or aspire to be/look/perform/act a specific way we more often than not look at other people. Our thoughts become fixated on, “if I could just be like/look like XYZ, then I would reach the goal, or be happy”. This week’s focus is to set aside your desire to look or be like someone else, and to go within yourself to discover who YOU are and understand that, you are exactly who you are supposed to be, and that whatever it is you are seeking to find/become is already in you. You simply need to be still, be quiet, look within, love yourself, and listen…

 

For this week’s audio you will need to download the free Insight Timer app on your smartphone. Search for Sarah Blondin and listen to “Discovering Your Intrinsic Self”

Warm Kale and Spinach Salad with a Creamy Paleo Lemon Dressing

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I’m a Nutritionist. And what that means is: I am supposed to be head over heels for KALE. All hale KALE. But… I’m not. I actually think it tastes a bit like a banana… And if you know me or follow me at all, you know that I loathe bananas. Always have. I’m sorry if I’ve now ruined the kale experience for you. Next time you eat it (hopefully this salad) you’re probably going to think of bananas. But, perhaps that will be a great thing, because maybe you really like bananas. All I know is – while I really don’t care for kale, I’ve learned that if I let it marinade in dressing for a bit or if I roast it and get it crispy, THEN I really enjoy it. Hence the birth of this salad. Well, and the fact that I am trying to incorporate more meatless dinners into our mix for Mo’s sake. The man loves meat. A lot. And left to his own devices, would probably eat it at every meal in spite of believing whole-heartedly that there is no need for it at every meal. I, on the other hand, would eat meat once a week, if left to my own devices. I’m not opposed to it, I would just much rather have vegetables!

So, we compromise………

I ALWAYS use spinach in the “Big Salads” I make. It’s my favorite. It’s dark green, it’s leafy, it’s antgi-inflammatory, it’s full of nutrition and man. It’s SO easy when you buy the pre-washed organic stuff. AND, it isn’t bitter like some other greens… Ehemmm KALE!

But, like we coach our clients, variety is the spice of life! 🙂 So I try to use other greens when I’m feeling the motivation to do so. I’ve never made a “massaged kale salad” before. But I have eaten them and really enjoyed them, in spite of my apparent distaste for kale. Mo loves kale, so I thought I’d up my compromise game and throw some kale and try the whole “massage the leaves technique” and let it sit for a few before adding the other ingredients. You know? It’s super easy… A little messy on your hands, but who cares? And, here’s the kicker – I really liked it. Annnnd, a little bonus – kale is 3g of protein per 1 cup chopped, so when you’re going meatless, this is an important point to consider!

Will kale be the new spinach for me? Heck no! But, now I have an easy way to make it something I think is delicious! Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Warm Kale and Spinach Salad with a Creamy Paleo Lemon Dressing

Serves 2 as a meal or 4 as a side…

Ingredients:

Roasted Vegetables

  • 12-16oz bag pre-riced cauliflower rice
  • ½ tbsp smoked or regular paprika
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1lb baby new potatoes (any color), cut into ¼” thick rounds
  • 3 small carrots (any color), cut into ¼” thick rounds
  • 1, 15oz can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin

Dressing

  • ¼ cup Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice

Greens

  • 1 bunch dinosaur or lacinto kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional)

Directions:

  • First, make the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl – whisk until well combined and smooth. Pour ½ of the dressing over the chopped kale and massage with your hands so that all pieces of kale are coated evenly. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line one large, one medium and one small baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with a light coating of coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Place the cauliflower rice onto the medium baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt, paprika and turmeric – toss to combine. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes, toss and roast for another 5-10 minutes, until slightly browned on top. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, in a large bowl, combine cut potatoes and carrots. Add in drizzle of olive oil and spices, mix well until everything is evenly coated. Place in the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes, until slightly browned and tender.
  • Spread chickpeas onto the small baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and place in the oven, under the potatoes/carrots, to roast for approx. 15 minutes or until slightly browned and crisped.
  • Remove potatoes/carrots and chickpeas from oven and pour potatoes/carrots and cauliflower rice into the bowl with the dressed kale. Add the spinach and remaining dressing and toss well to combine.
  • Top with chickpeas and toss once more to combine.
  • Serve in bowls and top with jalapeno (if using) and toasted sesame seeds.

Episode 143: Rea Kolbl Reviews Spartan SoCal, Her New Training, How to Race Happy and More

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In this episode Spartan Champ and World’s Toughest Mudder Champ Rea Kolbl stops by and talks about:

  • Her recent domination at Spartan SoCal
  • The pads on Twister and Pre-filled buckets
  • How her training has changed since moving to Colorado
  • Her Manitou Incline run
  • Why it is important to race happy, and how to do this 🙂
  • Her race goals for 2018
  • and more!!

CLICK HERE to listen or download from iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud

Check out these articles on the benefits of smiling 🙂

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/08/smiling-benefits_n_6598840.html

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/7-benefits-smiling-and-laughing.html

You can grab the coconut milk that I talk about with Rea in our shop at www.linkendurance.com and click the “shop” tab

Here is the pre-workout supplement Rea mentions

The Health Episodes #3: Margaret Schlachter talks about Pole Dancing, Simplifying, Finding Balance Amongst fad Diets, and More

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When Alix and I started the Health Episodes I mentioned to her that I wanted to interview some folks to talk about health, fitness, and such. Margaret immediately came to mind, I reached out, she responded in about 3 seconds, and the rest is history :-).  It was perfect timing too, as she just published and article about finding joy and simplifying for her 2018 goal.

In this episode Margaret Schlachter talks with us about:

  • Her adventure in to pole dancing, how damn hard it is, and how it may be an Olympic sport soon.. yep you read that right.. 🙂
  • How she began a social media cleanse to connect with friends better
  • How she found balance and practical application with Wim Hoff and the Keto diet
  • How you can “stack” your training to get in movement, cooking, & meditation all at once
  • Her book recommendations for 2018 that encompass all aspects of health & wellness
  • And more!

CLICK HERE to listen or download from iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud

Check out Margaret’s blog post on “The Year of Simplicity” here

Books Margaret Mentioned:

Best Pole Dance Ever Link:
Brass Monkey Move:
Martini Spin:
Showgirl Spin:
And this gem… 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKGbHwliseM

Meatless Mushroom Meatballs

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Ahhhhh Meatless Monday’s. I really enjoy them! Sometimes it turns into a “Meatless Thursday” – nevertheless, while protein is obviously an incredibly important macronutrient, it is so wonderful on the body’s digestive system to take a break from animal protein sometimes – specifically meats – as these are toughest on the bloodstream and gut to break down. This is not a bad thing. Hear me: I am NOT advocating a meatless LIFE. but it is a great thing to offer the body a chance to break from it on occasion.

Mo and I spent the last 8 days in Maui, Hawaii. It was AMAZING. I will spare you the details so as to not rub it in 🙂 but suffice to say, we lived on fresh fruit smoothies and wild caught fish every day! It was fabulous!

Given that, we came back feeling pretty good… Sometimes travel can really take it out of you – especially when you don’t stick to your typical routine of clean-eating or perhaps drink alcohol more than normal, etc. Plus, travel in and of itself can be tough on the body… Plus, we’ve had a TON going on with LINK Endurance over the past month. So many WONDERFUL things that we are thrilled to share with all of you (are you signed up for our weekly newsletters!?!?) but nonetheless, I feel like we’ve been go-go-go for weeks now, even in Maui.

When we got back to Dallas we both decided it would be a good idea to give our bodies a little break and an easy way to do that would be going meatless at dinner for 5 days.

One of the greatest things I took away from practicing plant-based a few years ago is just because meat is available doesn’t mean I actually need it or want it. It’s just the American way right? We have a protein at every meal. I think it is SO important (and you know this if you follow us!) to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Before you order at a restaurant or decide what to cook for dinner – really think about it: do you WANT meat? Are you actually hungry for it? If so, YES! By all means! Have it! But if not, consider going meatless. Our bodies are so wise… If we listen consistently enough and actually adhere to, we will balance ourselves out so naturally. Okay now I’m getting on one of my favorite tangents! Back to the recipe!

These meatballs were absolutely delicious! All the texture and meatiness of the typical meatball but – no meat. And if you want to make them vegan, omit the optional cheese (perhaps use nutritional yeast instead…) and omit the 2 eggs and replace with 2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp filtered water, set aside to “set” for 5 minutes and then mix into the “meatball batter” as you would whole eggs.

Last weeks recipe: Spinach and Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes started us off on our 5 days of meatless dinners! Follow along for next weeks recipe! Perhaps you use these for at least one meatless meal each week!? I served ours with a simple salad, but you could also serve with Zucchini Noodles or Cauliflower Rice or perhaps your favorite Pasta or White Rice!

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Meatless Mushroom Meatballs

Makes 16-18 small meatballs, Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • approx. 20oz baby portabella mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup gluten free instant oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 cage free eggs*
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1, 24oz jar marinara sauce*
  • parsley to garnish, leaves only
  • 1/3 cup grated raw/unpasteurized parmesan, pecorino or manchego cheese

Directions:

  • In a large skillet, sauté the onion in olive oil and a pinch of sea salt on medium-low heat for about 7 minutes, until completely softened.
  • Add mushrooms and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook for 10-15 minutes until completely cooked down – you’ll need to wait until the water evaporates and then keep cooking the mushrooms until they brown nicely.
  • To the mushrooms, add garlic, stir, and transfer the mushrooms into a large mixing bowl. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, excluding marinara, to the mushrooms. Stir the mixture to combine and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight for the flavors (and texture!) to develop.
  • When ready to cook, using a tablespoon as a measure, form small balls from the mixture. Fry the balls in a small amount of olive oil until they turn brown or bake them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Add marinara sauce to a medium saucepan. Place the meatballs on top and cook the meatballs in the sauce on low heat for about 15 more minutes after either cooking method.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and/or grated cheese of choice. Serve with Zucchini Noodles, Cauliflower Rice, White Jasmine Rice or your favorite pasta!

Notes:

  • My favorite marinara is The Vine. They are the cleanest and best-tasting I have found! You can purchase in the LINK Endurance Shop or at Central Market.
  • If you want to make this entirely plant-based, omit the 2 eggs and replace with 2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp filtered water, set aside to “set” for 5 minutes and then mix into the “meatball batter” as you would whole eggs.

Recipe adapted from Tania at cooktoria.com