As promised, here is my first healthy recipe of the New Year. I told you it was going to happen! Shame on you for doubting ;). Just kidding. So anyway, I made these Thai-style turkey meatballs last week, and they were a huge hit among Zach and my dad. They were gone so quickly! There are many great things about this recipe. First of all, it’s extremely quick and easy. These meatballs can be on the table in less than an hour. It’s the perfect weeknight meal. Serve it with some greens, rice or quinoa. Second of all, it can easily be gluten-free if you choose to use GF oats. They are quite common these days. Bob’s Red Mill sells them, and it’s a great product. I mentioned in the recipe below to go the route of using GF oats. If you don’t care, then feel free to use regular rolled oats. Make sure to check the labels on your fish sauce and curry paste. They should be gluten-free, but double check the labels to be sure. Whether you are trying to eat better or not, this recipe is great for just about anyone. It’s super big in flavor, and I’m sure you will all just love it!
Recipe Fun Facts:
This recipe is fairly straight forward. Like I have already mentioned, make sure to check the labels on your products before you purchase them. You shouldn’t have a problem with the curry pastes and fish sauce, but sometimes manufacturer’s change things up. Always check the labels!
Regular rolled oats or bread crumbs can be substituted for GF oats, if you are not on a gluten-free kick.
If you are on a paleo-friendly diet, then oats won’t do. As an additional binder, you could add another egg if you find that that the mixture won’t come together. A tablespoon or two of almond flour will also work. It’s up to you!
These meatballs are quite spicy. That’s just the way we like it. If you find the spices to be too much, you can tone down the amount of curry pastes and red pepper flake.
Also, remember that most beer is not gluten-free ;).
Beer: Terrapin Beer’s Oaked Big Hoppy Monster
Brewed By: Terrapin Beer
Style: Imperial Red Ale
Description: This brew is a hop lover’s DREAM. It’s so packed full of hoppy flavors and aromas. Although, it is quite on the hoppy side, it still has great hints of oak and vanilla. It isn’t terribly overpowering. I find that red ales pair well with Thai-style foods, mostly because these foods tend to pack some heat. This imperial red ale is also great with sharp cheeses (which is the way I usually pair it). It’s release is in the Fall, so you will most likely have to wait a couple of months to pick up a bottle. If you can’t find it, try another imperial red ale (or other hoppy brew). It will do the trick just fine =).
The weekend is almost here! Have a great evening everyone!