Happy Tuesday, friends!
I hope your weeks are going well. Mine is a little nuts and I actually had to check my calendar to make sure that it is indeed only Tuesday.
Anyways, a quick check-in on last week’s training:
- Monday: 7.6 miles (2 @ MP, 2 @ MP)
- Tuesday: 6.6 miles easy
- Wednesday: 10.1 miles
- Thursday: 7.2 miles, last four @ MP
- Friday: XT: 50 mins easy spinning/elliptical, lifting
- Saturday: 20 miles
- Sunday: 5.75 miles very easy
Total: 57.25 miles
Woohoo! My highest mileage week to date and I’m feeling pretty good, despite a little lingering quad soreness.
After Saturday’s fantastic long run, I had a big craving for a home-cooked meal. And by that, I mean sauce, meatballs and pasta. But despite coming from an Italian background, I’ve actually never made sauce or meatballs myself.
Because my great-grandma made them better than anyone or any restaurant, and I didn’t think I could ever come close to her brilliant deliciousness. But at the same time, she also inspired me to get my ass in the kitchen and cook.
So with Nonna looking on from the big Italian kitchen/bingo hall/casino in the sky, I attempted my first batch of meatballs and sauce.
I had all burners on my teeny stove going at once. Good thing it didn’t explode.
My apartment smelled AMAZING in no time.
The end product:
Served over whole wheat pasta and topped with a little shaved pecorino. Delicious. And I think Nonna would be proud
Turkey Meatballs and Tomato Sauce
- 1 lb ground turkey (I used 93% lean. Super lean meat may be a little dry)
- 2 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated zucchini
- 1/4 cup grated carrot
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, minced
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small can (~3 tbsp) tomato paste
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp dried rosemary
- 2 tsp dried oregano
Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan and add onions. Sautee for about three minutes, until they are a bit translucent. Add garlic. After about a minute, add in tomatoes, tomato paste, dried herbs and salt. Let simmer and add basil after about five minutes. Continue to summer and make meatballs
Combine all ingredients for meatballs and add in ground turkey. Mix and mash together thoroughly. Form into balls and cook on a skillet (sprayed with cooking spray) until browned on all sides. Then add them to the sauce and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve over pasta of your choice and enjoy!
Question: Do you make your own sauce? Do you have any special family recipes?