Posted at 5:11 am
This recipe is a big winner in our house. There’s something for everyone. My husband loves the meatballs, my girls love the sauce and I love the whole shebang. Serving it family style makes the meal feel more relaxed. You’ve got to love it when you can just plunk dinner right down in the center of the table hot out of the oven. I serve this with garlic toasts so we can dip them into the skillet, but you could also toss your favorite kind of cooked pasta in with it too. Be careful when you serve this, the skillet will be very hot!
Another thing I like about this recipe is that it doesn’t take all day to make. Give yourself 40 minutes and you’ve got it covered.
Credit: Cooking Light Magazine
- 1 small zucchini shredded (I use a cheese grater)
- 12 ounces ground turkey
- 1 small onion shredded
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tb olive oil
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 1/2 cups of your favorite jarred pasta sauce (we like Prego)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup pre-shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 french baguette, cut into small slices and toasted
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place shredded zucchini between a double layer of paper towels to squeeze out excess moisture. Stir together zucchini, turkey, onion, oregano, salt, pepper and egg into a medium sized bowl. Using a small cookie scoop, or about 1 tablespoon, arrange onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or fully cooked.
- Meanwhile, heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat on the stove. Add olive oil to the pan and garlic and mushrooms. Saute for about 5 minutes or until mushrooms are fully cooked. Stir in marinara sauce and 1/4 cup water. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Add meatballs to skillet (leave behind cooked-out proteins); gently stir to coat with sauce. Sprinkle cheese on the top.
- Broil meatballs until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
- Serve with toasted baguette.
Here’s the mushrooms sauteed with the garlic and olive oil.
Next, add your marinara and water. Let it simmer for a few minutes. Then put your baked meatballs on top.
Stir the meatballs into the sauce until they are completely coated.
Finally, sprinkle the cheese on top and toss them under the broiler for 2 minutes.
Enjoy! (Safety hint: I keep an oven mitt on the handle to prevent burns)
Posted at 5:23 am
Now that school is back in session, are your kids experiencing any anxiety about homework, tests, teachers and friends? Yes? I thought this would be the perfect time to post some helpful information to handle those stressful situations.
About a year and a half ago, I had the privilege to attend a seminar hosted by an extremely insightful and intelligent speaker by the name of Renee Jain. She grew up in St. Charles with two brilliant parents who were doctors and a prodigy brother. The pressure to succeed was very high in her household. At one point, she reached a level of stress that became her breaking point. She was depressed and cracked under the weight of that pressure. Her traumatic experiences inspired her to help others by explaining how children and adolescents can handle stress in a more positive way.
Here are some techniques she shared to try with your child when they are anxious.
- Stop reassuring your child. Reacting is the wrong way to approach a child who is stressed. Respond instead by using the fast food rule. Rephrase what they feel. Child: “I’m worried and my stomach hurts.” You: “You’re worried and your stomach hurts. Is that right?”
- Challenge your child. Let them lean into the discomfort of the stress instead of telling them to push those feelings away. They are totally normal feelings for everyone.
- Expand their vocabulary. Ex. I’m feeling jealous, overwhelmed, irrational, etc. It helps you pinpoint the problem instead of using vague words such as stressed.
- Give permission for the emotions. Ex. It’s o.k. to feel jealous. It doesn’t make you a bad person.
- Touch. Hold their hand or give your child a hug. Tell them you love them.
- Give your child space. Breathing down their neck about a test or getting their homework done just makes the situation worse.
- Role play. I love this one. We get a little silly swapping roles. I’ll be my daughter and she can be the mom. It gives your child some perspective to see the situation from a new angle.
- The origin of worry. This goes back to the flight or fight phase of cavemen. If we didn’t worry, we wouldn’t live to see another day. Flight is our response to stress. Worry=protection. Worry is good!
- Keep thoughts accurate. “I have no friends!” Is this true?
- Use if and when scenarios. If I play with so and so, this will happen.
- Turn the worry into a stuffed animal. Have your child talk to her worry.
- Make a checklist of tools to help their worries. Yoga, running, writing in a journal, going for a walk, hanging out with friends, watching a movie, etc.
I hope some of you find this list helpful. We all want what is best for our children. We can create a new set of expectations and change the way we approach stress. Just because someone isn’t happy 24/7 (and who is?!) doesn’t mean we have to fix them. Emotions occur for a reason and we were meant to experience the entire spectrum. So the next time your child is sad or worried, don’t look at it as something you need to fix as a parent. Trying some of the tools above has helped us immensely!
When all else fails, show them a corgi meme. 🙂