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Spicy Thai Meatballs

Ingredients:

For the meatballs;
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut cream
For the sauce;
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp curry simmer sauce (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)
    • *You can also use curry paste but watch the added sugar.
  • 1 tsp fish sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Prepare a sheet pan with aluminum foil and coat with olive oil. Mix ground meat with all ingredients listed above for the meatballs.
  3. Mix well and form golf ball size meatballs (about 20 meatballs).
  4. Bake first side 20 minutes and flip side 15 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked through.
  5. In the meantime, mix ingredients under “sauce”. Slow simmer over medium-low heat. Keep stirring the sauce until everything is combined and reduced to a thicker sauce.
  6. Once the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is thickened, add the meatballs to the sauce.
  7. Enjoy over zoodles (zucchini noodles) or cauliflower rice!

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Recipe adapted from http://iheartumami.com/creamy-coconut-milk-meatballs/

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of functionallysimplenutrition.com. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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