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Zucchini “Meat” Balls

Sounds appetizing huh? The sacrifices I make for my farm animal friends. These veggie balls are time consuming and almost worth the afternoon I spent slaving over them. I adapted the recipe from my current fav cookbook, Fresh From the Garden. The recipe calls for frying the balls. I changed up some of the ingredients and baked them instead. Then I whipped up a special sauce (also from the cookbook) and served with whole wheat spaghetti. Although it probably would’ve been better with spiced basmati rice. You live and you learn.




Zucchini “meat” balls:

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
3 medium zucchinis
1/2 tsp salt
1 hot green chili, chopped
2 tblsp chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs

Mix all of the above together and roll into little balls. Bake at 375 degrees until browned. Add to the sauce (recipe below), cover and simmer for 6 to 7 minutes spooning the sauce over the balls as they cook.

Sauce:

1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tblsp olive oil
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
cayenne pepper to taste
1/2 lb tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup non fat greek yogurt
1/2 tsp garam masala

Brown onions in oil, add spices. Stir and add tomatoes. Bring to boil and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.

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Spaghetti and the Black Keys

Friday night’s dinner looked a lot fancier than it was. I dressed up some regular jarred pasta sauce with chopped chard and fresh herbs, toasted bread and gouda, and opened a couple bottles of wine (we like to wine taste whilst indulging in simple carbohydrates). The whole scene was very Lady and the Tramp except we didn’t feed each other.

The Husband spent the rest of the weekend studying for finals and I laid around a lot. We took a break from studying and laying around to see the Black Keys in concert on Saturday night. A few observations: Urban Outfitters threw up on 92 percent of the population; mosh pits are not a thing of the past; smoking weed in mosh pits is not a thing of the past; Red Stripe beer really isn’t so bad; I need a pair of over-the-knee boots; the Black Keys are talented individuals.

 

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