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Jan 23, 2014
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ZUCCHINI “PASTA” WITH CHIA SEEDS MEATBALLS

We have a plan that consists of us not going out to eat or eating processed food or carbs. We are almost there and I can say we are following our plan 95%. Why 95%?? We didn’t go out at to eat at all this month, we didn’t eat proceed food but we had some carbs. We have amazing neighbors that alway surprise us with goodies. Kathy brought us so many delicious foods that I couldn’t resist it!! It was worth it! It’s a challenge for me to cook with any type of restriction but at the same time it forces me to make different food and recipes that is out of my cooking skill comfort zone. Marilyn got home and from far away when she saw this she got very excited thinking that I gave up and made pasta for her. lol It was funny! She had her first bite and couldn’t figure out right away what it was… when I told her that it was shaved zucchini with avocado dressing and chia seed meat balls without using eggs or flour she couldn’t believe it! We LOVED IT!! It was extremely delicious!!! The next day I made a meat muffin stuffed with goat cheese and nuts and mixed the avocado dressing with some mixed greens. Chia Seeds replace both the egg and breadcrumbs, adding an Omega-3  that no one will notice! I saved at least a couple hundred calories on these meat balls and… it’s a gluten free!

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INGREDIENTS

2 large zucchini, ends trimmed
1 avocado
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1 Tbs Chia Seeds
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 diced Tomato
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons greek yogurt (total 0%)
10 leaves of basil
salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS

Using a vegetable peeler, peel zucchini into thin ribbons.

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AVOCADO DRESSING

Avocados are great for making dressings because they are naturally thick and creamy. And of course they are delicious.

Place all of the sauce ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Toss the zucchini with the avocado sauce until fully coated and garnish with diced tomatoes and basil.

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CHIA SEEDS MEATBALLS

1 lb ground beef
goat cheese
¼ c raw ground chia seeds
1 tsp mashed garlic
1tsp diced onion
¼ c fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper

 

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DIRECTIONS

Let ground beef come to room temperature.  In a large bowl mix garlic, chia seeds, onions, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper  and chia seeds to the meat.

Preheat oven to 425F. Scoop mixture out by tablespoons and roll into about 1-inch ball and place on non-stick baking tray. Bake for 13-15 minutes until crisp and lightly browned on outside. I like medium rare.

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Beijos e Tchau!

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Ludmilla Ramos and Marilyn Chudda
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