I love being an Army wife. I never complain about it at all & I think the organization is run really well & I am very happy with how much time my husband & I get together.
Said no one literally ever in the history of the world.
However, today I salute you, Uncle Sam, for giving me the cheapest groceries in the continental U.S.
Since the move, we are too far from my beloved Trader Joe’s (I’ll never forget you, TJ). So I reluctantly agreed to start shopping at the Commissary. Reluctant because I personally like to have as little to do with the Army as possible. Aren’t I supportive & wonderful????
But let me tell you, I’m a changed woman. It’s not overly impressive looking – gray, poor lighting, lots of screaming children. But the prices. *Gasp* This cheapskate had to take a moment & let it sink in. Our bill for the week was $132. $132 to feed the hungriest soldier in the U.S. Army. I will never forget that number because it’s the proudest I’ve been of myself in like 6 months. Hard work (proper meal planning, list making & having little else to fill my time) pays off!!!!
This turkey cost like $3 & was not even off brand!!!!!
Time: 1 hour | Serves: about 35 meatballs
- 1 lb. of ground turkey
- 1 cup of red quinoa, cooked
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. of parmesan cheese + more for serving
- 1 tbsp. of cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp. of oregano
- 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
- 1 egg
- 2 cups of tomato sauce
- Romaine hearts, for serving
- S+P, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a bowl, combine turkey + quinoa + zucchini + onion + garlic + parmesan + cilantro + oregano + crushed red pepper + S+P + egg
- Form into small meatballs + lay on a lined baking sheet – should take two baking sheets
- Bake for 45 minutes or until brown, crisp + turkey is cooked
- In a large skillet, heat tomato sauce
- Add meatballs + coat
- Sprinkle with parmesan + add back to oven, letting bubble, about 6-7 minutes
- Top 2 meatballs per romaine heart + some parmesan cheese
- Serve hot
- Go out for froyo – you had a v healthy dinner
Idea from this lovely recipe! http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/01/baked-turkey-quinoa-zucchini-meatballs-recipe-in-lettuce-wraps/#_a5y_p=1179730