Friday, March 27, 2009

Fool Your Family Friday!

I can't believe it's Friday already. Are you ready to fool your family again?
Last weeks recipe was chocolate cake made with beets. Some of you weren't sure about that one, but the kiddos and I made it last weekend and it was DELISH!

Less than 48 hours later, it looked like this....

We made a few minor changes to the recipe because I was too lazy to go to the store and the kids wanted to bake the cake RIGHT NOW.

1 - Instead of buttermilk, we used vanilla soy milk.

2 - We didn't make the frosting. I thought I had cream cheese in the fridge...

3 - Instead of semi-sweet chocolate, I melted chocolate-raspberry morsels because that's what was in the pantry.

My daughter has requested it for her birthday party next month!

Okay, so are you ready for this weeks recipe?

1/2 pound lean ground turkey
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup butternut squash puree
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
nonstick cooking spray
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (26 oz can) whole peeled tomatoes with juice, pureed in blender
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup carrot puree (optional)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta

1. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, breadcrumbs, butternut squash puree, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper until well combined. Shape the mixture into 1-inch meatballs and place on a sheet of waxed paper or aluminum foil.

2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the olive oil and then the meatballs and brown for 4 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally.

3. Add the pureed tomatoes, water, carrot puree, garlic powder, cayenne, bay leaf and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center. Remove the bay leaf.

4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and place in a serving bowl. Spoon the meatballs and sauce on top and serve.


I'll be back tomorrow with a Saturday Sketch challenge from Lauren.
See you then.

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