Last summer I made these Easy Turkey Meatballs that I thought were incredible. They had only a few ingredients and all I had to do was bake them. They were so simple and perfect for times when I was in a rush or didn’t have a lot of time for preparation. However, I recently discovered an even better way to make turkey meatballs that also isn’t time consuming but have much more flavor.
One morning before class, I quickly formed the meatballs and plopped them into the crockpot. There wasn’t any need to turn on the stove and I only had to use one big bowl. I let the meatballs cook in the sauce all day and when I came back, they were ready to be devoured by a very hungry and tired student.
These meatballs were soooo tender, they basically melted in my mouth. They definitely had much more flavor and if I had more time, I would have added more herbs and garlic as well. My friends all tried some and were surprised by how it was as if “the sauce was cooked into the meat.” Of course, all credit goes to the crockpot…
CROCKPOT TURKEY MEATBALLS
20 oz (1.3 lb) ground turkey breast
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper
28 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, cheese, and egg.
Form into small meatballs
Pour tomatoes into crockpot and add parsley.
Drop meatballs into the sauce. Cover and set crockpot to low, 4 to 6 hrs.
adapted from Skinny Taste
According to Urban dictionary, the first 3 definitions of the word “Bae” are: 1. Before anyone else, 2. a Danish word for poop, and 3. baby, boo, or sweetie. Definitions 1 and 3 come closest to how my friends and I use the term, although definition 2 may come in handy when I study abroad in Denmark for the next 4 months (!!!). I have just coined another abbreviation for “bae” with a similar endearing connotation….Bacon Avocado and Egg sandwich aka BAE sandwich.
I can never get enough of my favorite Avocado and Egg Toast but this time I brought it up a couple levels by adding some chipotle powder, BACON, and another slice of bread. Too good. As always, the best part is when the yolk runs and serves as a natural sauce. Warning: it can get messy as you can see from the pictures. The chipotle powder gives the sandwich an extra kick and is highly recommended.
The preparation for this simple sandwich is approximately 10 minutes. It would probably fit best in the big breakfast/brunch category although I had it for lunch and would happily eat it for dinner too. This BAE sandwich is a must-try and you will see that it truly does go “before anyone else.”
BACON AVOCADO AND EGG (BAE) SANDWICH
2 slices bread (I used whole wheat)
1/2 avocado, ripe
1 tablespoon lime juice
salt and pepper
2 strips bacon, crispy
2 teaspoons chipotle powder
Toast 2 slices of bread in a toaster (or on a pan with olive oil).
Scoop the meat of 1/2 avocado into a small bowl and mash. Add lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
In a skillet or toaster oven, cook bacon until crispy. Use a paper towel to soak up excess grease.
In another skillet (or the same one), fry an egg.
Assembly: Spread the mashed avocado on one slice of bread. Sprinkle the chipotle powder over the avocado. Put fried egg on top. Then add bacon strips. Lastly, add other slice of bread on top.
Cut in half diagonally and devour.
Icebox cake has been on the top of my “to make” list for a looong time. Especially during my no-bake phase, it seemed like the perfect dessert since you don’t need an oven. Now that it’s summer it’s an even better time to make it. Instead of shoving the cake in an oven and letting the heat do all the magic, you let it sit in the fridge over night and the next day it’s ready for you to dig in!
Cakes can’t get any simpler than this. All you need to do is just stack graham crackers, whipped cream, and strawberries on top of each other. Layer by layer by layer. The berries and cream already taste delicious on their own. But if you let it all sit in the fridge for some hours, the crackers get real soft and meld into the berries and cream into something that tastes like…heaven.
Seriously, this is one of the best desserts ever. It’s so light, fruity, and the perfect ratio of sour to sweet. I made this cake for a potluck dinner that my friends and I had last weekend. Having never seen or tasted an icebox cake, people were pretty amazed (myself included).
STRAWBERRY ICEBOX CAKE
1 lb strawberries, sliced
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
16-20 oz graham crackers (3-4 sleeves)
In a large mixing bowl, combined the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together. Blend on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
Place 2 graham crackers side by side on a plate or pan. Spread whipped cream mixture on the crackers. Top the surface with sliced strawberries.
Repeat until there are no more graham crackers. Spread the remaining whipped cream on top and add strawberries for garnish.
adapted from Chew Out Loud
Chill in fridge overnight and then serve chilled!