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Friday Food Find: Flour With Power

This Friday I’m introducing you to an awesome new whole grain flour that I recently came across at the grocery store. I’m constantly looking for substitutions to make baked goods a little healthier & this is THE PERFECT way to do so.

Ultragrain Flour

Meet Ultragrain. Here’s why it’s got the power:

  • it’s a blend of white & ultragrain flours, meaning it has the taste of a white flour with the health benefits of a whole wheat blend
  • 9 g of whole grain per serving
  • 2x the fiber of other all-purpose flour
  • lower starch content
  • increased essential minerals + vitamins
  • increased antioxidants
  • it’s NOT expensive!!

I was amazed by the taste of this stuff. You really cannot tell a difference between this & white flour in baking – I will never go back! Also, unlike other health-friendly flours, Ultragrain isn’t ridiculously expensive. When I tried some brown rice whole wheat flour for a recipe it was about $8 for a little tiny bag! I’m pretty sure that I only paid around $2.50 for this one.

In my opinion, this is the kind of health-conscience change that EVERYONE can & should make. There’s no difference in taste & a very minimal difference in price. Now you can feel a little less guilty about baking those cupcakes you’ve been craving 😉

As always, the nutrition facts – if interested you can also take a peek at the nutrition facts for another all-purpose flour to compare. Put Ultragrain to the test in your own kitchen & let me know what you think in the comments below! If you have another go-to flour I’d love to hear about it! Thanks for stopping by & be sure to subscribe for more tips if you haven’t already! Happy baking!

-SkinnyGirl

SkinnyGirl

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Get Him to the Greek Meatballs

Greek Meatballs

I just had to slip a pun in the title, I couldn’t resist. But really, everyone should get to enjoy these greek meatballs. This is a recipe I made probably a month ago but am just now getting around to posting – this semester really has been BUSY. Regardless, this is probably my favorite recipe yet! It has everything anyone could ever want: fresh mint, greek yogurt, lemony goodness and feta cheese. Yes, it is essentially like taking a little bite of heaven.

I got inspired after watching a cooking show on PBS about making meatballs. According to the all-knowing woman on television, the secret to a delicious meatball is to have both cheese and breadcrumbs in the recipe and I’m glad I took her advice. Even though this a low-calorie meatball, it doesn’t come out dry at all. Now believe it or not, but one serving of these magical meatballs (3 of them) is only 226 calories which is seriously amazing.

Get your taste buds ready. You’ll need:

  • 1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 3/4 c. fat free crumbled feta
  • 1 slice of whole grain bread, toasted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 packet of fresh mint (about a handful), roughly chopped
  • 2 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

*MAKES about 12 meatballs

I decided to make this meal with a side of the Near East blend of brown rice and bulgur. Just to make it extra tasty, when I popped it into my handy dandy rice cooker I added a slice of red onion and about a cup of mushrooms. Another secret: always cook your rice in chicken broth (or veggie broth for vegetarians)! The flavor is so much better and it barely adds any calories.

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While the rice cooker works its magic,  start the meatballs by toasting a slice of your favorite whole grain bread. Once it’s toasted, destroy the slice like you’re a kid that just discovered play dough (totally rip it apart). Voilá – homemade breadcrumbs! Set them inside a large bowl and add the spices, ground turkey, HALF of the fresh mint, egg, chopped shallots and feta cheese.

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Again with the playdough references, squish together all the ingredients and begin to shape them into about 1.5 inch meatballs. Spray non-stick spray onto a cookie sheet and pop the meatballs into the oven at 350 degrees.

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After about 10 minutes turn the meatballs over and put them back into the oven so the other side gets to bake for another 10 minutes. Meanwhile mix together the juice of half a lemon and about 2 oz. of plain greek yogurt to make the yogurt sauce. This is what you end up getting:

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Looks pretty darn fancy huh? Just top off the meatballs with a stripe of the yogurt sauce and the remaining fresh mint. Delicious, and perfect for amping up your Instagram game 😛 Enjoy!

Click here for nutrition facts! 3 meatballs = 1 serving