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It's been a week of feeling mortal. In what was decidedly NOT an April Fool's Day joke, an evening of... how to say... gastrointestinal distress left me so dehydrated Mr. Brillig deemed it necessary we go to the ER. They decided I wished to spend Sunday and half of Monday hooked up to a lovely fluid replentishment IV, and I was in no condition to disagree (who the hell KNEW one could get that dehydrated in 6 hours?!). It was confirmed as norovirus, the same thing K1 had in February just before her championship meet, and which has been rampant in these parts all winter and spring. May I never see it again.

I took last week off to recover, as the little common cold I went into the hospital with didn't like me laying down for 24 hours and flared up into bronchitis. While sounding like I had plague or was trying to hack up a particularly large hairball, I pulled a muscle in my side. Which made silly things like breathing, or standing, painful for a couple of days.

Did I mention I had an eye doctor appointment last week and learned I need progressive lenses (what we old folk used to call bifocals)? Then 24 hours later was read the riot act by my physician at the post-hospital followup visit: Lose weight and exercise more or you've got looming health issues on the horizon.

Oof. That last one got my attention. Thanks to Mr. Brillig, I am now the owner of a nifty little gadget, a Fitbit. I've been using it to track what I eat, how much activity I'm getting, and how much water I'm drinking. Yes, I'm an information-driven consumer... let me SEE how much I am eating, and I will eat less rather than write the damned Easter candy down :).

Which leads me to today's recipe... ever since a friend co-authored a cookbook my family's favorite meatballs have been the ones I make. It was time for a batch, and they turned out so good I decided to share with you :).

So here's what you'll need:

Note that the batch I made is a quadruple recipe... I try to make things in bulk and freeze for later use, and these meatballs freeze beautifully. Here's the ingredients in written form:

- 1lb (4lbs) ground beef. The recipe originally calls for 90% lean. I've made it with that, with 80%, with half beef/half turkey... you get the idea. This particular batch, thanks to sales at the store, is 3lbs 85% lean beef/1lb 94% lean turkey.

- 2 (8) large eggs

- 0.75cup (3cups) dry bread crumbs. I use homemade ones, from leftover bread. Now that we're making it all ourselves with a breadmaker, we know exactly how good they are!

- 0.25cup (1cup) grated Parmesan cheese. I'm sure this could be left out or reduced, but we like the flavor.

- 0.25cup (1cup) milk. Recipe calls for 1%, we generally use 2% because that's what we have on hand.

- 1T (4T) dried basil. I usually use basil, sometimes I've used a mix of dried herbs. Whatever you like best.  

Set the oven to 400°F, then mix the bread crumbs, cheese & herbs in a bowl. This ensures that all the meatballs get equal good stuff :)

Now mix your ground meat, milk & eggs in a large bowl:

Add dry ingredients to wet and combine, either with a strong spatula or your hands, until it looks like this:

Each batch is supposed to make 35-40 meatballs. I have a 1.5T (about 1.5" across)  scoop that makes this muuuuch easier when doing large batches, but by hand works just fine. For those who measure by weight, they're about 25g each on a kitchen scale. However you make them, place them on a baking pan/cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until they're sizzling. Use a spatula to loosen them and place on a wire rack to cool. Here's what my entire batch looked like (minus a few that the kids decided were defective and had to be eaten removed from the picture:


One batch of meatballs serves 6 people, at approximately 275 calories/17g total fat/10g carbs/20g protein. When served as a meal with the addition of 1 box pasta (I use Barilla's multigrain) and 1 jar pasta sauce the whole thing shakes out at ~570 calories/20g fat/64g carbs/33g protein. It's yummy, too:


Whats YOUR favorite pasta & sauce or similar meal?

Now it's on to the Three Tops:

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