General Tso’s Spaghetti and Asian Meatballs

My boyfriend LOVES Chinese food.  He could eat it every single day! Besides candy, it is his favorite food 😉  So, when he requested General Tso’s chicken for dinner, I wanted to oblige.  But, I really needed to use up the ground turkey breast that has been thawing in the fridge for the past 2 days.

My wheels started churning, and I decided to invent  General Tso’s Spaghetti and Asian meatballs.

For the Asian meatballs:

-1 pound ground turkey breast

-2 teaspoons minced ginger

-1 clove minced garlic

-3 sliced scallions

-1 T oyster sauce

-1 T low sodium soy sauce

-1 egg

-1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

*All measurements are approximate, I just eyeball when cooking.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Prepare large baking sheet with aluminum foil and canola oil (about 2 T, spread out) Mix all ingredients and roll into 1 inch balls.  Cook until bottoms brown (approx 12 minutes).  Take out of oven and flip, they should be brown enough that they lift easily and don’t rip, cook on side 2 until done (about 6 more minutes).  Remove from oven and toss in a bowl with General Tso’s sauce.  I got mine at Trader Joe’s and used about 1/4 cup.

Side note:  This is the best invention EVER!

Minced ginger, frozen into little 1 teaspoon size cubes.  I despise peeling and mincing ginger, so for $2.69 at Whole Foods, this was totally worth it!

For the stir fry, I simply sauteed a mix of veggies in some canola oil on high heat for a few minutes.  I used bean sprouts, snow peas, shitake mushrooms, red, yellow, and orange peppers, carrots, celery, and scallions. Then added more General Tso’s sauce and the meatballs. Served over Chinese noodles.

It was boyfriend approved!  With plenty of leftovers for our lunches tomorrow.

Today was my 3rd run of my official half marathon training, and it was still sooo hard.  Only 3 miles, but 3 hot miles in the Florida sunshine.  I’m so envious of all of you that are experiencing fall weather.  I can’t wait until it cools down for my runs. In the meantime, I tell myself that I’m torturing myself into getting motivated to get up and out the door much earlier.

On the work front, I’ve been busy getting back into the swing of things for wedding season.  Only one wedding this weekend. It’s going to be stunning!  Today was my day off.  I’m lucky to get one day off a week during wedding season, so this week with Sunday off too, you know I’ll be savoring it.

Also if you could swing by quick and vote for Rhowasa again I would love it.  She’s currently in 3rd place and has a long way togo.  Please help 🙂 Here’s an easier link in case the other one has been giving you troubles:  Vote for Rhowasa here.

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all my Jewish friends.  We celebrated today with my Googled version of a Rosh Hashanah meal.  Before we get to that though, let me tell you about my weekend.
Saturday I worked to set up our second wedding of the season. It was a neutral palette of creams, tans and rust colors.  It was simple and perfect:

Seating chart that the bride did on her old doors.

Cute candy favors in “red neck’ wine glasses.

This was the appetizer table before the food.

It was a lovely wedding a such a fun bridal party!!!! I bet they had a blast.

I was pretty tired after the set up and took a cat nap, then had Chinese food for dinner and didn’t move from the couch all nigh

This morning, I felt refreshed and I headed outside to start my training for the Florida Holiday Halfathon in December. I signed up shortly after I ran the St Pete Rock and Roll half marathon in February.  That was my second ever race, and first half marathon, and I was still riding the high from it when I signed up for this one.  Good thing too, because I’m not sure I would sign up for one at this point in time.  Running is hard!!! I ran 3 miles outside today and it wasn’t easy.  I have been running on the dreadmill for the past 5 months, but outside seems so much harder.

I was thankful for the cloud cover, but it was still hot and humid. Running is all about playing mind games with yourself.  I kept having to remind myself that I could do this, that I once ran 13.1 miles and loved every minute of it!

When I was finished, I felt amazing!!!! I remembered why I love running so much.

After my run, I came home and did my chores, laundry, cleaning, etc.. Then sweetie and I headed to the mall for my free Godiva!  I’m a Godiva rewards card member and for my birthday, they emailed me a $10 gift certificate.  I scored 8 truffles which included my gift, 2 samples they were handing out, and my monthly free truffle, for only $1.28 out of pocket…Sweet!

Since we were there, and i am in need of a new pair of running shoes, we stopped in Fit 2 run, and I got tested for proper shoes.  I have never done that before and it was interesting to learn about my gait.

First they tested my arch and feet pressure.  I have good high arches, but have much more pressure on my left foot, heals and forefoot.  Then I got to go on the treadmill while they filmed my running in slow motion:

She said most people over-pronate, or under-pronate, but my ankles stay straight upon landing and take off and that is good.  I tried on some shoes and think I found one I like.  For the past few years, I have been wearing Brooks Glycerin 8, but they have been discontinued. But I think I’ll go with the Brooks Glycerin 10, they were very comfortable and just felt right.

For dinner tonight, we celebrated with a Rosh Hashanah meal.  On the menu:  Apples dipped in honey, Honey Mustard Chicken, Carrot Tzimmes, and savory kugel.

For the honey mustard chicken I used this recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken

For the carrot tzimmes I used this recipe: Carrot Tzimmes. But I used chicken broth instead of water, and added some figs.

For the kugel, I modified this recipe: Savory Kugel.

I only used 2 eggs as well as fat-free sour cream.  I added 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2 cup caramelized onions, 1 /2 pack Lipton onion soup mix, and a teaspoon paprika.  It turned out delicious.  I’ll repeat next year.

Now I’m off to relax and enjoy my evening.  Good night all!