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JAPANESE CHICKEN MEATBALLS A LA GOOP.

meatballs

meatballs

I bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good, right after it was released earlier this year. I know some people are not fans of GP, but I am firmly in the “love her” camp (even if she sometimes comes across as a bit out of touch, I believe she has good intentions). When the book arrived on my doorstep, I tore open the package and read the whole thing, cover to cover, and then I reread the intro, which makes a compelling case for transitioning to a mostly gluten-free, mostly dairy-free, mostly red-meat-free, whole-foods-based diet.

I made a couple of recipes, too–notably these almond butter cookies–but then the book started to function more as a coffee-table tome; one that looked pretty but that I didn’t really use. However, recently a great discussion with some of my favorite food-lovers around a dinner table recently reminded me that it might be time to cut back on the gluten and the sugar, which–despite quite a bit of exercise lately–I’ve been eating a lot of. So I slid the book off the coffee table, cracked it open, and decided to cook something from it.

You’ll probably laugh at the fact that the recipe I chose to make–Japanese chicken meatballs–comes from the kids’ section of the book, but sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles. And I have to say, it was delicious: ground chicken is mixed with maple syrup (sounds weird, but trust), garlic, ginger, soy sauce, salt and pepper, and then it’s rolled into little meatballs and cooked however you want (I chose to roast them, but you could pan fry them, too). These are very different from my favorite meatballs–Ina Garten’s spicy turkey meatballs, which are stuffed with breadcrumbs soaked in milk and Asiago cheese–but they’re pretty darn tasty. I served them with roasted spaghetti squash and they made for a really nice fall meal. A big plate of them would be a fabulous appetizer at a cocktail or dinner party, too. I mean, who doesn’t love a meatball?

Here’s the recipe if you want to make them–and I’d love to know: Do you own It’s All Good, and have you cooked anything from it? What’s your favorite dish?

Photo via goop.com

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    eileen | leaner by the lake
    October 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    On the meatball front, I’d like to admit my addiction to Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs. Seriously, as a fellow TJ lover, you need to try them!

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