Monday Summary + Meatballs

Well, I’ve already changed my weekly plan and it’s only the first day! However, I woke up really sore this morning and decided that heavy weightlifting was not a good idea. I realized I haven’t taken a rest day since last week Wednesday, and I did some full-body lifts at the gym on Saturday that I’m still feeling in my back — upper body was not a good idea today. So I’ve made today a rest day.

It works out, though, because this week’s work schedule is funny because of the holiday. It shouldn’t set me too far off for my weekly plans. Run Tues and Fri, weights Wed and Sat, BodyRock or rest the others.

Tonight I cooked up a crapload of meatballs to have all week. I wanted to make something that was high protein with lower carbs and fat, since pasta’s almost all carbs and my macronutrient ratios don’t leave me a lot of room for fat as it is. Here’s the recipe.

For the record: my recipes make buttloads of food. I love to cook, but my job is exhausting, so my favorite way to cook is to cook something awesome once, in a large enough amount that I can eat it for days. I know my recipes have shocked my friends before — this isn’t meant to be one meal’s worth! I’m cooking large!

Monday Meatballs

  • 1 lb 96% lean ground beef
  • 1 lb 94% lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 c ricotta cheese, part skim (you can use light or fat-free if you are really worried about your fat macros)
  • 2 eggs (can probably use egg white replacement if you’re concerned about macros)
  • 1/2 c bread crumbs. I use plain; use whatever you prefer
  • basil (I used ~1 tbsp of the stuff in the tube. Add to taste), salt and pepper to taste

Mix it in a bowl (WITH YOUR HANDS!!!). Spray down some glass cookware with PAM. Shape it into meatballs. Bake in the oven at 375F for 15-20 minutes, or until the insides are done.

Mine made 30 meatballs. each meatball:

  • 52 calories
  • 2.4 g fat
  • 1.5 g carbs
  • 7.7 g protein

Macronutrient ratios:

  • 3.2:1 protein:fat
  • 5.1:1 protein:carbs

(since my current macronutrient goals are ~1:1 P:C and 4:1 P:F, I am good on carbs but could maybe cut down the fat a little, if I wanted. Maybe next time I’ll try the FF ricotta and some egg replacements. Then again, I want them to be delicious…)

It feels good resting today, so I know I made the right decision. Tomorrow is a tempo run – my first in a while. I’ll be sure to take it as easy as I can!