Not Your Grannies Meatballs

Whenever I think about meatballs I’m like umm no thanks! They always look so dry. Which is why I hate meatloaf and meatballs are right up there in the same category. Well, they use to be but now I am in love with meatballs. I was determined to find a way to make a good meatball sandwich or pasta and meatballs. So guess where I found it? if you said Pinterest then you were right.

I have been trying to find more Keto inspired dishes. I can do without the carbs in the evening but my family shouldn’t have to. Keto dishes makes life so easy for me. If you look back at some of my meals you will see that I have provided the option of keeping your dish totally Keto or adding carbs.

Not only do I have to cook Keto and non-Keto dinners but I also cook for a pescatarian.  My trick is t make enough of each meal that will last for two days. Leftovers are a must in this house.

Without further ado lets move on to the meal.

OK, here is option #1 Huge sub rolls for my carb babies

Option #2 meatballs and salad for me. I like plain Caesar salad if I’m having a saucy dish.

And option #3 vegan meatless sausage for my vegetarian baby.

Whew! Let’s get these Ingredients out

Will make 12-14 medium meatballs 

Will make 5-6 medium vegan meatballs 

  • 1-pounds of ground beef
  • 2 tbsp Basil
  • 1 tbs Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbs Oregano
  • 2 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Vegan Meatless Sausage roll

In a large bowl can buying your meat seasonings and all of your cheese. Mix it all up and form the balls into your desired size.

Place in a nonstick pan that is coated with extra virgin olive oil on the bottom. Place the meatballs with a small space in between each one. Cook on 375° for 20 to 25 minutes.

At this point, you can either eat the meatballs with a salad or from my carb lovers have it with pasta or a meatball sub.

If you choose to make a meatball sub make sure you remove a little of the bread on the inside so the meatballs will be able to fit properly. Then place three meatballs inside of the sub sprinkle cheese on top and bake for five minutes.

Please refer to the post below on how to make pasta sauce.

http://belladonnasflashlight.blog/2018/10/22/how-i-amped-up-my-pasta-sauce/

Enjoy the short video MEATBALL TIME!

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~Belladonna~

The Truth Will Set You Free But First It’ll Piss You Off

“The truth will set you free but first it’ll piss you off”. No truer words have ever been spoken. The truth will sting your soul and crush your thought process if you aren’t willing to receive it. I know that the truth is a hard pill to swallow but if growth is what you are looking for then you have to take the truth pill.

I mean think about it. How many times do we have to bump our heads and fall before we take a sit and listen to constructive criticism? How often do we have to set ourselves back 10 steps because we refused to take advice? Then when we fail, we look to those same folks for a hand or an ear. I don’t know about you but I’m so over listening to nonsense.

I have been a part of the health and fitness industry since the day I took the oath to protect and serve my country. So please believe me when I tell you I have heard every excuse in the book when it comes to fitness journeys. But the truth is if you want a healthy lifestyle bad enough you will do whatever it takes to achieve it, to win it and to own it.

The truth is you have to eat right, you have to work out, and you have to change your mindset. There aren’t any short cuts and there isn’t an easy way out. You have to stop looking for a quick fix and you have to be willing to hear the truth. No matter how painful it is to hear what you have to do to get from A to B, you have to listen and be willing to execute.

I have had the truth hit me in the stomach like a ton of bricks. Did I like it? Hell no! It pissed me off because it hurt. It hurt my pride and for short while my self-esteem. But in the end, the truth saved my life and I will never forget that moment.

Here I am in the summer of 1994, I thought I was prepared for the military, my eating and work out habits were amazing. I felt like I was gaining strength internally as well as externally. But to my surprise, I had an abundant amount to improve on.

My first week in the military my drill sergeants did not hesitate to tell me that they thought I was weak. My heart dropped when they told me that. But they weren’t done. I was told that I wouldn’t last because I couldn’t do more than 4 push-ups in a row, I didn’t stand up for myself against some of the other soldiers in my platoon I was to quiet and I hid behind everyone else. Try swallowing that!

They pissed me off because the truth tore me up. Here I am 18 years old in South Carolina all by myself and receiving truths about me that I didn’t want to hear. I couldn’t run from it, I had to deal with it. And That’s just what I did. When the lights went out at 2100 hours I was up doing pushups, holding my planks and mentally connecting with myself. By the end of boot camp I dared anyone to even think about giving me a cross look. I was still quiet because that’s just who I am. I’m more of a listener than a talker. That’s just something that can’t be changed by my courage can and was.

Because I was able to accept the truth I became a platoon leader, push-up queen, and one badass motha…shut yo mouth.

I’ll never forget Drill Sergeant Henry and Drill Sergeant Jellen. They saved me, by exposing strength that I didn’t know I had. I allowed their truth to piss me off so that I could gain my freedom!

Is it time for you to get pissed off?

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~Belladonna~

 

 

I Won’t Let You Leave With That German Chocolate Cake

So you think you are just going to grow up and leave me huh? Not so fast their baby boy. I know when you look in the mirror you see someone that is 6’3, facial hair, and body becoming more muscular. But that not me. I’ll tell you what I see.

On February 10, 2004, I gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy. He instantly stole my heart and I stole his. I could not go into another room without him wanting to be right with me. I remember the first time that I enrolled Elijah in a camp. We would only be separated for 4 hours and his big sister would be in the next room. But that didn’t matter to him. He cried and the instructors told me just to go and they would hold him until he calmed down. But the funny part is, when we walked through the doors the instructors thought he was at least 4. They were shocked when I told them he was 2.

When I returned to pick them up, there my baby was sitting on one of the instructor’s lap. She couldn’t have been more than 5’2 and 115 pounds. So he looked gigantic sitting on her lap and still in tears. When he saw me he ran towards me and leaped into my arms. That memory is forever engraved in my brain. I loved that moment so much! I think I missed him more than he missed me.

So yeah that’s what I see when I look at you. My curly head sweetie pie that needs his mama.

So needless to say when told me that you wanted a German Chocolate Cake for your birthday, I was honored to make it. He’s my baby and I’ll make him anything.

Elijah,

“I promise I will let you go one day but today you will not leave with that German Chocolate Cake. I’m going to enjoy watching you eat every bite.”

I hope you all enjoy watching my video and recreating this cake for someone you love.

Ingredients For The Cake

Please note that I doubled the recipe for the cake only. I prefer bigger cakes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees Cook for 30-35 minutes

  • 1 pkg (4oz) Bakers German’s sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cover bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.

Heat up your chocolate and water for two minutes stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Beat egg whites and small bowl with until peaks form and set aside.

Combine flour baking soda and salt. Mix butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks slowly and beating well after each yolk. Add and melted chocolate and vanilla. Then flour mixture alternately with buttermilk and blending. Add egg whites stir gently to blend it then pour into prepared pans.

Please cakes on cooling rack for 15 minutes before frosting.

Ingredients For The Coconut Pecan Frosting

Enough for 3 Large round cakes or 36 cupcakes

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can evaporated milk 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 pkg ( 7 ounces) Bakers Angel Flake coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • Whisk egg yolks milk and vanilla and large sauce pan until blended add sugar and butter cook on medium heat 12 minutes stirring constantly until it’s thickened and golden brown. Remove from heat and add coconut and nuts mix well and let it cool for 15 minutes.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~Belladonnna~

My White Girl Team

It was on a Thursday…..

I am getting around the house blasting my music while I’m cleaning. My kids will be home in less than two hours from school so I’m moving quickly. If I can stop dancing my work would get done a lot quicker.

5000 steps later, dinner is cooked and the house is clean. Now in walks, my 8-year-old, talking my head off but that’s what she does every day. I call her mouth of the South. She is telling me how gross this boy is in her class. I mean he does talk with his mouth full of food so he isn’t the most charming gentlemen around. An hour later my son comes home feeling a little down because football season is over and he has more energy stored up then he knows what to do with. Another hour and a half rolls by and my daughter walks in from basketball practice with this odd look on her face.

Let me take a step back. My daughter was in 10th grade at this time and trying basketball out for the first time. She wanted to try something different and step outside her comfort zone. She has played soccer her whole life so dribbling with her hands would definitely be a step in a different direction. She, however, wasn’t too thrilled about her teammates or the coach but she is a team player and will always give 100%.

I digress, on this particular day, I knew something wasn’t right. But, I have learned to give my older two their space and wait for them to come to me. This technique usually works unless they take to long to come to me.

She said, mom, I think there is a situation that I need to talk to you about. Of course, I dropped everything and gave her my full attention. She proceeded to tell me that at last nights basketball game her coach told the team that he was proud of his white girl team for beating their opponents (majority-minority team).  Mind you my daughter isn’t white nor can she be mistaken for white. There are also 2 other non-white players on the team. So what he means by white girl team is beyond me. But he wasn’t finished with his imprudent behavior. He told the girls that he thought they would be quicker and destroy us on the court. All the girls on the “white girl team” began to laugh and congratulate themselves.

Did I forget to mention that my daughter’s team has a history of calling black players nigga and making them keep to themselves? Purposely whispering with each other and excluding blacks or anyone nonwhite. The coach knows of the racism so to take part in it is infuriating.

I called the school and set up a meeting for the very next day. The coach tried to talk about the weather but the look on my face made him sit back down in his chair and stare at the ground. He tried to deny saying it but the truth was stacked up against him. All the girls had already confessed that he said it. My daughter held her ground and said that she wasn’t a liar and what would she have to gain by making this up.

After an hour of my fist hitting the table and me screaming tell the truth and my husband being the calm rational one that he is. The coach burst into tears and confessed that he said it and was ashamed that he had done so. My question to him was simply, “Why did you think the other team would crush our team, was it because they are black and did your comment about them looking fast have anything to do with them being black”? While wiping the tears from his face he explained that he had seen them play before and they looked fast. Mind you, he had only seen 2 of the girls play.

Coach and I use that word loosely, looked at me while still crying and promised that he would apologize to the girls as he did to my daughter and would change his behavior.

Do I believe that he changed his behavior? NOPE. Very few people do. WE as a society have to stop looking at the color of someone’s skin and then assume that they lack or excel in athletic ability. This is something that a lot of us are guilty of. We might not verbalize it but we think it. However, if you are working with children and trying to have a unified team, you might need to have restraint and leave color and race out of the conversation.

The one element that I wanted the coach to take away from this meeting was UNITY. I put my kids in extracurricular activities to teach them how to work as a TEAM not divide the TEAM. I urge all coaches to teach athletes to rely on each other and learn how to operate like a well-oiled machine. Boasting over a win is one thing but shouting “I can’t believe that my white girl team won” is another and will not be tolerated.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~Belladonna~

 

 

 

Empanadas

You don’t have to fry your food for it to be crispy and delicious. Try putting an egg wash on top of your empanadas and slide into the oven. Place the oven on 375 degrees and cook for 20-25 minutes.

But let me tell you the best part about this meal, other than the fact that it is Keto friendly. (However if you are trying to lose weight then leave out the potatoes and of course use almond flour). There is always so much of the filling left and you know what that means right? Yep break out your favorite chips and start dipping.

So yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday and I wanted to make something delicious but not loaded with calories. When I’m watching the game I like to eat and serve finger foods. I’m usually a huge fan of wings but I wanted to switch it up this year and I am so glad I did.

When I initially looked up the recipe for empanadas I saw that frying was a popular method but not something that I wanted to do. The less grease in my life the better. So I decided to bake them, which was perfect because the crust is prepared the same way you would make a pie crust. My pies always have a nice crust and are beautifully golden because of the egg wash. Without the egg wash your empanadas will have a dull appearance because of the flour. A simple wash will make them glow.

Please feel free to use chicken, tofu, shrimp, sausage, vegetarian plant-based sausage or ground beef. You can’t go wrong with any of these options. I used Ground beef and for my nonmeat lovers, I used vegetarian plant-based sausage.

If your crust is homemade then please make this before you begin your filling. You want to place the prepared crust in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Begin by sifting flour into a bowl and 2 sticks of melted butter, slowly pour in 1-1 1/2 cups of water. Place in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Begin by browning your meat add seasonings and chopped vegetables. cook on low for 5 minutes and then add potatoes, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and pureed tomatoes. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes and then low heat for 10-15 minutes. Place filling into a bowl and look cool for 15 to 30 minutes.

Ingredients For Filling

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 of the vegan plant-based sausage roll cooked separately of course
  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 red pepper
  • 2 green pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 can of green Chile’s
  • 1 can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 large tomato fresh or 1 can

Crust

  • 1-1 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 sticks of melted butter
  • 3 -3 1/2 cups of flour of your choice.

Cut the dough into 4 sections and then cut again. Form it into a ball and then roll them out, stuff, fold, rub egg wash on top and bake on 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~Belladonna~