We’ve recently discovered this wonderful little small batch company in Chicago called Urban Accents. They are doing amazing things with cooking & baking mixes and spice blends like these ginger carrot cake flapjacks that were out of this world. Perfect for a special fall weekend breakfast.
They sent us three of their new Veggie Roasters to try out and see what we thought: the Dijon Pepper Vinaigrette, Spicy Peri Peri & Lemon, and Manchego & Roasted Garlic. We could not wait to try them on tons of veggies! The spicy peri peri & lemon on our braised Brussel sprouts! Yum! The Manchego & Roasted Garlic on roasted potatoes or in mashed potatoes or on steamed broccoli????? Imagine the possibilities. The Dijon Pepper Vinaigrette made into a homemade salad dressing poured onto grilled asparagus!!
We tried the Dijon Pepper Vinaigrette as suggested over portobello mushrooms and they were delicious. We brushed the mushrooms with the seasoning blend and olive oil mixture per the directions. Then we roasted them at 400º and they were the perfect texture.
Then we tried the Spicy Peri Peri & Lemon on roasted Brussels sprouts. So goooooooood. Spicy and lemony and good. I followed the package directions except added a bit more oil and spice and roasted for longer since it was for a 2 lb bag of sprouts, but it honestly could’ve used a bit more olive oil due to the longer roasting time. They were still super yummy. The leaves got uber crunchy and a ton of heat from the spicy peri peri.
But I thought, wait, why stop at veggies?? It’s basically a yummy spice blend that could be used on anything. And I thought the Manchego & Roasted Garlic screamed Italian food, so why not use it to season up some skinny turkey meatballs for an easy, flavorful dinner?!? So that’s what I did! Side note: I know Manchego is a Spanish cheese, give me a break. 😉 Cheese and garlic = Italian food.
Here’s the recipe for ya:
Machego & Roasted Garlic Turkey Meatballs
Adapted from Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 4 meatballs w sauce
Calories: 241 • Fat: 7 g • Carbs: 14 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 3 g • Protein: 31 g
- 1 lb, Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast 99%
- 3 tbsp, Bread Crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup, Manchego Cheese, grated
- 1 1/2 tbsp, Urban Accents Manchego & Roasted Garlic Veggie Roaster seasoning
- 4 tbsp, Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1 Jar, Marinara Sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- fresh salt & pepper
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, cheese, seasoning blend, and parsley. Using your (clean) hands, mix all the ingredients well until everything is combined. Form small meatballs, about the size of a ping ping ball (you should have 16 total).
Heat marinara sauce over medium high in a large sauce pan, add bay leaf and season with salt & pepper to taste (I never think jarred pasta sauce tastes quite right so I always have to tweak it). You could alternatively make a homemade marinara sauce like the one from Gina’s recipe. I chose to go the easy route this time.
Allow sauce to come to a slow boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Thin sauce with a little water (or pasta water) if needed. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook about 20 minutes.
Serve over pasta. We had ours over quinoa pasta.
Our favorite of the three new veggie roasters was definitely the Manchego & Roasted Garlic because, um, hello, how can you go wrong with cheese and garlic?!? But all three were great flavors! Do you want to know what I love though? I love that they are gluten free and do not contain msg; they use sea salt, which is lower in sodium; they do not contain high fructose corn syrup and all of the ingredients are items you can read and recognize! We tend to shy away from buying a lot of spice blends because when we make them at home we trust the ingredients in them, so it’s great to find a company making spice blends with ingredients we can trust!
Now I promised a GIVEAWAY!! Our generous friends over at Urban Accents offered to giveaway these same three Veggie Roasters to one of our readers to try. Giveaway ends Wednesday, October 22nd. Click the Rafflecopter to enter!
Enjoy!Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post, however we did receive a sample for our review. All opinions are our own and not influenced in any way.