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I was looking forward to last night all week. We found out that Dennis’ brother, Dave and his lovely wife, Donna, would be coming to town for a conference for a business they have recently become involved in. Dave and Donna own a franchise in their hometown of Sugar Land, Texas called The Diet Doc. Donna is the face of the business, while Dave is “behind the scenes”.  They help people learn how to eat and live a healthier life. It is really very interesting to hear all Donna learned about at the conference this weekend. I am always interested in hearing how to live healthy, so enjoyed our conversation immensely. Dave is a physician and Donna owns a med spa called You Only Younger. This is just another something to keep them even busier. I honestly don’t know how Donna keeps up with all she does. They have three wonderful kids. My nephew, Zack, and nieces, Sydney and Kendall are all in college and keep super busy too. Zack is a full-time student and also works a full time job. Sydney enjoys college and is really enjoying her sorority. Kendall is a freshman in college and plays on the club soccer team. They are a busy family of 5!

For those of you interested in visiting Donna’s Facebook page, here is the link. http://www.Facebook.com/thedietdocsugarland.  Her website will also be up and running soon. I’m sure Donna will let everyone know, through her Facebook page, when the website is up. I highly recommend visiting her page. It’s very interesting and she is full of great ideas as far as meal prep, etc. Donna is super supportive of her clients and is very genuine and caring. She wants the best for those she’s helping. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Our sister-in-law, Kelly, works with Donna and they have a lot of fun together coming up with Kelly’s plans for the week and I know they enjoy chatting on the phone about their progress each week.

I decided I’d make an Italian meatball soup for our dinner together and serve it with my ciabatta rosemary garlic bread and an arugula salad with cranberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. Yum! Everything was a hit, I’m so glad they enjoyed the food. We finished it off with a batch of Ina Garten’s homemade blondies. Oh my goodness, Ina is a genius. They were fabulous!

For my soup, I started by making my meatballs. I wanted to make a large batch so I’d have plenty of leftovers. I prefer ground turkey, so that’s the meat I chose. I added grated white onion, minced garlic, minced parsley, breadcrumbs, eggs, dried oregano, Italian seasoning, kosher salt and pepper.

I baked the meatballs in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. I set them aside and started to put the soup together.

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For the soup, I used a half an onion, carrots, celery olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh spinach, a can of diced tomatoes, white cannellini beans, low sodium chicken broth and pinot Grigio.

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Ingredients for the meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 white onion, grated
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions for meatballs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place everything in a large glass bowl and mix together lightly with a fork. Using a cookie scoop, form the meatballs and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes.

Ingredients for soup

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounce bag fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 15-1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 15-1/2 ounce cans white beans (cannellini)
  • 3 cartons (12 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Sauté vegetables for about 10 minutes. Add wine and scrape up brown bits. Add stock, tomatoes, beans, cooked meatballs and spinach. Simmer on medium-low for 30-45 minutes. Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris