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Most times you don’t just wake up and think “hmmmmm I think I want to start a joint blog about healthier living, healthier eating and all around kicking ass while having a damn good time

Unless you’re us.

Okay so maybe it didn’t happen like that but it did sort of happen over a Skype date. When we were living thousands of miles apart, we would set up a specific time (with a four hour time difference mind you) to cook together. Laptops set precariously on kitchen counters and all the fixins that we agreed upon. Same recipe, same ingredients, same time…like sharing a real kitchen (but different).

Then we would sit down together and look longingly into the computer screen, waiting patiently for the day we wouldn’t need to rely on Skype. Waiting for the day that we could share one kitchen, not two.

The turkey meatball recipe below was sort of the light bulb above the head for us. What if we had our personal blogs and at the same time started a blog together that would be less about us as individuals and more about living (or trying to the best of our ablilites) healthier together.

Thus TheHDD was born…

Food right now is sort of funky for us. Both of us trying to figure out a meal plan that works (Paleo? Vegetarian? Shove whatever we find in our pieholes????) but one thing is certain: Sharing the kitchen is far better when done together rather than 4000 miles apart.


Paleo Turkey Meatballs

Original Recipe was found over at Food/Love/Rock&Roll

The ingredients:

  • 2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup ground cashews
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 hot pepper (optional – we used hungarian yellow pepper), finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350F

Take your turkey

– Side note: Make your own ground cashews. It will make you feel all Rachel Ray and shit. No seriously. Okay maybe that’s just Tara but man did she feel kind of bad ass.


Impressive right?!?

Take your other ingredients:


And mix them in a bowl


In a glass pan lightly coated with olive oil form into meatballs. The original recipe says this will make about 14 meatballs. We made our a little bigger and got 8.


Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes…

– Side note: There will be quite a bit of fat rendered off of the meatballs. That’s normal. Just use a fork to remove excess fat.

– Additional Side note: The original recipe served with tomato sauce. We ate them plain because they were so good. Make extra batches and freeze for quick dinners, breakfasts or just something to snack on.

 ~ Now that’s good eatin’ folks!