Snack Plate and Meatball Bake

I’m sort of experimenting with intermittent fasting right now where I fast for 16 hours and eat for 8. It’s really not that crazy- I (try to) stop eating after dinner, so around 7 or 8, and then I don’t have another meal until 12 or 1 the next day. So basically just skipping breakfast, though I do drink a bulletproof coffee in the morning (it doesn’t affect insulin levels so doesn’t technically break the fast).  My bulletproof version contains coffee, MCT oil, Kerrygold butter, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and a few tablespoons of Nutpods- I just whir it all in the blender for a few seconds and it is DELICIOUS. There are tons of articles about the benefits of intermittent fasting. I recommend googling it if you’re curious because it’s pretty fascinating.

ANYWAY. I could talk all day about that but really I just wanted to show you my new favorite afternoon mini meal/snack, because I’m usually ready for one when we get home from school pickup. On one of the kids’ tiny plates, because I’m fancy.

Trader Joe’s FTW, as usual. A few truffle marcona almonds, which are ridiculously good but have a STRONG truffle flavor. Then a little Unexpected Cheddar, which Jack and I fight over. If you’ve never tried it, it tastes like cross between cheddar cheese and parmesan. Also cornichons (LOVE) and today I had a few slices of sausage to round it out. Snack plates 4 life.

I picked up a package of organic basil and garlic chicken meatballs at Costco the other day. Isla requested pasta for dinner tonight, so I came up with a little low-carb meatball bake to go with it.


I only used one package of the meatballs (they come with two 1-lb packages). Here’s the nutrition info, if you’re interested. Pretty clean ingredients!

I just sprayed a baking dish with cooking spray, then mixed the drained mushrooms and Rao’s marinara sauce in a big bowl. Spread a layer of sauce in the baking dish, added the meatballs, topped with more sauce, covered with mozzarella and a sprinkle of parmesan (and a little Italian seasoning), then baked at 350 for about 20-25 minutes.

Brian and I had ours over low carb noodles (Healthy Noodle brand, also from Costco). The meatballs were actually pretty good! And you can’t go wrong with Rao’s. Lots of leftovers for lunch tomorrow, too.

Brian’s bowling with friends tonight so I need to go catch up on trash TV before he gets home. Have a great weekend!

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