The Chicken Ball

by Joanne on April 28, 2010

Tuesday night was suppose to be another cycle group ride.  But the email didn’t arrive and I was actually hoping it wouldn’t since the weather reverted back to February temperatures complete with snow.


It wasn’t snow that stayed but still…it was in the air and that was bad enough. Thursday, when the next cycle group ride is scheduled, the weather should be nicer.

I can’t wait for it to get a little warmer so I can show THIS off to my new cycling friends:


It’s from Kalli of FitandFortySomething.  “MetalMtnCycling”  !  I showed Ted and he said “did you tell her your husband needed one?”  Ha Ha Ted!  No Way, Baby!  He may ride faster than me but I dress better.

Thanks Kalli!  I love it!  You shouldn’t have but I’m so glad you did

I felt so zonked Tuesday morning before leaving the house.  I got on the carpet where Shane was chewing a raw hide bone and put my head on his back.  He was so warm and soft, I could have taken a nap…if he would have kept still.  The silly dog was gnawing away and his body was jerking all over the place. 

Shane is the mushiest dog in the earliest morning hours when I get up and Ted stays in bed.  He goes to the top of the stairs and waits for me.  He just lays there while I give him a quick belly rub before going down to workout.  Then he goes back to sleep and doesn’t come into the gym until Ted gets there at about 5 am.  Lazy men in our house!

Wednesday Run:  14 miles.  First of all, I had the WORST dream last night. Ted actually woke me up because I was mumbling.  I remember that I was trying to scream “HELP ME” but in the dream, the words wouldn’t form and just came out as  “MMMmmm!   MMMMMM!”  Some horrible woman with red hair and laundry in her hand was beating me up.  I’d really be interested in the interpretation of that one!

Anyway, back to the run, nasty, nasty morning.  I ran 10.05 inside on the T/M.  It was AWFUL!  I never got my  legs going.  I felt tired and kind of sick.   When we went outside, I had only 4 miles to go and decided to take an extended version of the route for the 5K race on Saturday.  The original plan was to test my time after running 10 on the mill.   That would have been too depressing this morning so I just eked out 4 easy ones with Shane.  They weren’t easy.  Nothing about today’s run was easy. I wanted to go back to bed the entire 14. Ugg!

Chicken Meatballs and Tofu Balls

As posted the other day, one of my favorite books is from the Canyon Ranch.   Here is another recipe, converted to suit our tastes, but based on the Canyon Ranch Cooks Chicken Meatball Sub recipe.


Chicken Meatballs  *See below for Tofu Meatballs   Serves 4


  • 1 package ground chicken *or Firm Lite Tofu 
  • 1 TBS dried whole cranberries, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • pinch red pepper
  • 1 tsp caraway seed
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots, chopped small
  • 2 TBS fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 TBS toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 cup Marinara sauce (your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Mix together the chicken through the egg.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Grease a baking sheet using the 1 TBS of olive oil. 

Roll the chicken mixture into about 1 ounce balls and place on the greased baking sheet.


Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. 

Serve with the heated marinara sauce and cheese.  *You can serve in a hot dog roll or whole wheat baguette to make a chicken meatball sub.


Vegetarian Version:


Use FIRM TOFU instead of the chicken.  Mix all of the above, the same way as instructed using chicken.  I also added 1 TBS of grated cheese in the mix (optional).


Baking time is 35 minutes for the tofu at 375 F and during the last minute to minute and a half, change oven to HI Broil and finish the tofu. Watch carefully so the balls don’t burn.


Being completely honest, this was one of the BEST tofu recipes I’ve had.  The TOFU balls were loaded with flavor from the sweet cranberries, the caraway added a hint of “mystery” and the sauce with the cheese…what a perfect meal.  I’m patting myself on the back for this one.

Ted enjoyed the chicken meatballs as well.  He had them with bread, sauce and a hint of cheese.

What is your favorite MEATLESS meal?


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    • At 2010.04.28 09:12, Ana (AnActive Adventure) said:

      That is such a nice present you got from Kalli!! You are definitely going to look good riding in that 😉 I have just now began cooking with tofu, so I don’t know too many recipes to cook with it but this one looks so good.
      .-= Ana (AnActive Adventure)´s last blog ..Tofu-Tastic! =-.

      • At 2010.04.28 19:10, Joanne said:

        It was really thoughtful of Kalli. So nice and so unexpected. I think the tofu balls were my favorite way to cook tofu yet.

        • At 2010.04.28 09:35, Dawn Hutchins said:

          LOVING tofu lately. So far I’ve sauteed and baked it. I even bought one of those tofu presses now but it’s not due to arrive till mid May on back order. Boo!
          .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Ginger Peanut Pasta Salad =-.

          • At 2010.04.28 19:11, Joanne said:

            I’d like to know what a tofu press is. Never heard of it?

            • At 2010.04.28 09:39, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

              oh i love that you got the hoodie! i know you will look great in it and trevor will be so proud!
              i love anything vegetarian actually and i know i would love anything you would make-you are a wonder in the kitchen! btw they do have man’s version in black of the hoodie……maybe something will show up someday for ted 🙂
              .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Wild and Free and Double Trouble =-.

              • At 2010.04.28 19:12, Joanne said:

                Thanks so much and don’t send Ted a hoodie. I want to keep him jealous of my cycle duds. 😉

                • At 2010.04.28 13:05, runnerforever said:

                  Favorite meatless meal is breakfast food…pancakes, oatmeal, cereal. Can’t go wrong!
                  .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..Where did it go? =-.

                  • At 2010.04.28 19:12, Joanne said:

                    With you on the oatmeal for sure.

                    • At 2010.04.28 13:40, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                      Recently I’ve started liking vegetable soups, especially creamy ones 🙂

                      • At 2010.04.28 19:12, Joanne said:

                        I like the lentil soups and black bean.

                        • At 2010.04.28 15:53, Lindsay said:

                          Those chicken meatballs look ahhhhmazing. I’ve had those days where on the way out the door to go to work I lay down and put my head on Molly. She won’t be still either. 😉
                          .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..I’ve Died and Gone To Strawberry Heaven =-.

                          • At 2010.04.28 19:13, Joanne said:

                            They are just so warm and furry – gotta love to cuddle with them.

                            • At 2010.04.28 21:27, Bela said:

                              Those balls look delicious. DD loves meatballs but I hardly ever make them for her b/c of the fat but these seem quite healthy. I will have to try them.
                              .-= Bela´s last blog ..I DID IT! And I Froze! =-.

                              • At 2010.04.29 06:22, Judi said:

                                Hmm tofu balls! I like that idea.

                                Meatless meals – maybe this is all I will eat now after watching Food Inc! 🙂 Actually we usually only eat meat once a week anyway.

                                One of my favorite meatless meals is a Eggplant and Chick pea stew. I LOVE eggplant – do you?
                                .-= Judi´s last blog ..Where does our food come from? =-.

                                • At 2010.04.29 12:05, Chaya said:

                                  I am wondering, if there is a way, to make this without tofu or chicken? Is there a cheese to ball up, like that?

                                  It looks amazing but we don’t like tofu and I would like it to be meatless.
                                  .-= Chaya´s last blog ..Southwestern Hash CEiMB =-.

                                  • At 2010.04.29 12:48, Joanne said:

                                    Sure! how about puree of beans, or a mixture of nuts and beans? You might try crumbling tempeh. You could always use the meatless crumbles.

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                                      • At 2010.04.30 14:19, Toya said:

                                        I’ll have to try this with the tofu. The addition of cranberries sounds really delicious. Glad I found this recipe. Thanks!

                                        .-= Toya´s last blog ..Better than Salad – Collard Wraps – Recipe =-.

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