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Monday, February 20, 2012

Sweet Chicken & Parsnip Balls

Sweet Chicken and Parsnip Balls
These yummy little bites look like meatballs, but have a much softer texture.  You can put them out for a nice warm appetizer, or serve them for dinner alone or with pasta.  The addition of parsnips makes them deliciously sweet, and the bit of carrot gives them a nice color.  The coconut oil will make your whole house smell wonderful!  If you prefer a more substantial texture, use fewer potatoes and don't process the chicken as long.  These cuties are a fun way to make chicken seem different, and the sweet taste makes them perfect for kids!

Sweet Chicken and Parsnip Balls

1 lb boneless chicken breasts
1 lb potatoes (abt 4 small), peeled and quartered
3 large parsnips, peeled and cut in lg pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and grated
4 - 6 Tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp salt

Poach chicken breasts by simmering in a large pot of salted water over low heat for about 10 minutes (longer if frozen).  Drain and set aside.

Boil potatoes and parsnips in salted water until soft, about 20 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Soften onions, carrots, and a pinch of salt in 3 Tbsp coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, about 10 minutes.

In a large food processor, finely chop the chicken, onions and carrots.  Scrape mixture into a large mixing bowl.  Then process the potatoes and parsnips with 1 Tbsp coconut oil.  Add this mixture to the mixing bowl.  Add 1 tsp of salt and stir thoroughly until well blended.

Roll or scoop the chicken mixture into 1" balls (makes 50 - 60 balls).  You can cook these two ways -- either by frying in batches in coconut oil on the stove, or baking in the oven.  If you choose to bake, add a good tablespoon of coconut oil onto each of three baking sheets, and cook the balls at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Using tongs, turn the balls at least once.

Shared with Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist and the Homestead Barn Hop at the Prairie Homestead and Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures and Hunk of Meat Monday at Beyer Beware and Melt in Your Mouth MOnday at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and the Hearth and Soul Hop at Premeditated Leftovers and Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager and Traditional Tuesday at Whole New Mom and Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training and Allergy Free Wednesday at Real Food Allergy Free and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Gluten Free Wednesday at the Gluten Free Homemaker and Whole Food Wednesday at Beyond the Peel and Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet and Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFLGINS and Freaky Friday at Real Food Freaks and Fresh Bites Friday at Real Food Whole Health and Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade and Fusion Friday at JEnnifer Cooks and Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom and Healing with Food Friday

11 comments:

  1. What a great combination of ingredients! Delicious recipe. Just perfect for little hands too. :-)

    Hugs,
    --Amber

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    1. Thank you for sharing your recipe on AFW! Be sure to check back next week for reader favorites and hostess picks.

      Be Well,
      --AFW Hostesses

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  2. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    http://realfoodforager.com/fat-tuesday-february-21-2012/

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  3. These look yummy. I love dishes that are bite-sized and easy to take on the go too.

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  4. This was wonderful! Everyone loved this, even the 2 and 5 year old! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  6. I have to try this recipe it sounds so good! I love that it is allergy-free, but made of easily available and inexpensive items.

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  7. Hi There Lisa,

    I featured your awesome recipe this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays. Your recipe and other highlights can be seen here: http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/02/allergy-free-wednesdays-blog-hop-week-6.html

    Please join us again this week for more allergy-free fun and inspiration.

    Be Well,
    --Amber

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  8. Never would have thought of adding parsnips to meatballs. These sound delicious!

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  9. Hi There Lisa,

    Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome dinner/main dish inspired recipe on my monthly recipe round-up. If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other dinner ideas ranging from meat-based to vegan.

    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/03/monthly-round-up-march-2012.html

    Dinner is served ya’ll!

    Hugs,
    --Amber

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  10. Oh, these are awesome and lunchbox-friendly too! I am making these for sure! Thank you for sharing them at Healing with Food Friday! Hope to see you again this week!
    http://peelingbacktheonionlayers.com/healing-with-food-friday-14/

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