Turkey Quinoa Meatballs – Gluten Free!

One quick glance at the Recipe section of Candy Crazed Run, and it will be self evident that I am a meatball fan.  The World’s Best Bison Meatball Sandwiches, Turkey Meatball Zucchini Pasta, you name it, I love it! Better yet, there is NO reason delicious meatballs can’t be healthy! I make sure to always have a few servings frozen, ready for a speedy meal.


When I first made meatballs, I had to make a new purchase, breadcrumbs. Prior to making my first meatballs, I had never had a use for them. While I love meatballs, I am not a big grain eater – strange I know. Lately I have had to switch the grains that I do eat, including quinoa more often into my diet.  The only problem, I am not a huge quinoa fan.

I found myself with left over quinoa in my fridge. Hating to waste food, I decided to incorporate them into my almost bi-weekly meatball making in leiu of breadcrumbs! While I knew it could be done, I was skeptical that the ancient grain would maintain moisture when used with lean turkey.

Well folks, good news. I was wrong! Not only are these Turkey Quinoa Meatballs healthy and gluten free….there incredible! Rich, and savory, the quinoa adds an unexpected chewiness that meatballs made with leaner meats typically lack.

So grab a bowl of pasta, well baked bread, or as pictured below, zucchini, and enjoy!

TurkeyQuinoaMeatballs Hands On Time: 20 minutes        Total Time: 40 Minutes           Serves: 4


1lbs ground turkey

2 cloves finely minced garlic

1/3 c finely chopped sweet onion

1/4 c cooked quinoa

1/2 egg, beaten

salt & pepper & oregano


Pre-heat over to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil coated in cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until just combined, do not over mix.

Using a tablespoon, scoop meatballs, rolling in palms to form meatballs.

Bake for 35 minutes or until cooked through, turning once, halfway through cooking.

Serve and enjoy!

*Note: These meatballs freeze very well. Simply wrap in foil, seal in a plastic bag and freeze. Pre-cooked home made meatballs are a lifesaver in this household!

Are you a meatball fan?

How do you pull together a quick dinner?

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Writing Process Tour

A big thank you to one of my favs, the absolutely hilarious Amy from Fitness Meets Frosting (Seriously, if you don’t already read her blog, check her out!) for asking me to participate in the Writing Process Tour. The idea behind the tour, is for bloggers to share their process, and spread the love so we can learn from each other!

My Writing Process

My first reaction is “Ha! What “Process”” After a moment’s reflection however, the truth is, there is a method to the madness, and one that is constantly evolving.

Blog Objectives:

What I truly love about blogging, and CCR is that despite ever tip out there, I do not have to pigeon hole my blog objective.

My goal is to share my healthy-living related passions in a useful format. I have many other passions, I’m looking at you travel!, however, I have chosen to write and share my perspective on food and my fitness passion, running.

Weekly Structure

I follow a very loose weekly structure. I usually blog Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Mondays are often weekend recaps, Fridays, Five Things Friday, and Wednesdays what ever I happen to feel like writing about, typically food or running…shocking I know ;). This structure provides two primary benefits:

  1. Structure helps me generate blog ideas .
  2. Structured posts prompt me to include little bits of my personal life outside of food and fitness, something I  shy away of without that structure, and still struggle to incorporate.

Structured Posts

Structured posts happen in outline form. Over the course of a few days, I will outline a skeleton of what I want to include, and as I decide what I want to write about, fill in the skeleton with the storyline, pictures, and hyperlinks.


Non-Structured posts tend to happen in well, word vomit form. Generally, I return from a weekend run outdoors, and am bursting at the seams with some fascinating (to my endorphin pumped brain) concept that I simply must share. Before I have even removed my sweat filled shoes, voila! I have the most brilliant post CCR has ever produced!

After a change of clothes (heaven forbid I actually shower post-run, Ha!) and breakfast, I realize that said brilliant work of art makes absolutely no sense and needs a lot of editing. Over the course of a few days editing will happen.

Recipes happen in much the same way, but with a little more focus. After testing a recipe for the second time, while the food turns cold, I input all of the ingredients, portions, and instructions so they are perfectly fresh in my mind! Over the course of a few days, I will edit and write the story behind the recipe as the introduction.


Once a post has been published, I will share it on social Facebook and Twitter once. Many people will promote a post multiple times to catch different audiences. Frankly, I find this annoying, so I share only once. I also share recipes on Instagram and of course, Pinterest!


We all love pictures…um hello Instagram! I am a horrid blogger in that I dislike taking pictures. Having them is wonderful, but taking them, not so much.  I like to include at least one picture per post, preferably more.

I do not own a camera, instead almost all of my pictures are taken with my iphone. My go-to photo editing tool is the app Snapspeed. I cannot recommend an app more highly. It take pictures from this, to this!

PicMonkey Collage

To add text, I use PicMonkey, a free editing tool which users can pay to upgrade to access additional features.


So there ya have it folks, how Candy Crazed Run comes to be! You may have noticed that I (finally) purchased my domain, see ya later.wordpress! Let me know if you would be interested in a post on my blogging platform of choice/why I am not self hosted etc!

Now, the fun part! Please be sure to check out four far more interesting bloggers than I, the wonderful Amy @ Fitness Meets Frosting, Olena @ Candies and Crunches, Karen @ The Mile Report, and my hometown fav, Jenn @ Runs With Pugs!

Do you blog? Do you keep a Journal?

Do you enjoy writing?

Do you have a writing process? How would you describe your style?

Stream of conscious for sure!

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Five Things Friday

Good Friday morning to you! What do you have planned for the weekend? I am leaving for vacation soon (yippee!) so my weekend will be full of packing, planning, and hopefully a little bit of sun time! How about some Five Things Friday to get us going?

 Five Things Friday

First, I’m Cooking Again!

I have spoken before about my love of magazines, my favorites are Runner’s World, Elle, Cooking Light, and Eating Well. Each issue, I ear mark recipes I plan to make, rip them out and pin them to a literal pinboard in my kitchen. Between being busy, and craving a few of my go-to recipes over and over again, I’ve been out of the true cooking, and attempting new recipes, both my own and other’s.


Liz of the Lemon Bowl came to rescue. Sunday evening I whipped up her Indian Spiced Turkey and Vegetable Ragu, and it was delicious! Monday evening I was able to whip out leftovers, quickly reheat them and have a super-speedy and satisfying meal ready to go!

Second, Roasted Tomato Eggplant Steaks with Poached Egg

Speaking of cooking, earlier this week I posted a truly simple, frugal, quick, and darn delicious, if I do say so myself, recipe for Roasted Tomato Eggplant Steaks with Poached Egg.

Eggplant Recipe, Healthy recipe, gluten free, vegitarian recipe

My goal with this recipe was to tackle the recipe conundrum that seems to pop up frequently. You know the story, you get home from work, it’s 7pm, and darn it, you want a meal. A real meal, not a bowl of cereal or a frozen pizza. You decide to try one of the plethora of 20 minute recipes that promise a great healthy quick meal. 45 minutes later you are hangry and just sitting down to eat.

Not with this recipe! Not only should it take you less than the stated 30 minutes, but it is so, so, satisfying!

Third, Yoga!

I did it! I went to yoga! Last week I reported attending my first yoga class in over a year (yikes!) I hoped that this would not be a trend, but actions speak louder than words, and my history with yoga is clearly spotty at best.

Welp, I id it again, wooo! Monday evening after work, I attended a Vinyasa class where we focused on back bends and oh was it wonderful! After Saturday’s BodyPump class, where I love to push it on the back track, I needed the release, let’s hope I can take after so many of you and keep up on the Yoga train!

Fourth, Links I loved

Getting Kids Involved In The Kitchen

8 Simple Hacks to “Undo” Those Embarrassing Tech Mistakes via The Lean Green Bean

There is nothing worse than losing a word document!

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles easy, @ 8:19, core

Thursday: 7 miles, 8:19

Wednesday: 7 miles 2 @ 8:19 6 sets of 3 minutes @ 7:30 2 @ 8:19, 1.5 @ 8:19, arms

Tuesday: Skipped…

I just wanted to sleep, realistically, I could have easily completed my 7 miles. Ahhhh well!

Monday: AM: 6 miles @ 8:19, abs PM: Yoga

Sunday: 8 miles, untimed

Saturday: Skipped my run for a 5 mile walk and BodyPump. – Great idea!

Have you gone on any trips this Summer? Where to!?!

Do you go through cooking phases?

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Roasted Tomato Eggplant Steaks with Poached Egg

Recipes are lovely. Be them from a book, magazine (my favorite format) or blog, recipes open our daily lives, never mundane, though they may at times seem that way, to a literal world of flavors, foods, and yes, learning experiences.

I have one tiny issue with said recipes, recipes have a tendency to take a touch longer to create than their purported cooking time.

Be it 1 1/2 hours, or 25 minutes, they always seem to require more time. This can be frustrating. Especially on a weekday night when what we often crave is good food that meets our time expectations.


I set off with a challenge for this recipe for Roasted Tomato Eggplant Steaks with Poached Egg. The second time I tested it, I set a timer (note times are rounded because 24 minutes is simply obnoxious) to ensure that the time reflected in the recipe was accurate. Then I added time. While this sounds like a reader suicide act, I would rather set fair expectations, because ya’ll, this truly quick and easy meal is worth it!

This dish with is quite literally made for a hectic weekday night uses two of my favorite foods, eggplant and runny eggs. Nothing says comfort like the warm savory of a runny egg yolk and tomato!

Now find yourself a rainy night, and enjoy this lovely simple meal!


Hands-On Time: 30 minutes       Total Time: 30 minutes       Serves: 2


  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c tomato puree
  • 1 1/4 inch sweet onion slice, quartered
  • 1 large tomato, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • basil & oregano to taste


Heat grill pan or George Foreman. While grill heats, slice the ends off both sides of eggplant. Vertically slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch thick steaks. Place eggplant steaks on grill, grill until just tender, 5-6 minutes.

While eggplant grills, heat a medium sauce pan, coated in cooking spray, over medium-low heat. Add onions and sautee 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds, until fragrant, stirring constantly so garlic does not burn. Add tomatoes and cook another 2 minutes or until tomato slices begin to soften. Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Turn off heat and cover to keep warm.

Boil a large pot of water. Crack individual eggs into individual bowls. Gently slide eggs into boiling water, and reduce to a simmer. Set a timer for 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, divide eggplant steaks onto two plates, and top with tomato sauce. The moment the timer goes off, use slotted spoon to remove eggs from water, and place two on each plate.

Top with basil and oregano to your hearts delight!

Are you a fan of runny eggs?

I could literally eat the twice a day!

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Summer Send-Off

Happy Monday morning to you! I hope you week is off to an energetic, positive start! How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting? Here in Raleigh, the weekend was wonderful and as always, full of incredible food.

Sadly, this was Eric’s last weekend in Raleigh. He completed the internship of a lifetime on Friday, and my sidekick/there whenever I need him with froyo buddy is gone. Anyone with a close sibling can understand how wonderful it is, and easy to take for granted while growing up, having a sibling who is always, “‘on your level.” Who is up for anything you may being the mood for at the moment you are in the mood for it.

Whether it was trying a new restaurant, entering a race the day before, watching every moment of the world cup, or spending the majority of your Friday nights eating froyo and watching Shark Tank, having my brother there has been simply the best.

I wanted to take a look back at a just a few of the fun things we have done together this Summer – warning- as you can imagine, the vast majority of these involve food, then again, this is Candy Crazed Run… ;)

dinner Cooking Sunday Night Farmer’s Market dinners while listening to World Music

gonza Multiple trips to out second home, Gonza Tacos y Teqila

Duke GardensExploring the Duke Gardens

 World Cup World Cupping

RailHawkes Keeping the soccer party going, checking out the Carolina RailHawkes

capital Finding a new Raleigh favorite, Capital Club 16

bdayHelping me celebrate my birthday

racePartaking in our favorite activity- jumping into races at the very last minute. Siblings placing in the Race 13.1 Raleigh 10k.

  IMG_4431[1] Final send-off dinner at Second Empire

Not only am I a lucky girl to have spent the Summer with (i.e. had at my beck and call) my brother, in less than two weeks, I will see him, my mom, dad, and sister when we all convene at the Albuquerque airport for our Summer Western vacation! Weeeee!

Do you live near siblings?

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My Life Is Now Complete – Five Things Friday

Good Friday morning to you! I know that talking about the weather is a no-no, and super lame conversation, but I must gush. Keeping in mind that it is July in North Carolina, the highs the past few days has been in the mid-80’s, the lows in the mid-60’s! Sadly sweet Summer’s long days and early mornings are reaching the waning point where it I can just  squeeze in a morning run in the light before work. I am milking every last moment that I can in these oh so glorious and fleeting cool days!


First, My Life Is Now Complete

I have a guilty pleasure. No, it is not the obscene amounts of froyo that I eat, I have absolutely no shame about that whatsoever. It is my lunch breaks. While I adore grabbing lunch with co-workers, I also adore savoring my precious editorial magazines while I enjoy my lunch. Anti-Social? sure, but since childhood, I have had a passion for magazines, one which I can only seem to fit in during my lunch breaks.

As I enjoyed my salad, and the July Issue of Cooking Light Wednesday, reading every last word, because I am OCD and have to, THE. MOST. EXCITING. event of my life occurred when I noticed something familiar…


Wait a minute….That’s me!

Cooking Light published my tweet in their print issue, yippeee! So basically I can call myself a published author now, because that is how these things work right? ;)

Second, Raise Your Hand If You’re Excited…

 Me, me me!

Third, A little Self-Congratulations

I did it! I went to yoga!

Doing yoga is always, always, always toward the top of my fitness goals list. Yes, I know that it keeps a runner healthy, balanced, flexible, strong, yada yada, ya. That knowledge makes me truly want to incorporate yoga into my workout routine…. in theory. As a 16 year dancer, you think it would be easy for me to fit in. In reality, as I walked into class Wednesday sans mat, I realized it had literally been two years since I had attended a class. Yikes! Class was fun! I am hoping to incorporate it twice per month. I mean really, how hard can that be ;)

Fourth, Links I loved

Changing Camp Snacks for the Better via The Lean Green Bean

I love Sally’s point that it does not take an angry army of activist to create change, sometimes all it takes is awareness and simple politeness to affect change for the better.

Life Lessons From the Big Apple

Robyn’s post on moving, growing, and perspective eloquently articulates, as she always does, the amazing things that come from moving, being placed in situations you would not have chosen for yourself, and growing into the person you were meant to be. Anyone who has ever had to start over once (or multiple times) will identify!

If you are currently experiencing a rough transition, it is evidence of the truth, that you can take this opportunity to thrive, become a stronger person and the person you were meant to be!

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles easy, @ 8:16

Thursday: 6 miles, 7:57 average pace w/ 2 tempo-ish miles @ 7:52 & 7:25, abs

Wednesday: Yoga!

Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:19 w/ 2 miles @ 7:47, back

Monday: 6 miles @ 8:15 average pace, abs

Sunday: Off, long walk

Saturday: 60 minutes elliptical, arms

How is the weather where you live?

Do you ever interact with magazines?

Are you fabulous and have had something real published? (I mean I know you are fabulous regardless :))

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