Twisted Gourmet Italian Blend (healthy) Turkey Meatballs

Shhhh… you don’t have to tell anybody they’re healthy!

These delicious meatballs can stand up to their beefier cousins any day. Low in fat, high in protein (EXTRA high in protein), they’re a delicious staple you’ll make often. Try them in a meatball sub or in the perennial favourite, Spaghetti and Meatballs.



1 lb ground turkey (could substitute ground chicken)

1/4 cup quinoa (substitute with breadcrumbs, panko, crushed crackers… your choice)

1.5 Tablespoons The Twisted Gourmet Italian Blend seasoning.

2 tsp dried chives

2 Tablespoon liquid egg white or fresh egg white (can be omitted if desired)

1-2 Tablespoon safflower or other neutral oil.


Method:Italian quinoa

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Toast quinoa in a dry pan over medium high heat for 5 minutes or until golden and fragrant, stirring frequently.  Grind in a coffee grinder, food processor or with a mortar & pestle. If you don’t have either, crush with the bottom of  a heavy flat bottomed drinking glass.

Stir The Twisted Gourmet Italian blend seasoning and dried chives into crushed quinoa in medium sized bowl.

Add ground turkey and egg white. Using hands, combine all ingredients until well blended.

Form into 1 inch balls.

Heat oven proof pan over medium high heat, add oil. When oil is sizzle hot, add meatballs. Allow to cook a few minutes, turn once a good sear has been formed. Brown on all sides.

Place pan (uncovered) in the oven for 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (no more pink).

Remove pan, allow to rest for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Italian blend meatballs

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Southern Gentleman Roasted Chicken Breasts

SG chicken

Southern Gentleman Spice Blend is my top seller, and for good reason. This terrific mixture is full of flavour, complex and delicious. There are lots of ways to use Southern Gentleman, but one of my favourites follows:


6 Bone in skinless chicken breasts (of course you can use boneless, skin on, chicken thighs, chicken legs, wings, a whole chicken…)

1-2 tbsp Safflower oil (I use President’s Choice Organic…any neutral flavoured oil will do)

1/4 cup Twisted Gourmet Southern Gentleman Spice Blend


Method 1: High tech… seriously (not!)

Preheat oven to 375

Add oil to roasting pan, casserole dish, whatever you plan to use for the chicken.

Sprinkle Southern Gentleman Spice Rub over the oil in the pan.

Mush chicken around in the oil/spice mixture ’til coated.

Turn breast side up and place in oven for 30-35 minutes or until juices run clear when poked.

Remove from oven, cover with foil for a few minutes to rest.


You can get fancy and toss in a few wedged onions or carrots if you wish.


Method 2: You can also sear the chicken first on the stovetop if you wish  (this is a good method with skin ON breasts)

Heat the pan, add 1 tbsp oil to pan

Add 1-2 tbsp oil and the Twisted Gourmet Southern Gentleman spice mixture to a bowl, mush the chicken in the bowl ’til covered.

*Add chicken to pan, allowing room to turn pieces.

Sear, breast side down. let sizzle for several minutes without turning; get a nice crust on the chicken then turn it once you can easily slice a flipper under the meat.

Cover & toss it in the oven to finish for 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear.

southern gentleman roast chicken You can also use your favourite Roasted Chicken recipe with this delicious spice blend… rub it all over, and inside the cavity then roast as you ordinarily would. Perfect!

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Sweet Gingerbread Spice Hot Buttered Rum


1 tsp butter

1 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Sweet Gingerbread Spice Sugar

1 oz Appleton’s or other good rum  

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