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These Zesty Zucchini Turkey Meatballs come from the wonderful new children’s cookbook “What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street.” This recipe is easy to make and a great way to involve your kids in the kitchen.
A Review of “What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street”
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When I was asked to review the brand new cookbook “What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street” by author and illustrator Felicita Sala, I immediately said “Yes!”
My older daughter LOVES cookbook, especially ones with recipes from around the world. I knew she would enjoy it.
However, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it as well.
This book is absolutely beautifully illustrated and takes the reader/chef on a journey through an apartment building at 10 Garden Street. The building is made up of folks from all over the world who all share their recipes with each other.
It seems more like a picture book than cookbook as readers are treated to a wonderful pictoral tour of everyone’s home as they prepare their special dish that’s unique to their background.
Most of the text is reserved for the recipes, but like picture books, you can use your imagination and create a story for all of the characters.
It immediately reminded me of immigrant story books my mom would read to me when I was little, such as The Carp in the Bathtub and All of a Kind Family, as well as her own personal stories of growing up in immigrant neighborhoods with neighbors from all over, where everyone shared their cultures and recipes.
The recipes in “What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street” hail from all over the world, but it doesn’t really say where each one is from.
At first, I was disappointed that the country or region wasn’t identified. However, on the other hand, it almost seems more organic that it’s not stated.
It reminds us that it doesn’t matter where the recipes or people come from, it just matters that everyone brings something special to the table. Literally.
And that’s a great lesson for kids and adults to remember.
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How to Make Zesty Zucchini Turkey Meatballs
My daughter was super excited to try everything in this book but we decided to try the turkey meatballs first. It was a great recipe to start with; my daughter thought forming the balls was fun just like the kids in the cookbook.
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We followed the recipe directly from the book with the one exception of the cumin. It calls for ½ tsp and we used ¼ tsp. I also think this recipe would be great prepared with chickpeas instead of turkey. It’s so fresh and flavorful that I think the chickpeas would be a great vegetarian option.
- 1 lb Ground Turkey
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 2 Zucchini, Grated
- 1 Egg
- ½ cup Bread Crumbs
- 1 Cups Crumbled Feta Cheese
- 1 Lemon (to make lemon zest)
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼-1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
- Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Saute the grated zucchini with olive oil and a pinch of salt until soft.
- Soften the bread crumbs with milk or water and squeeze out the excess liquid. (We soaked them in a bowl for a few minutes like we were going to make French Toast.)
- Mince the garlic and finely chop the parsley. (We used our favorite minced garlic cubes found in the Freezer section of Trader Joes. You can also use minced garlic found in jar form in your grocer’s produce section.)
- Place the ground turkey in a large bowl and add the zucchini, bread crumbs garlic , parsley, cumin, salt, egg, feta, and the zest of 1 lemon.
- Mix well with your hands.
- Next, make spoon-sized balls.
- Heat a large pan and fry the meatballs with some olive oil until golden brown (about 5 minutes).
- Place in a roasting pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 6-7 minutes until cooked.
- Serve with a little lemon juice and parsley.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 763mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g
This is just a nutritional estimate.
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More about “What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street”
From Prestel Publishing
This delightfully illustrated children’s cookbook offers a global menu of dishes to share with friends, family, and neighbors.
Something delicious is cooking in the old apartment building on Garden Street! Pilar is mixing gazpacho, Monsieur Ping is stir-frying broccoli, Señora Flores is preparing a pot of beans, and Josef and Rafik are rolling meatballs. Other neighbors are making mini-quiches, baba ganoush, dhal, and peanut butter cookies. When they’re all finished cooking everyone gathers in the garden to enjoy a delicious meal and each other’s company. Each inviting spread in this storybook offers a recipe from a different culinary tradition. Dishes that kids love, like guacamole, spaghetti, and banana bread are interspersed with others that include less familiar ingredients, such as mirin, tahini, and turmeric. The recipes explain how each dish is made and come with fun and detailed illustrations. Combining simple, fresh flavors with recipes from around the world, this book will nourish and inspire budding cooks while whetting the appetites of their more experienced helpers.
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HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!