The Savory And The Sweet

by HEAB on December 2, 2010

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Hello from HEAB and HEABlet. :)

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Have you tried the Hawaiian Baked Sweet Potatoes yet?

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Finished mine off for breakfast. Great way to start the day!

And last night, I made a great meal to end the day…

Sweet Potato Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 pound grass fed finished beef

1 small baked sweet potato, sliced

1/2 small yellow onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp thyme

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350℉. Pulse sweet potato, onion, celery, and garlic in food processor.

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Add remaining ingredients and process until well combined. Roll into meatballs, and bake in a greased baking dish for 55 minutes.

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Eat atop mustard stir-fry veggies and enjoy every bite!

Dessert was Jammin’…

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The very thoughtful Mimi sent me some Jammies Jams, and they are nothing short of amazing. The Shanghai Blackberries contains organic wild blackberries, cane sugar, organic Meyer lemon juice, organic anise, organic cinnamon, and organic cloves, and here is the description for the Chocolate Pear from the Jammies website: Sweet Anjou pears are laced with Godiva Dark Chocolate in this special jam which harkens the onset of spring. Chunks of pear are floating in a Tahitian Vanilla scented syrup before cuddling in the jar with shaved 70% dark chocolate. Elegance in a jar. Jealous? ;) I ate both atop some oat bran with crunchy peanut butter.

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The Shanghai Blackberries contains a wonderful combination of flavors. It isn’t overly sweet, and I love the spices, especially the cloves. As far as the Chocolate Pear goes, no words my friends, no words. Just re-read the description above and try not to drool. Thanks so much Mimi – I can’t wait to experiment more with my jams!

I’m on a bit of a jam kick these days, and I’m curious, what is your favorite jam or jelly?

{ 95 comments }

Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 3, 2010 at 9:10 am

What a cute little baby picture! And of course I love her onsie! Those meatballs look interesting. Do you think they are worth making? I am curious to try making them!

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 9:21 am

Kjirsten,
Yep, definitely worth making. CD and I thoroughly enjoyed the recipe. Hope you do as well if you try it. :)

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood December 3, 2010 at 9:20 am

I would love to try those meatballs one day in the kitchen, hehe. And awww, Summer is so adorable, as well as her outfit of course. You weren’t kidding when you said she would have enough clothes for a year (or more) ;)

As far as my favorite jam goes, I think my favorite is probably strawberry. Don’t really know about the brand, but I’m partial to all or any that uses very few ingredients to make it. I’ve been on a peanut butter kick these days too! I just bought the Heat Is On Peanut Butter the other day and omigod… Phew, all my other peanut butters better watch out ;)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 9:22 am

Sylvia,
I think that is the one and only PB & Co. flavor I haven’t tried. I’ll have to pick some up for myself soon. I bet it would be really good in savory dishes.

Ana December 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

Love Summer’s picture, too cute!!
I am not a fan of jams and jellies… although I would like to try that pear chocolate one, the description does make me drool! I like the idea of your meatballs with sweet potatoes.
Ana

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 3, 2010 at 9:31 am

Summer is so cute! You are killing me with all of the sweet potato posts…I need more time in the kitchen! Have a great weekend Heather!

Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo December 3, 2010 at 9:31 am

What a sweet picture! The pear chocolate jam is really intriguing…I never would have thought of those flavors as a jam! I recently had a really delicious blood orange jam that had pieces of the rind in it; wonderfully delicious! I think my favorite jam is either plain old raspberry or apricot!

Monica December 3, 2010 at 9:33 am

Perfect, I have been looking for something new to do with sweet potatoes! These will make a great addition to my weekend menu. :)

Loving the pictures of Summer, so cute!

S @ extremebalance.net/blog December 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

She always looks so zen (along with the obviously adorable)! Is she?

Fabulous-looking meatballs—does it change the texture a lot to have the sweet potato in there?

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm

S,
Yes, Summer is quite zen-like. Since she’s our first baby, I really don’t have anything to compare her to, but she’s pretty easy. She only cries when she’s hungry or needs a diaper change, and she calms down very quickly. My mom keeps telling me she’s such a good baby, and since she had 3 kids, I’ll take her word for it. :)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

P.S. The sweet potato made the meatballs more moist…sorry, hate that word, but it’s quite appropriate when describing these balls. ;)

Katy (The Singing Runner) December 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

What a cutie pie! She is adorable!

Meghan Telpner December 3, 2010 at 10:03 am

What a cutie your little one is! It doesn’t get much better than a really good jar of jam. Check out my recipe…it’s so delish if I may ever so humbly say so :) http://meghantelpnerblog.com/2010/07/16/raspberry-jam-homemade-sugar-free-healthy-jam/

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

HEABLET! my does that onesie suit you so well ;) fav jam= homemade raspberry jam! barely sweetened, thick, and tart! runner up would be strawberry jelly – love the reduced sugar one from TJ’s.

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Felicia,
Love the TJ’s reduced sugar preserves – strawberry is my fav!

Hanna M. December 3, 2010 at 10:13 am

Bilberry jam! (Bilberries are wild blueberries).
I think I can see that cute little HEABlet has grown the last few pictures?

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Hanna M,
Yes, Summer is 4 weeks old today. I can’t believe it!

Junia December 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

i love apple butter!

and your heablet is absolutely precious! :*)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Thanks Junia. :)

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast December 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

Oh my goodness Summer looks adorable! I just want to pick her up and cuddle! The Shanghai Blackberries Jam sounds amazing! I may have to work on a sugar free version. I love cloves and anise!

Beth December 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

OMG, Summer is so CUTE! You’re giving me serious baby envy and my youngest is almost 13. I’m too old for this! :D

I’m loving the blog extra hard this week. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. I’m making those meatballs this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Beth,
You’re welcome. Enjoy. :)

Heather December 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

Summer is so adorable! Love her onesie as well :)

I’m always on a peanut butter kick.. my current favorite is PB & Co. cinnamon raisin swirl! So good! I also love apple butter, good ol’ fashioned grape jelly, and orange marmalade.

The meatballs look delicious! I will definitely be trying them soon!

brandi December 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

she is just too cute :)

i need to make those sweet potatoes!

melissa @ the delicate place December 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

yum ‘sweet-balls’ haha i love blackberries and i am so longing for berries to be in season again :( frozen just doesn’t come close!

Christin@purplebirdblog December 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

Awesome meatballs! I made some with butternut squash (a la Polly)… the recipe that kicked off the blog actually! :) And I am super jealous of your awesome sounding jam! I love blueberry jelly, and peach!

Kate @ Walking in the Rain December 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

Jam all the way.

Although I was spoiled growing up. My Grandma would pick her own berries (blueberries, raspberries, huckleberries, high and low bush cranberries) and make her own jams and jellies. Now I tend to prefer the really high end jams because its the closest I can find to Grandma’s! (My husband isn’t as picky.)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Kate,
Cranberry jam – never had that. I bet your grandma’s was delicious!

Alina @ Duty Free Foodie December 3, 2010 at 10:48 am

I am a huge fan of strawberry jam. I know it’s very popular and obvious, but I love it!

Sagan December 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

Meatballs sound awesome! I’ve never tried adding goat cheese and sweet potato to mine before – mmmm.

I love homemade raspberry jam the best.

Jen December 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

Anything with strawberry. Also apple butter-jam.

I hope your piling on the mustard! I guessed that giant tub end-date by the end of January! :)

Healthy Choc December 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

Aww Summer is sooo adorable!!!! Those jams look absolutely delish!!

Little Bookworm December 3, 2010 at 10:58 am

Never been a big fan of jam – though that pear and chocolate one sounds amazing! :)

Pure2raw Twins December 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

Love the heablet shirt ;) Too cute!!!

Sweet potato meatballs – yum!!!

Natalia - a side of simple December 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

Cutest. Onesie. Ever. Plus, I’m in love with her hair!

Moni'sMeals December 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

Heather,
I just wanted to say HOW CUTE HEABlet is! OH MY!

:)

Katie December 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

Everytime I see you post about meatballs, I am like must. make. meatballs. And then I forget about it until the next time you post. Unfortuneatly I just set my crockpot to low with my Cajun Pumkin chilli for tonight. So, its going to happen again.

Can I request that you post these every day until I get my butt in gear? ;)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Katie,
If it was up to CD, we would eat meatballs every night. I’ll do my best…although I could go for some of that Cajun Pumpkin chili right about now. Sounds heavenly. :)

Jess@atasteofconfidence December 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

Summer is so adorable.
I’m a strawberry jelly/jam fan!

Allison December 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Fig – I like that it’s chunky!

Such a sweet baby. Hope the nursing is going okay.

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Allison,
Nursing is going. I’m still not producing enough milk, but trying everything to make it happen. :)

Krystina (Basil & Wine) December 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Chocolate pear?! Be still, my heart.

My favorite is either blueberry or fig jam!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Love the onsie Summer is wearing! That is too cute!

My favorite jam has to be strawberry or blackberry – WITH the seeds!

Faith @ She Kneads December 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Oh my goodness! Chocolate Pear Jam! Are you kidding me???!!!

Those meatballs sound fabulous too….

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Faith,
Completely serious. That stuff is amazing.

Faith @ She Kneads December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

p.s. boysenberry jam is my fav :)

lindsay December 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I never tried Hawaiian sweet potatoes. Not even when we lived in hawaii. It was always rice, rice, and rice. I gotta tag this recipe.
I am an apricot jam lover all the way.
LC

P.S.
Summer is getting bigger each day, so cute. Hoping the nursing is going well.

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Lindsay,
I know. She’s 4 weeks old as of today! Nursing is going…still working on it. Thanks. :)

Clare @ Fitting It All In December 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Looks adorable in her Heablet onesie–from Meghann?

And my favorite jam as of late is a raspberry from a local market here called Straubs!

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Clare,
Yep, a gift from Meghann. Summer loves it. :)

Corey @ the runner's cookie December 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Summer looks like she’s grown so much already!!
My favorite is Crofter’s Apricot, or Wild Blueberry. Lately I’ve been putting a blob of jam on everything I put nut butter on.

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Corey,
She has – she’s 4 weeks old today. I can’t believe it!

natalie (the sweets life) December 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm

ahhh summer is too adorable! keep the pictures coming :)

Mama Pea December 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Helllooo, HEAB and HEABlet! :)

Megan (BraiseTheRoof) December 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Those meatballs look fantastic- potatoes AND meatballs? Sounds like my kind of meal! We all know how I feel about food in ball form. :) (ie, it’s always a good idea.)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Megan,
Big fan of balls myself. :)

polly December 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

sweetest sweet potato of all. (the picture at the top of this post) :)
XOXOXOXO

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} December 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Where do you get your grass-fed beef? Do you have a local farm that you get it from or do you find it in the store? I have trouble finding it in stores around here; I probably need to look into a local farm. I don’t eat all that much of it, but the husband loves his beef!

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Maryea,
Yes, we buy our ground beef in bulk from this local farm: We buy 50 pounds at a time, and for $10 they deliver it to our house. It’s some of the best beef I’ve ever eaten. We love it!

kathleen December 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I’ve been all about the apricot jam lately.

TS December 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm

That beef/potato/cheese dish would be great with the addition of avocado and hummus. Perfect.
You can mash potatoes with any kind of meat (beef or fish) along with butter. Then fry them in a frying pan. You can make “beef cakes” or “fish cakes”. I’ve made them in bigger forms than a meatball.

Summer looks like your husband in that photo to me.

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm

TS,
Beef + Butter. Those beefcakes have my name written all over them! CD’s as well. :)

Laura December 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Is it the sweet potato that makes these stick together? Is it possible to make meatballs/patties etc without an egg, breadcrumbs or mashed potato? If you just smoosh ground meat together with flavourings, will it stay together?

Is it obvious that I only just started eating meat again after five years? :)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Laura,
Yes, the meatballs stuck together beautifully, and I’m thinking it was probably the sweet potato. I haven’t had much luck with them sticking together without an egg, but I bet from flax seed gel would work just as well. You could also try grinding up some walnuts to make walnut meal – that might work…or almond flour.

Courtney December 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I am all about the fig jam right now. It’s expensive but sooo yummy, and I love that the seeds add a tiny bit of crunch. Spread that with some almond butter on ezekiel toast and I am one happy gal.

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I love how you still call Summer the HEABlet! Haha! :-)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I grew up in a house where my mom and grandma canned everything. And made jam and jelly. Everything from rhubarb jam to peach and apple jelly to canned apricots…pretty much there isnt a jam or canned fruit/fruit preserve I dont enjoy :) Fruit + sugar is always a winner for me…lol

These jams look awesome! And you are the sweet tater recipe queen!

And little Summer…awhhhh, soooo cute! And she’s growing!!! Give her a big kiss for me!

:)

Ellen @ fatgirlwearingthin December 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

My favorite jam? Um, I’ve never had it or heard of it but obviously the Chocolate Pear! The description just made me drool outside of my mouth a little bit.

jodye @ 'scend food December 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Chocolate pear jam sounds completely amazing. I am going to have to try to make my own or get my hands on a jar of the Jammies! My favorite jam has always been a tie between fig and raspberry, but I think chocolate pear will easily take both of their places.

Heather December 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Girl, you cease to amaze me! Sweet potato meatballs?! My list of recipes to try is getting HUGE!

I absolutely love fig preserves! Last time I went to the Farmer’s Market, I bought a jar of FROG preserves (Fig, Raspberry, Orange, and Ginger). I haven’t opened it yet since I have 3 jars open in the fridge now, but I can’t wait to try it!

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Heather,
FROG preserves? Yum, I must find some of that!

Nicole December 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

That picture of Summer is ADORABLE! (well, they all are)
Jam? Hmmmmm it’s been a long time since I’ve had jam….I guess I’d say I’m boring since my favorite kind is raspberry. But then again, I’ve never tried any of these fabulous flavors above. This must change soon.

Happy Friday!!

J.Flo December 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I haven’t made them yet, but can’t wait!!! I made your Sweet Potato Cottage Pie last night and it was SO Delicious!!!! I added some peppers and sprinkled some crumbled goat cheese on top! Plan to make many more times :)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm

J.Flo,
So happy to hear you enjoyed the cottage pie. I’m so adding goat cheese to the top the next time I make it as I loved it in the meatballs. Added great flavor.

Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I love seeing photos of Summer! Thanks for posting another one- I was going through withdrawals :)
I’m still working my way through my sweet potato curry from earlier this week! SPW is passing me by and I’ve only made one dish!

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Melissa, If it makes you feel any better, I still have several more SP recipes to try, and so we could always extend SPW. :)

BroccoliHut December 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Chocolate pear? Sign me up!
My favorite jam these days is apricot.

Amy December 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Ooo yum! Definitely putting those meatballs on my list for the week!!! I LOVE sweet potato (almost as much as I do butternut pumpkin……but not quite :P )

Summer is just gorgeous. I love her Heablet outfit. Too cute!

Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly December 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm

In that photo, I think Summer looks like an exact smush of you and your hubby! :-)

HEAB December 3, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Kristen.
“Smush” Love it. :)

Meagan December 4, 2010 at 1:24 am

HAHA- seems to me like you are having your pregnancy cravings POST pregnancy!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 4:01 am

Meagan,
I know! My cravings and appetite are still out of control. I’m guessing it’s all the nursing. :)

Kate December 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

Summer is so adorable!! She is totally a mix between you and CD:) My appetite is crazy when I’m nursing….eat up and enjoy:)

Colleen Stewart December 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

a little off subject :) but I just had to thank you for showing me that eating lots of healthy fats really does help you to lose weight. It really worked for me. Also I’ve been dying to try your coconut butter recipe. I found Bob’s Red Mill finely shredded unsweetened coconut and took a chance on burning out my blender :) The blender made it and OH MY GOSH!! This stuff is amazing! I had it in oatmeal yesterday and I just had it on pumpkin pancakes. Thanks again for your inspiration!!!
PS Summer is adorable!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 11:09 am

Colleen,
You’re so welcome and just so you know, “eating lots of healthy fats” is never off subject here at HEAB. :) I’m so you’re doing well and feeling good. Enjoy your coconut butter – reminds me I have some in the cabinet that needs to be eaten. Love that stuff!

Marie-Sophie December 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Always looking forward to seeing Summer photos :-) !!!

Mimi (Gingersnaps) December 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Aww, Summer is so cute! And I’m so glad you liked the jams! Hehe, being a mom’s hard work–random blobs of chocolate or blackberry sweetness are a good thing!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Thanks again Mimi! Poured the chocolate pear over my oatmeal this morning. It was heavenly. :)

Lee @ College Foodie Finds December 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

That is THE cutest onesie I’ve ever seen! Summer is beautiful.

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 2:28 am

Thanks Lee. :)

michelle December 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I make a huge batch of habanero jelly every fall and then give away little jars to friends for Christmas. I make mine suicide hot but a little on top of goat cheese with a rye crisp is a taste explosion.

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Michelle,
That sounds amazing. I’m loving on some pepper jellies lately. Never had them until recently. So yummy. :)

Halley (Blunder Construction) December 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

I can’t wait to see Summer fill out the onesie, a full-grown HEABlet! :) I have been enjoying cranberry jelly on everything, ’tis the season.

Amy January 13, 2011 at 3:02 am

I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I made these for our dinner tonight (I changed them ever so slightly, used celery salt instead of celery because I didn’t want to buy a whole bunch we wouldn’t eat, left out the goats cheese, added an egg and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and left out the tomato sauce-lol, sorry maybe more than a little bit). I just had to tell you though that they are sensational! My kids polished off a HUGE 6 each!!! They were beautifully tender in the middle and had just a tiny hint of sweetness to them thanks to the sweet potato (plus, bonus points for getting veggies into my kids without them complaining ;) ).

So thank you for a wonderful recipe! It’s definitely going in the favourites folder to be made again and again!

HEAB January 13, 2011 at 7:24 am

Amy,
So glad the whole family enjoyed the meatballs…and that the kiddos got in some veggies. Thanks for letting me know. :)

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