One of the tastiest treats you can get out at the pub is buffalo wings—spicy, savory, and finger-lickin’ good! But making wings at home can seem like a daunting task. Instead of trying to manage a deep fryer, why not try turning those wings into easy oven-baked meatballs? Serve them up with a side of cauliflower rice for a satisfying dinner, or put out a tray at your next party and watch them disappear!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)"> Feel the Burn</p></h4>
Why do we love the burn of spicy foods? The heat from chilis, like cayenne, comes from the spicy compound capsaicin. When ingested it releases a wave of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s linked to a sense of happiness and well-being. But cayenne is good for more than just a rush! It can also turbocharge your diet. Studies show that cayenne can boost your metabolism. It aids in weight loss by making your body produce more heat—a process called diet-induced thermogenesis. Plus, capsaicin controls the hunger hormone ghrelin, helping you feel less hungry and eat less overall.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">An Onion a Day Keeps the Doctor Away</p></h4>
A little milder than regular bulb onions, green onions are full of flavor from the white root to the green tip! Sliced thinly, they’re a great garnish for all kinds of foods. But did you know that they’re also packed with health benefits? They’re loaded with sulfur, the compound that makes onions sting your eyes when you’re chopping them. And because they’re often consumed raw, that potent sulfur isn’t broken down in the cooking process. This is great news for cancer prevention. Sulfur—particularly the kind found in green onions—may interfere with tumor development! Even when cooked, green onions are great for you. They’re rich in Vitamin K, an essential nutrient for blood clotting and cartilage health. One cup of green onions provides nearly all your RDA of Vitamin K, so get chopping!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Baked Buffalo Meatballs</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time: 15 mins | Cooking Time: 20 mins | Serves: 4</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
* 4 green onions, chopped
* ¼ cup hot sauce
* 1 egg
* 2 tablespoons garlic and herb cream cheese
* ¼ cup ground flax meal
* ½ teaspoon salt
* ½ teaspoon garlic powder
* ½ teaspoon onion powder
* ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
* ¼ cup buffalo sauce (sugar free)
* 3 tablespoons butter
* ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
* 1 green onion, chopped
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. Preheat oven to 400⁰F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or foil (if using foil, spray with cooking spray).
2. In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken, green onions, hot sauce, egg, cream cheese, flax meal, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
3. Form the mixture into meatballs, using approximately one heaping tablespoon per meatball.
4. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Flip the meatballs halfway through to ensure they brown all over.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter. Stir in the buffalo sauce.
6. Add the cooked meatballs to the skillet and stir to coat.
7. Sprinkle with blue cheese and green onion and serve.