There was no turkey or mashed potatoes or any pumpkin on my dining table this year. We are in India at the moment where there are very few i.e. 1 or 2 restaurants in the entire city of millions that host Thanksgiving for the expat population. But there was this amazing gratitude lesson for my 4 year old and a reminder that we all have so much to be thankful for.
When a beggar approaches our car at a traffic signal in India, my 4 year old asks me – “Does he have nothing?”. My response – “yes”. A few moments later she asks again – “he has no home? no food? no family? and some clothes?”. Me – “possibly”. A few moments later she says – “I have a lot! I have a house. I have a mummy, a daddy and a brother. I am lucky”. Me — “yes, you are blessed”. And just like that I was reminded of all the little things I need to be thankful for, that I often take for granted.
You know what else is amazing? These Goat Cheese Spinach Chicken Meatballs! They are absolutely amazing. Did I also mention that you can actually make it without Goat Cheese if you are not a fan of it?
Here’s the recipe: (makes: 25-30 meatballs)
1 lbs minced chicken
1.5 cups frozen chopped spinach
3 small shallots thinly finely sliced
1/2 cup goat cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1.5 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 lime
Oil for frying
Mix all the above ingredients together and roll small balls from the mixture. Heat a pan with oil in it. Fry the balls till they are brown. Serve as a appetizer by itself or use as a meatball in meatball pasta sauce.
Variation – If your kids don’t like to see the “green” leaves, you could puree the spinach and add the puree to the chicken mixture.
Enjoy! Let the Holiday Season begin!