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At Sunrise communities, dining is all about fresh, flavorful and nutritious meals. Sunrise culinary professionals meet the unique nutritional needs of seniors, while also creating a variety of delicious and creative offerings.
This year, Sunrise hosted the second annual Senior Eats® Nutritional Challenge at The Fairfax, a Sunrise community in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Five chefs from Sunrise communities across the U.S. and Canada competed in the cook-off competition. Lye Fung Wong, chef at Sunrise of Aurora, ON, was one of the five finalists chosen. She has loved cooking since childhood and acknowledges her parents as her inspiration. Lye also literally dreams about food, which is where the idea for her submission to this cook-off all began!
Her recipe features baked spinach turkey meatballs with marinara sauce. Turkey, specifically skinless turkey, has been shown in recent studies to decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer when 1 to 4 ounces or more is consumed daily. Turkey has also been shown to help keep post-meal insulin levels within an appropriate range, making this lean protein a good choice for diabetics. Turkey is an excellent source of low-fat protein, with a 4-ounce portion of skinless turkey breast providing 30-35 grams of protein with less than 1 gram of fat.
Combine all ingredients. Divide into 18 even portions and shape into balls. Spray a baking tray with pan spray. Arrange meatballs on the tray. Bake at 350˚F for 15 – 20 minutes, until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165˚F for 15 seconds. Combine meatballs and sauce. Serve immediately.