Quick slow cooker turkey meatballs + playlist highlights

An easy, healthy crockpot dinner option using ground turkey, seasonings and oatmeal! These turkey meatballs are awesome on their own, with pasta, on a sub, or atop some greens/veggies.

Hi friends! How are you? Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. Sorry for disappearing on ya yesterday. I officially have a bit of the funk (I feel ok, but I’m coughing a ton and have a frog voice), so I spent the day taking care of sick Liv while chasing P around the house to keep her from injuring herself (#momlife). P is officially a full-up walker!! She’ll look back at us, the start quickly toddling away, shrieking with laughter. It’s amazing.  

We did get some good downtime, too. Since I took the day off blogging and let my inbox pretty much explode, I laid in bed during P’s naptime reading a book while Liv watched a movie next to me on the iPad. She only gets the iPad during travel or road trips, but when she’s sick, technology intake goes up so that she’ll actually rest. You do what you gotta do.

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I taught barre Tuesday night with a frog voice, hung out at home with the girls yesterday, and then taught Spin with a frog voice. When I came home, dinner was waiting, and it was surprisingly amazing.

I was realllyyyyy tempted to Postmates some pho for dinner. But, I saw the ground turkey in the fridge and knew it needed to be used before it went bad. I figured I should make something quick at home since we had plenty of ingredients. I threw some seasonings, chopped onion, garlic, said turkey and some oatmeal into a bowl, browned it in ball form on the stovetop, and thew it in the crockpot with some sauce. Boom. Dinner.


Here’s the quick and dirty recipe if you’d like to give it a try!!

Slow cooker turkey meatballs


Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs




  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Lots of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal


  • 1 jar of your favorite sauce
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • Handful of basil, torn


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, using your hands to mix thoroughly.
  2. Use a melon ball scooper to form meatball shapes with the mix.
  3. Brown on the stovetop on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add to slow cooker, along with jarred sauce and other half of onion.
  5. Top with handful of basil.
  6. Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.


  • I’m really into the Trader Joe’s marinara sauce in a can. It’s not overly seasoned and the tomatoes taste excellent. it tastes more authentic than all of the jarred versions I’ve tried.


w/ Greek salad:

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For today, I wanted to share some of my latest favorite workout songs for fall. I feel like I have so many good ones on the playlist right now, and I’m always looking for new songs to pump me up, so I hope you enjoy them!! The Pilot got me an early bday gift: the same thing I got him a couple of weeks ago. I’m so pumped to use these in my own workouts and actually listen to music/podcasts again. My last pair of Bose headphones officially bit the dust after years of use, and these new wireless ones are amaaaaazing.

Here are some playlist highlights if you’re looking to spice up your music:

November 2016 workout playlist ideas

“River” – Bishop Briggs 

Perfect for: heavy climbing on the spin bike, or hills on the treadmill


“Planetary GO!”- My Chemical Romance

Perfect for: sprints!! Recover during the verses, sprint during the chorus


“Starving (ft. Zedd)” Hailee Steinfield & Grey

Perfect for: moderate resistance/incline. For fun: keep the moderate resistance/incline and push your pace during the funky instrumental breaks


“Diablo Rojo” Rodrigo y Gabriela

Perfect for: building tempo work. Start at a steady quick pace, and increase your speed. Hold for 30 seconds, and increase again. Hold for 30 seconds, and increase again. Recover for about 1 minute, and repeat.



What songs are you loving right now? Any awesome dinner recipes you’ve tried lately?

Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya soon!



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  1. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on November 10, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I love turkey meatballs & make them all the time. Never knew how to make them in the slow cooker, so I’ll definitely give this a try! : )

  2. masala girl on November 10, 2016 at 7:19 am

    oh i remember when you got the Pilot those headphones. maybe i’ll get them for.. thanksgiving?! haha. i’ve been really wanting wireless ones for a while!!

  3. Becky on November 10, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Hi Gina! I’m a long time reader. Sorry to make an unrelated comment but are you still having issues with Feedly? My last post from you is 12 days ago. I even updated the app. As a busy mama it’s the easiest way for me to keep up with you and I’m missing out!! Haha.

    • Elvira on November 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Hi Becky and Gina! I’m also a long time reader, and I can confirm that neither Feedly nor Inoreader (another RSS feed reader) are showing any of your most recent posts.
      Gina, I hope you get better soon!

  4. Lorna on November 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hope everyone is feeling better! The funk hit our house last week, after (shocker) attending another kiddo’s birthday party.

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Some days you just need a day off! I start teaching spin again this weekend. First time since my surgery so these songs are much needed. I’m behind on getting my playlists together. AGHGGH life is always throwing me too many curve balls.

  6. India on November 10, 2016 at 11:03 am

    So sorry you’re ill. Glad you get to be home with the girls!

    I really love when you tell us what you’re listening to. I have such a hard time finding good workout music and it’s so, so key to getting into it at the gym. <3

  7. Laura @FitMamaLove on November 10, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I’m super impressed that you cooked while sick. Pho makes everything better!

  8. adrianna on November 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    late to this post, but i am loving ariana grande’s song ‘side to side’…and i don’t know why! she kinda bugs me, but i’m hooked. unexplainable but hella catchy! oh and ‘this girl’ by kings. GET THIS SONG NOW. its great!

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