Meatballs Recipe and Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party

Hey guys! How was your weekend?

We took it easy this past weekend and didn’t really do much except for the usual work around the house and weekend errands like grocery shopping and all that jazz :)

So I was thinking about what recipe to share with you today for the Tasty Tuesday, and here’s what I came up with. When I moved to the US three years ago I was a little overwhelmed by how much the food was different from what I was used to growing up. So, thinking of this week’s Tasty Tuesday reminded me of one of the things that were different here in the US – meatballs.

Ok, think of how people serve meatballs in the US? Correct! Over spaghetti :) And that’s about the only serving option, unless you’re at IKEA and ordering Swedish meatballs, but that’s a whole different territory :)

Wanna know how people eat meatballs in Russia? Read on! :)

In fact, there will be two variations of the meatballs recipe in this post – one is my variation on the American version (over spaghetti), and the other variation will be the Russian style meatballs.


Russian Style Meatballs Recipe

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Giveaway: 3 (THREE) Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitors


Hey guys! Happy Friday! I have a surprise for you today. It’s giveaway time If you remember, I’m an Ambassador for Polar. Seriously, that is the most pleasant job I’ve ever done in my life. Promote the company and products I truly love and believe in? Yes, please! I love every minute of it. I’ve been using Polar […]

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Profile and Playlist #9 for Indoor Cycling: Muscle Magic

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Hey guys! Time to share my latest profile and playlist with you. This week’s indoor cycling / Spinning® class profile and playlist is called “Muscle Magic”. It’s designed to build muscle endurance and strength – all by climbing those 4 hills I included into this 45 minute class. I taught this one this past Sunday, […]

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Pork Stew Recipe (Crockpot)

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Hey guys! Is your week off to a good start? I hope it is Today is Tuesday, and it means what? Yep, that’s right! It means you’re getting a new recipe for your recipe box from me, AND get to link up your food related posts on this blog post for everyone to read, like, […]

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Ladders Cycling Class Profile and Playlist #8

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Hey my dear cyclists (both out- and indoor)! Here’s your weekly playlist (for those who do their own thing outside/inside) and class profile (if you’re an instructor looking for ideas for your next indoor cycling class). This week I decided to make a playlist for my class from scratch – no slacking by combining songs […]

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Italian Wedding Soup Recipe and Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party #40

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Hey guys! Happy Tasty Tuesday It’s that day of the week I look forward to the most on this blog – the day when you come here to share your recipes and link up your food related posts. Love Tuesdays! So. Since it that time of year, I’m sharing another soup recipe with you today […]

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Climbing it: King of the Mountains (Cycling Class Profile)

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Hey-hey, my indoor cycling people! How about we talk climbing today? I have to admit: cold weather and time change have a good side to them: because of cold weather my classes have been filling up, and the time change turned my Monday evening class into “ride in the dark” adventure Well, not completely in […]

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Crockpot Chili Recipe and Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party #39

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Hey guys! Happy Tasty Tuesday It’s Linkup Party time on Lean Lena. I feel like it’s getting colder by the minute outside! This time of year I am craving soups. You? Soup is just about the easiest thing you can cook, in my opinion. Anybody can make soup. With the invention of crockpots that easy […]

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TRX ® Instructor Training Recap


Hey guys! Happy Halloween Friday! We had fun handing out candy last night Scared a lot of kids with my green face So, you might remember me mentioning my new fitness adventure a while ago Getting certified as a TRX ® instructor that is! Yep, that happened last weekend

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5 Strategies to Promote a New Cycling Class

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I was recently asked for advice by one of my Twitter friends – how to get more people to come to their new Indoor Cycling/Spinning® class they just took over. It got me thinking… What would I do to promote my new class? What HAVE I done to promote my classes? You guys know that […]

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe and Tasty Tuesday Linkup

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Hey-hey, my foodies! How is your week going? It’s that time again on Lean Lena! Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party:)

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Polar Ambassador and 4 Random Things – Five on Friday


Hey-hey, guys! It’s Friday finally! So it’s been a while since I shared anything about the things I like, what’s going on with my life these days, and all that – you know, fun stuff Looking at my blog’s front page lately I realized that all I’ve been posting about was Tasty Tuesdays and Cycling […]

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Cycling Class Profile and Gift Card Giveaway

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Hey-hey, my fitness gang! How is that week going? Here is the weekly Indoor Cycling Class Profile and Playlist for ya! I hope you’re riding outside today and come back here later to check this post out and let me know what you think. So I keep experimenting with the format of these posts, and […]

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Kitchen Remodeling Progress and Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party #37

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Good morning, my Tasty Tuesday Partiers! How have you been here without me? It’s finally Tasty Tuesday and I’m back with my new tasty post and a linkup at the bottom of it for you!

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Skechers Motivation to Walk – Who Do You Walk For?


I don’t talk about my personal life on this blog a lot… But this occasion/opportunity really moved me to share a story with you today that’s personal. It’s the most difficult post I’ve ever had to write, too… Meet my grandma. Her name is Valentina and she’s my maternal grandmother’s sister actually. I grew up […]

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Class Profile and Playlist #6 – Enjoy the Silence

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Hey, my fellow Indoor Cycling/Spinning® Instructors, fitness enthusiasts and just my regular readers It’s time for the weekly Indoor Cycling / Spinning® Class Profile and Playlist. As you guys know, since beginning of October I have my own class on the schedule every Sunday, and that feels AWESOME! So, for my first Sunday I thought I’d […]

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A Week in Workouts and Exciting Fitness News


Hey-hey! Happy Hump Day, folks It’s all downhill from here! I’ve had a couple of really busy weeks here…I don’t know why, but I just can’t seem to catch up with everything ever since we came back from CA – so much going on! So it’s been a while since I told you about my […]

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Quinoa Stuffed Squash – Tasty Tuesday Recipe Feature and Linkup

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Hey-hey! How was your weekend, guys? We were working on our kitchen this weekend. We have finally painted the walls! Now to put in the ceiling Slow but sure we’re making some progress with our kitchen. Because my kitchen (and pretty much the whole house because of the kitchen project) is a mess, I didn’t […]

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ICI/PRO 28 Day Instructor Challenge Week 1 Recap

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Hey-hey, everyone! Happy Hump Day! Today’s post is about ICI/PRO 28 Day Instructor Challenge Week 1 Recap, since the week 1 ended this past Sunday. If you missed the beginning, read this post to find out what the challenge is all about. You can also listen to a special edition of the ICI/PRO Podcast below […]

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