with the new year in 2 days (hello 2014!), many of us, myself included, always try to eat healthier, make wiser life choices, etc, so figured i would share my healthier option to your classic meatball. hopefully this year, there’s more eating healthy in my forecast than the first few days.
i love pasta, and you can go either way when it comes to the noodle type you prefer, basic or whole wheat. i buy whatever i feel like while i’m at the store or whatever is the best deal at the time, because personally to me, i don’t think a little white pasta is going to kill anyone.
as far as the spaghetti part, cook as little or much as you want for this recipe. i typically cook the whole box, because we love leftovers in our home. perfect for lunches or dinner for husband when i’m working. boil a pot of water with a little olive oil until pasta is a little past al dente. i dont like any bit of crunchy or super soft noodles when i’m making spaghetti.
To make the spaghetti sauce, I either use the traditional already prepared sauce if I’m in a hurry or I make my own from tomato sauce, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, ground red pepper, salt and pepper.
Low Fat Turkey Meatballs:
1/2 all lean white ground turkey meat
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped (note: i hate onion, so i use onion powder in its place)
1/4 parsley, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 dried Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
olive oil (for browning meatballs, not for mixture)
Beat egg in large bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients (minus olive oil). Mix well with hands ensuring all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Form into 1/2 balls. Heat small amount of olive oil pan (about 1 tsp to keep things low fat) in skillet.
Cook half the meatballs in skillet until all sides are browned completely. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
Once meatballs are cooked, serve. I love meatballs on my pasta so I tend to have three or four for my small serving, but who’s to judge 🙂
*just another little side note, i do alot of store brand shopping, so unless in the ingredient list a particular name of item is used (ie. kraft), chances are its store brand or I have found no real difference between using one brand versus the other.*