spaghetti with low fat turkey meatballs

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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.

Pasta:

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.

Sauce:

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 egg

1/2 dried Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

olive oil (for browning meatballs, not for mixture)

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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 🙂

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Bon Appetit

*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.*

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