Friday, September 29, 2017

When I talk about “healthifying" your favorite meals, this is what’s up. Now if you know me at all, you know I LOVE TO COOK and my favorite meals all have a noodle in it. :D But if I want to stick to my goals, I need to find a way that doesn’t pack on the calories in my plate. Well Food Network got it right with this Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe made with whole wheat pasta and Turkey meatballs. I am so excited to try this one over the weekend!

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs


• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

• 5 cloves garlic (4 smashed, 1 minced)

• 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, crushed by hand

• 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

• 1 small piece Parmesan rind (optional)

• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

• 3/4 pound 93% lean ground turkey

• 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for topping

• 1 slice stale whole-wheat bread, crust trimmed, bread chopped

• 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

• 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

• 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

• 12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the smashed garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juice, 2 cups water, 1/4 cup basil, the parmesan rind, if using, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until thickened, about 8 minutes. Discard the parmesan rind, if used. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup basil, then mix with the turkey, parsley, bread, ricotta, parmesan, egg white, minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl using your hands.

Makes about 4 Servings

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