I went home to my parents house this weekend and decided to cook for my family. I wanted to show them my new cooking capabilities and impress them with a delicious meal! I opted for a dish that would be fairly easy however serve a lot of hungry stomaches (8 people to be exact) and still maintain nutritional value. My sister suggested spaghetti and meatballs, but since I do not eat red meat I decided to switch up the recipe and add turkey meatballs instead of beef. It wasn’t too bad, and everyone seemed pleased by the dinner, considering there wasn’t any leftovers!
What the recipe calls for:
1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey
1 slice wholewheat bread, made into crumbs
1/4 cup fat freemilk
1 egg white
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp dried oregano
ground black pepper
2 tsp olive oil
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
* This recipe only serves 4, so I doubled most of the ingredients to serve all 8 family members.
Place ground turkey in a bowl with bread crumbs, milk, egg white, cheese, oregano and pepper. Combine thoroughly. Without handling the meat too roughly, shape the mixture into 12 evenly sized meatballs. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add meatballs and cook over a medium heat until meat is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Add tomatoes; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cook spaghetti according to instructions on package. While the spaghetti is cooking, uncover the skillet with the meatballs and tomatoes, and continue to simmer until the pot of spaghetti is ready.
Calories: 259 • Fat: 5.7 g • Protein: 15 g • Carb: 33 g • Protein: 18 g
Steals & Deals:
I was fortunate to be using my parent’s kitchen so the only ingredients that I had to go out and buy were the turkey meat, crushed tomatoes and spaghetti noodles. I found Jennie-O brand 99% fat free ground turkey meat at a Super Walmart for only $2.00 per lb. The 28 once can of crushed tomatoes was only $3.25 and the thin spaghetti noodles were also on sale for $3.75 a box! This was a great inexpensive meal that only cost me about $11.00!