My first (food) love will always be Italian. I can probably blame at least 80 of the 100 lbs I gained on this amazing genre.
Little diet tip its impossible to lose weight eating pasta and fatty cheeses every day. So when I began this journey I set out on a mission to create healthy, low carb but also delicious Italian meals…
Turkey Meatballs with sautéed Onions, Green & Red Peppers in a Garlic Marinara Sauce.
1 lb Ground Turkey
2 Pieces whole wheat bread (crust cut off)
3/4 cup milk
Can of Diced Tomatoes
Can of Tomato Sauce
1/2- 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
3/4 shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3 tsp dried Oregano
3 tsp dried Basil
3 tsp dried Parsley
1 tsp dried Thyme
2 tbsp Minced Garlic
1 small onion diced
Salt and Pepper to taste ( you won’t need much salt due to the sodium in the cheese and Sausage)
You can supplement your favorite Spaghetti Sauce for the homemade version if time is an issue. Just make sure it’s not loaded with sugar and salt.
Pre-heat oven to 350°
In a large bowl combine bread and milk and soak till bread has absorbed milk. Stir mixture until smooth. This will add moisture to meatballs…trust me. Remove meat from sausage casings and add to bowl. Also add Turkey meat, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, dried herbs, pepper and garlic. Mix with hands or spoon until all ingredients’ are combined. Form into large golf balls and place an inch apart on ungreased dish. Should yield 15-17 meatballs.
Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes,
In a sauce pan, heat Olive Oil over medium high heat and cook onions till translucent. Add Garlic. Reduce heat to medium and add both cans of tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes. Add 1 tsp of Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Basil, Parsley and Thyme. Simmer on low heat until rest of dinner is complete.
While Sauce is cooking, sauté onions and peppers in garlic and olive oil. Right before serving add a ladle of sauce into pepper mixture.
- Use Turkey Sausage instead of Pork to save on Fat. As you can see below 11g is a bit high but in now way bad and i made this with pork.
- Don’t add salt to meatballs to save on sodium. There should be enough in sausage and cheese. Again you see below that the sodium is really high. Way higher than I normally would like but this just means you need to watch your sodium intake on your other meals..no biggie.
- Serve with Whole Wheat Pasta to add Fiber