Celebrate National Meatball Day healthfully

Celebrate National Meatball Day healthfully

March 8, 2020

Today is National Meatball Day! Most people think that the meatballs came to the United States from Italy, but, in fact, meatballs were created meatballs were created by Italian Americans. Later on these Italian Americans introduced their meatballs to Italy.

Are you a lover of meatballs, but are watching your waistline and avoiding beef? You can always use lean ground beef, but I have two recipes that I particularly love…one calls for ground turkey and the other is vegetarian! Try them out and let us know what you think! Consider these guilt-free meatballs!

Baked Ground Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 375.
  2. Mix all the above ingredients well.
  3. Form into 12-14 medium-sized meatballs.
  4. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
  5. Serve with chickpea pasta and tomato sauce.

Bean Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 2 8 oz. cans cannellini beans
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (works with gluten free all-purpose flour also)
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Rinse beans and then push through a colander.
  2. Whisk together eggs, all purpose, salt, spices, and beans together until there is no clumps.
  3. Heat a sauté pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil on high heat. When pan is hot place a tablespoon of the bean mixture into the pan. Sear on both sides until golden brown.
  4. Serve with whole wheat or quinoa-based spaghetti and tomato sauce.

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