Steve and I have been trying to be more “health conscious” when it comes to eating. Every week, I try to make at least two recipe’s from this fantastic cook book:
I would highly recommend this cook book, if you are looking to eat healthier and all natural. There is also a magazine (Clean Eating) you can subscribe too, for even more delicious recipe’s and health tips.
My sister (who is currently studying to be a Dietician) introduced me to this cookbook (and the magazines). Check out my sister’s blog on thhealthy ways to get/stay fit.
Here is what we are having for dinner tonight:
Turkey Meatballs with Whole-Wheat Spaghetti, Spinach and Ricotta
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. extra-lean ground turkey
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh oregano or marjoram
1/2 cup whole-grain bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti or pasta of your choice
4 cups baby spinach
3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft, but not browned, 3-5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, place turkey, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, bread crumbs, tomato paste, egg, salt and pepper. Using your hands or a large spoon, gently mix together until combined.
- Using a small ice cream scoop or a table spoon, portion out turkey mixture in golf-ball-sized increments. Use clean hands to roll mixture into 20 meatballs and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving a half-cup of pasta water.
- In a large serving bowl, add spaghetti, spinach, cheese, zest and juice, and a 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Gently toss to combine, allowing heat of pasta to wilt spinach and cooking water to melt ricotta into a creamy sauce. Add more reserved pasta water, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Add meatballs and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
Hands-on Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes
Per serving (5 meatballs, 2 oz. pasta): 477 calories; 44 g protein; 8 g total fat (3 g saturated fat); 63 g carbs; 10 g fibre; 3.5 g sugar; 126 mg cholesterol; 787 mg sodium
I love how each recipe shows the nutritional value. These recipe’s are all relatively quick and easy – perfect for busy Moms.
What are you having for dinner tonight?