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Turkey Meatballs with Marinara

Written By: Chris - Feb• 04•12

This meal was inspired by Bill’s request… He was hungry for “bigger” meatballs.  My goal was to make a flavorful, but low “point” (Weight Watchers Points Plus) meal since yesterday I over did it a bit and with a cold – just didn’t feel like going to the gym this morning!

I’m including Weight Watchers Points™

I served this dish with a side salad (recipe to follow) and Spanakopita… a favorite side from Costco (2 points per meatball and 2 points per delicious Triangle.  A flaky phyllo sheet treat – layered with a savory spinach and feta cheese filling.)

Ingredients:
I pound of ground Turkey
I large Onion, chopped
1 1/2 Cups red, yellow and orange Peppers, chopped
3 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
1/3 Cup Egg Beaters
1 medium Zucchini, grated
1/3 Cup Fresh Basil, chopped
1 Cup Seasoned, dried Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste
Fresh (frozen) Tomatoes (roughly 2 1/2 Cups)
3 Garlic cloves, pressed
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 Cup Xylitol (sugar substitute)
Remaining 1/3 of Onion, Pepper & Basil mixture
Salt & Pepper to taste

Saute Onions in Oil until transparent. If pan becomes dry, add a little water at a time to continue cooking until soft. Add red, yellow and orange Peppers and cook for about two minutes longer.  Add chopped fresh Basil.

Turn off heat and set aside until somewhat cooled.

To assemble meatballs:
Add 2/3 of the cooked onion and pepper (Basil) mixture to Turkey.  Add 2/3 of the Zucchini, egg beaters and dried Breadcrumbs.  Salt & Pepper.

Form meatballs a bit larger than a golf ball (divide mixture to 15 meatballs)

 

Cook meatballs over medium heat in Oil turning to brown all edges.

To Prepare Marinara Sauce:
(I always throw Tomatoes into a bag in the freezer once they start to become too soft. This is a great way to preserve the Fresh taste of summer Tomatoes all year-long making beautifully fresh-tasting sauces later)

In the food processor, add thawed Tomatoes, a remainder of the Onion & Pepper mixture, Sugar substitute, Worcestershire, Salt & Pepper and Puree until smooth.

Remove meatballs from fry pan and place into 9 X 9 cake pan, which has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Add Tomato Puree to the drippings from the meatballs, add crushed Garlic and stir over low heat cooking Garlic slightly while loosening pan drippings.

Bake covered with Foil 350 Convection oven for 30 minutes.  While meatballs are cooking, prepare Salad and Dressing (recipe to follow)…  Once meatballs are cooked, uncover and sprinkle with Cheese.  Bake uncovered an additional 10-20 minutes and place Spanakopita into an oven on baking stone and bake until it is browned and done.

 

Spoon Meatballs on the plate with some of the additional sauce.

Serve with a side salad and your favorite glass of wine.  We chose a delicious Beringer, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!

ENJOY!

CHEERS!
~Chris

Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 15 Meatballs, 2 points each including sauce.

 

 

 

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