Thursday, August 16, 2012

"heatlhy" oven baked turkey meatballs..

i've mentioned a time or two that my husband comes form a big italian family.. they are from buffalo new york (pete's great great aunt is the one who "invented" buffalo wings at the anchor bar.. i'll tell you about that story some day..) but sometime in the 60's they moved to vegas and when he was growing up his nonna and grandpa lived next door and next door to them was his benina (aunt) and unc (uncle) and their family.. on sunday's they would have big family dinners.. with so much to eat it was amazing.. i loved sunday dinners.. sunday dinners ended over 20 years ago :o( but every now and again i will get a wild hair and want to make a big italian meal.. now a days though we are trying to eat "healthy" the big italian meal has turned into baked turkey meatballs over whole grain pasta.. but you know what, it still taste great.. if you want a more traditional sunday supper here is nonna's recipe  here.. now on to the healthy meatballs..



baked turkey meatballs

prep time: 15
cooking time: 20-30 minutes
servings: approx. 8

ingredients:

2 lbs of ground turkey ( i used 1 lb. ground turkey and 1 lb. turkey italian sausage )
3 egg whites
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup low fat 2% part skim mozzarella
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 tblsp. chopped parsley (i forgot this)
salt and pepper


mix all the ingredients in a bowl, add water to moisten if needed... shape meatballs, i made them about 2 inches around then put them on a lined baking sheet and baked them on 375 (f) around 20-30 minutes .. basically until golden brown.. taste .. then taste again.. he he you can now add them to your favorite sauce.. or make meatball sandwiches.. or meatball panzarotti's (that recipe can be found here..) but whateve you do.. enjoy them!! and do yourself a favor have a big sunday dinner every now and again.. it will make you smile..

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