Delicious Dinner #1

Tonight’s Italian-inspired dinner is turkey meatballs (sub almond flour for breadcrumbs – believe it or not, bread crumbs are hardly ever necessary), homemade tomato sauce (thanks to the amazing roadside farmer’s markets in South Jersey) and spaghetti squash.
Dollar investment: $15
Time investment: 2 hours

Spaghetti Squash:
Stab the whole squash a few times (get angry!) and bake it in the oven at 375° for about an hour. Slice and scrape out the meat with a fork – the result is more dynamic, flavorful and wholesome than any pasta! With about 20 minutes left on your cook time, add the meatballs (recipe below) to the oven.

Pasta Lovers and Nonbelievers - meet The Spaghetti Squash.

Turkey Meatballs:
1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 c. fresh grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 egg
1/2 c. almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill is easy to find)
1/4 c. fresh Italian parsley
Dried basil – toss in a generous spoonful (I can’t get enough basil)
Dried oregano – toss in a generous spoonful
Optional +adds to help flavor sometimes-bland ground turkey: Italian seasoning, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce – experiment! (Within reason – don’t lose the principle in the pudding.)
Combine ingredients and roll into balls. I coated the meatballs in some extra P-R cheese so they wouldn’t be sticky. Bake on a sheet at 375° for about 20 minutes.

Turkey meatballs, seasoned and ready to cook.

Tomato Sauce:
2 lbs. peeled, seeded, chopped tomatoes (easy peel tip: pour boiling water over fresh tomatoes to loosen the skin. To seed, cut in half side-to-side and scoop out seeds as you like)
2-3 tbs olive oil
1 white onion, chopped well
1-2 grated large carrots
1 finely chopped celery stalk
1/2 c. Italian parsley
1 small green pepper, chopped well
3-5 minced garlic cloves
1/4 c. fresh basil
1 6-oz can tomato paste, if desired, for color and thickness
Cook onion, carrot, celery, parsley, pepper, and garlic in olive oil over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until soft. Add tomatoes and basil and allow to simmer at least 20 minutes. Add tomato paste if desired. Season with more spices! You can simmer the meatballs in the sauce if you like.

Better than anything store-bought - and freezes beautifully. And oooh, the lycopene!

Ring the dinner bell – we have a delicious, exciting meal composed entirely of nutritious vegetables and lean meats! Jamie Lee Curtis ain’t got nothing on this fiber.

Just meat & veggies!

If you need me, I’ll be doing my superiority dance.
**Update: Don’t let your fiancé eat this over cream-colored carpet without putting a tarp down.


3 Responses to “Delicious Dinner #1”

  1. I’ll remember the part about putting down a tarp!

  2. As a southern NJ transplant to Kansas, finally someone agrees with me that NJ tomatoes are the best!


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