Friday, April 4, 2008

turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash

there's been some good foodspiration going on in blog-land. lucho's been juicing it up...seems like he's on a yam kick...james has been the kettle chip fairy, spreading the love for some good training tips from Cody....and benson made me jealous with his italian chow.

Also over on mark's daily apple, there are 10 great ways to "eat green".

james and i have been super busy over here (more work for both of us than usual), but still eating well. here's some of the latest:

turkey meatballs with spaghetti squash....

1 spaghetti squash

cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds. preheat the oven to 375 degrees. brush in olive oil, salt and pepper. place on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minute to one hour. After its soft...take it out of the oven and scrape the flesh with a fork to get the "Spaghetti"... Season as you like it with salt, pepper, olive oil, maybe a little sage or parsley

turkey meatballs with marinara
1lb 99%lean ground turkey
2 egg whites
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 an onion-diced
3/4 cup diced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
worshteshire sauce- a bunch of shakes
parsley, salt, pepper, oregano
sprinkle o cheese (i used part-skim mozz)

i sauteed the onions, garlic and mushrooms with a little bit of olive oil in the pan. i heard that by adding in mushrooms, the lean turkey would stay moist and hold together in meatballs better. after that, i mixed up all the ingredients and formed into 8 balls. put them in a saute pan over medium heat and brown on both sides (3-4 minutes a side? clearly from the picture i made mine "crispy") then dump in as much spaghetti sauce as you like (i like organic ones with low-ish sugar content- you really need to look at the labels on red sauce, they vary SOOOO much. whole foods 365 brand has some great choices)

that's it for now.. i also made some good chili and strawberry-spinach-balsamic salads this week...more on those later...and i think we're doing some healthy thai apps in the next few days.okay, time for dessert. bye!


Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

"preheat the oven to 375 degrees"
I nearly had an heart-attack before I realized its in Fahrenheit not Celsius ;P

I love italian!

Keep the good food coming :)

Jim said...


Your aunt Laura turned us on to spagetti squash last year. Made ours with spicy chicken meatballs and homemade sauce (you know, the kind with green olives). Definitely a great and healthy change from pasta. Dad

Jim said...

J, Your aunt Laura turned us on to spagetti squash last year. I made ours with spicy chicken meatballs and homemade sauce (you know, the sauce with the green olives). A great change and healthier alternative to pasta. Dad

TRI-ROB said...

That's looks De-RISHUS!

GZ said...

Only thing I'd suggest differently is to cook the squash with the seeds. When you scrape 'em back out, throw then back onto the sheet and put that back in the oven ... little salt and you have a tasty snack.

As far as spag sauce ... a can of diced tomatoes ... sautee up some garlic, onion ... toss in the can of toms, add some oregano, basil, salt, pepper ... whatever else you like to taste. Carrots (sliced thinly) will take out some of the acid and add a sugar taste to it.

Good stuff. Hope the weekend was good and the arm is on the mend.

FatDad said...

I was reading the sidebar and thought "Who the $%^& eats at a stripclub?!?!?!?!?!"
Your dad should start his own blog.

Jim said...

I agree with gz, homemade sauce is the best. Try adding some sliced/chopped green olives and grated carrots.the olives add a bit of tartness. Grated carrots will break down during cooking/simmering, adding both a slight sweetness to the sauce, as well as acting as a thickening agent. Also, some crushed red pepper flakes will spice it up a little.