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Fake-Out Meatball Parmesan

on March 29, 2012

Pasta dishes are always the easy, go-to favorite because they do not take long to make and it is something that we usually always have in the house.  Meatball Parmesan is a great kid friendly meal except that the traditional version is filled with lots of fat and empty calories from the beef and pork in the meatballs to the traditional pasta used.  We found a great healthy alternative that uses chicken meatballs and whole-wheat penne that is sure to please everyone!  Serve with a salad or your favorite steamed veggies and you have a well rounded meal.  Enjoy!!

Fake-Out Meatball Parmesan

Meatballs

1 Package ground chicken

¼ C Whole-wheat breadcrumbs

1tsp. Jarred garlic

2 Egg whites

Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta

Whole-wheat penne (up to half of box)

2 Boxes frozen spinach

Jarred garlic to taste

Basil (fresh or dried)

½ C Parmesan

1T Olive oil

2 15oz. Cans of tomato sauce

Preparation:

  1. Combine chicken, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Add eggs and breadcrumbs to mixture.  Use your hands to incorporate all ingredients.  Make into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  2. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes.
  3. While meatballs are baking, cook pasta for 7-9 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in large pan and add frozen spinach.  Cook so water evaporates.  Add garlic and let cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add tomato sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Mix together.  Combine pasta and spinach sauce together in baking dish.  Nestle in the meatballs, top with cheese and put back in oven until bubbling, approximately 10 minutes.

Source:  http://www.doctoroz.com

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