Meatballs and Chicken Sausage

Mix together 1lb of lean ground pork and lean ground sirloin, 1 egg, 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper, 1.3 cup fresh grated Parmesan, 1 tsp nutmeg, 2 slices of whole wheat bread picked into small pieces, 3 cloves of garlic minced..Form into meatballs and place on broiler pan, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 30 min at 350 degrees. Place in slow cooker with sauce, cover and cook low for about 4 hours.

I bought these beautiful italian Chicken Sausages with Fennel at Joesph’s Classic Market ( where I buy all my meats, fish and produce..so fresh and inexpensive) , that I also placed in a separate baking dish, pierced with a knife and baking along with the meatballs. When sausages done cooking slice into 1-2 inch pieces and throw them into the sauce.

I am “semi” baking the meatballs and chicken sausage, so that I can put them in a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot with sauce and cook on low for about 4 hours to incorporate all the flavors….

I also bought these nests of whole wheat linguine, which i will just add to boiling water later to cook the rest of the way..And of course extra Parmesan cheese.

Dinner Tonite: Italian Style Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Check out the recipe below…So good! Was a big hit in my house 🙂

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Italian Style Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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This dish is has an Italian taste to it that is low fat and healthy for you!

1 medium sized spaghetti squash (cut in half and place face down in dish, add in 2 tbsp of water and cover with plastic wrap . Cook for 8-10 min…Let cool and then take a fork and scrape out the squash from the inside into a long and shallow baking dish…Looks like spaghetti. Drizzle with olive oil and set aside.)

1 16 oz container of part skim ricotta

1 pacakge of frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained

1 large  can of fire roasted tomatoes, drained

1 package of part skim or 2% shredded mozerella

1/4 cup reduced fat greated parmesean cheese

1 egg or the equivalent egg substitute

1 tbsp Italian Seasoning

salt and pepper

1 lb ground turkey ( browned with 1 small onion diced and 3 cloves of garlic diced, drain on paper towels and set aside)

Pre heat oven to 350. In a small bowl add 1/2 of the package of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan together.  Add in seasonings, spinach and egg ; mix well. Spread the ricotta mixture on top of the spaghetti squash, top with browned turkey. Spread can of drained fire roasted tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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