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 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.


Chicken Cutlets over Whole Wheat Spaghetti

1 package of cutlet style chicken.. About 2 lbs

1/2 cup egg beaters

1 1/2 cups Italian style Panko bread crumbs

1/3 cup reduced fat parmesan

Olive oil

1 package of mozerrella cheese slices

1 small can of hunts tomato sauce

1 jar of marinara sauce ( I use Newmans Own)

Pre heat oven to 350. In a large baking pan spread the can if hunts tomato sauce on the bottom. Set aside. In a bowl add egg beaters and whisk. On a plate add breadcrumbs and parmesean cheese, mix together. Heat oil in pan medium high, dip chicken in egg beaters, breadcrums and place in pan. Brown each side and place in large baking pan in one layer. Place a slice of cheese on top of each cutlet, tearing cheese in half to cover the cutlet. Bake 25 min in oven till cheese bubbling and browned on top.

In the interim :

Heat sauce in sauce pan stove top on low.

Boil water season water with salt and cook pasta till al dente

Place cutlet(s) on top of pasta and top with sauce. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Italian “Suprise” Burgers

1 lb lean ground beef

Mini mozzerella balls

fresh basil leaves

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

salt and pepper

Whole wheat buns

Sliced tomato and Red onions

Add ground beef to bowl, season with salt and pepper. Add Italian seasoning. Form into 4 round burgers. Take each burger and dig a small hole in each side and push in 2 of the mini mozerella balls, and cover back over with the beef. Cook in pan over stove medium-high until desired temperature. Toast buns in toaster oven.( you can cook on grill too, quicker cooking time, but may risk losing all that delicious cheese!)

Serve burgers on top of toasted whole wheat buns with basil leaves, tomato, and onions.

Serve with my Fingerling Potato Fries or Grilled Romaine

Published in: on September 10, 2010 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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