Hi! Cathy is away on vacation, so she has asked me to share a recipe from The Petite Advantage Diet by Jim Karas. For those who don't know me, I'm Sophie of Sophie in the Kitchen and also Cathy's cousin. I love to cook and try to make healthy meals whenever possible. I'm also petite and have a hard time finding fashionable petite clothes!
Cathy choose this turkey meatballs with homemade tomato sauce recipe for me to try out. She thought it was one of the more complex recipes in the book and the majority of recipes were easy to make or simple snacks. My initial thought when reading this recipe was that it was too simple and wouldn't be as tasty. I am glad I was wrong because I ate all of it for dinner. I felt satisfied and it was only 304 calories for the entire meal! It was simple but healthy and delicious at the same time. The flavors were fresh and it was a nice change using ground turkey instead of ground beef or pork for meatballs. Another plus was that it took me less than 30 minutes to make this meal, enjoy!
Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Tomato Sauce (from The Petite Advantage Diet)
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon parsley, dried or 10 springs fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium whole red, ripe tomatoes
4 ounces ground turkey, 93% lean (about ½ cup)
Directions for Tomato Sauce
Boil a pot of water.
Score the top of the tomatoes by cutting 1-inch X on top.
Add tomatoes to the pot of boiling water. Boil the tomatoes for about 30 seconds to one minute. Remove and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
Peel the tomatoes and finely chop them.
Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat, spray with cooking spray, and add 2 cloves of minced garlic.
Sauté garlic until golden brown and add tomatoes. Gently mash tomatoes into a chunky sauce.
Directions for Meatballs
In a small bowl, combine ground turkey, 1 clove of minced garlic, parsley, and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Roll mixture into small meatballs (about 4).
Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat, spray with cooking spray, and add meatballs.
Turn and rotate meatballs until fully cooked.
Top meatballs with tomato sauce and 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese.