SECRET MEATBALL RECIPE

MEATBALLS

MUST TRY!  ONE OF THE WAYS I’M FIGHTING HIGH CHOLESTEROL!  Here is my really great recipe for super protein, low fat meatballs (I also make into burgers to cook on the grill)!

1# 96% lean ground beef
1 (15oz) can lentil beans – drained just a bit
1 envelope onion soup mix (I use Lipton or Great Value)
1 tsp instant beef bouillon and seasoning (herb ox)
2-3 Tbsp minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup quinoa prepared according to directions
3 eggs (or egg substitute equivalent to 3 eggs)
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and let sit in refrigerator for about an hour (the quinoa will absorb extra liquid and make for more solid burgers and meatballs that hold together).  Fashion into 2 good sized burgers (to freeze for later grilling) and 20 large meatballs.

Bake meatballs at 375 degrees 20-25 minutes until browned and firm.  I usually freeze and add to my homemade sauce as needed!

**Sometimes I add a tsp of cumin or chili powder to spice them up, or if I’m thinking of beef stroganoff with Swedish meatballs, I add a tsp of ground all spice!

ENJOY AND BE HEALTHY!

SUPER LAZY LASAGNA IN THE CROCK POT

LASAGNA

OVEN READY NOODLES AND A LITTLE WATER MAKE THIS THE PERFECT CROCK POT MEAL!  It will not look like this picture!

1 pound 96% lean ground beef (uncooked)
1 (16oz) package frozen pepper and onion stir fry
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 (24oz) jar spaghetti sauce (your favorite brand or homemade)
2 cups water
10 oven ready lasagna noodles (1/2 the package), broken into thirds
1 tsp dried basil
16 oz low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In large mixing bowl, break up the ground beef, add stir fry mix, garlic, sauce and water. Mix well. Place 1/4 of the meat mixture in the bottom of the Crock Pot. Add a layer of oven ready noodles that have been broken into thirds – about 3 1/3 noodles. Place another 1/4 of the meat mixture over noodles and add another layer of noodles – Repeat. Pour remaining meat mixture on top. Cook on LOW 4-5 hours. Add dried basil and low-fat cottage cheese, stir well and cook on LOW 1 hour more. Serve by the spoonful and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Serves 6

Nutrition Facts:
Per Serving: 402 calories; 44g carb; 9g fat; 41g Protein; 1019g sodium; 18g sugar

NOT A PICTURE PERFECT PIECE OF LASAGNA BUT TASTES JUST AS GOOD!
The noodles turned out really mushy so maybe add them half-way through or try regular lasagna noodles rather than oven ready.  Also higher in calcium using cottage cheese rather than ricotta!