Hot Turkey Ricotta Meatball Sandwich
by Healthy Recipe Mom, Stacy
PREHEAT: Oven to 350 degrees F
PANS/EQUIPMENT: Small and medium mixing bowls, baking sheet, large skillet, saucepan
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 12 minutes + 10 minutes
NUMBER OF SERVINGS: 4-6 (or more depending on ages)
3 thin slices whole grain bread (crusts removed if desired)
2 Tablespoons lowfat milk
Tear bread slices into very small pieces. Drizzle milk and mix together.
1 pound ground turkey (no antibiotics)
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg white
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Mix with soaked bread and form into 1 inch meatballs.
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Heat oil in skillet and saute meatballs until cooked through, turning frequently, about 12 minutes.
2 cups marinara sauce (low sodium)
Warm marinara sauce, add cooked meatballs and toss to coat.
8 oz baby spinach (organic is best!)
Wilt spinach with 1 Tablespoon of water in a saucepan on the stove. Spinach can be seasoned with a little salt, garlic, or garlic salt if desired.
Hoagie rolls, whole grain
1 block (8 ounces) Lisanatti Almond Cheeze – Mozzarella Style chunks, finely shredded
Slice rolls in half, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and toast in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove and add 3-4 meatballs with sauce to each roll. Top with shredded cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes to melt cheese. Add wilted spinach before serving sandwiches. Serve warm.
OPTIONS: Use your favorite tomato sauce! Make your meatballs smaller for kids, if needed.
RECIPE SOURCE: Based on “Meatball Bonanza” from More Magazine
5 FOOD COLORS: Tan, white, golden, green, red
8 FOOD GROUPS: Meats, dairy, grains, eggs, essential fatty acids, vegetables, fruit (tomatoes), nuts, herbs
“Delicious! The cheese melted beautifully when shredded finely.” “I would even serve it with the spinach raw for some extra crunch.” (Stacy, mother of 2)