A New Favorite: Lean Skillet Meatballs

A New Favorite: Lean Skillet Meatballs | 31Daily.com

Lean Skillet Meatballs, a healthier dish that’s become a new favorite. Made simpler with store-bought spaghetti sauce. A shared dish that brings friends and family to the table… or coffee table… easily.




A perfect dish for weeknight dinners, game day foods, or Friday night fun.

Remember the old term — “Family Style?” Well… this is that– only reinvented. Kind of. Actually… sorry, not really. It’s still family style if that means sharing really good food from a communal dish. I love that. The sharing and the fun it brings, no matter what you call it!

I don’t often make meatballs. But lately, every time I’m at the market, my eye wanders to the pre-made meatballs lining the refrigerated case. After a while, I couldn’t help myself. Knowing my guys would love it, I succumbed by creating a leaner, healthier version I could feel good about… and enjoy myself.

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A New Favorite: Lean Skillet Meatballs

A New Favorite: Lean Skillet Meatballs | 31Daily.com

Lean Skillet Meatballs, a healthier dish that’s become a new favorite. Made simpler with store-bought spaghetti sauce. A shared dish that brings friends and family to the table… or coffee table… easily.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lbs. lean ground turkey (about 1 package)
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 cups smooth spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • sliced baguette

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

Shred the zucchini. If you have more than you need for the 1/2 cup, add it to the sauce at the end of the dish.

Stir together the ground turkey, zucchini, beaten egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and oregano. Form 24 meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each, and lay on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400° until fully cooked, about 12-15 minutes.

In an ovenproof skillet (like a cast iron skillet) over medium-high heat, add spaghetti sauce, any leftover zucchini, and water. Simmer about 5 minutes. Add cooked meatballs to the skillet and gently stir to coat meatballs with the sauce. Sprinkle even with shredded cheese.

Serve with a sliced baguette and seasonal salad.



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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.