Meatballs! We’re having meatballs for dinner!

When I told my daughter we were having spaghetti with meatballs for dinner last night, you would have thought I told her we were going to Disney World RIGHT THEN!!!  She was sooo excited and kept running around saying, “We’re going to have meatballs for dinner!  Mmm…yum!  I love meatballs!”  And then as soon as Daddy got home, that was the first thing she told him.  No “hello.”  Just, “Dad! We’re having meatballs for dinner!  They’re my favorite!”  ha  The crazy thing is that I don’t remember the last time she had meatballs….   I’m wondering if she saw them on TV recently?  Or just had it in her head that she likes them?  Either way, I sure made her day (and night) yesterday.

These meatballs were really good and very easy to make.  My daughter loved them and had several (probably too many?).  One of my boys ate two of them and the other wouldn’t touch his.  Typical.  My husband and I both liked them as well.  Next time, I plan to make a double batch so we can freeze several for another night.

Served with whole wheat spaghetti and organic (or homemade) pasta sauce, these meatballs make a great addition to pasta night!  Last night I paired this with broccoli and homemade garlic bread (made from our regular wheat sandwich bread).  Unfortunately, the garlic bread was kind of a disappointment, but I’ll keep trying.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatballs
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

(Recipe adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef (or ground turkey) (I buy local from Honored Prairie)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (I used homemade)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I used Kosher)

Mix all ingredients together (by hand, if necessary).  Generously grease a baking pan with olive oil spray.  Roll the beef mixture into golf ball-sized balls and place on pan.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through.  Easy!

Before Baking
Before Baking
Ready to eat!
Ready to eat!

*Update 10/11/13: I made these again using ground turkey instead of ground beef and, as I expected, they were just as good and no one noticed the change.  I also chopped up some spinach I needed to use up ASAP and mixed it in.  Yum!

Turkey Meatballs over Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Turkey Meatballs (with chopped spinach)

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