Makes: 10 servings, about 3 meatballs each
Active time: 25 minutes
Total time: 4-6 hours
- 2 C Veggies, diced
- 1 Egg White
- 1/2 C Bread Crumbs with Italian Seasoning
- 2 T Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 1 lb Ground Turkey
- 1 20 Oz. Jar Marinara Sauce
- 10 Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns
- 1 C Cheddar Cheese, optional
1. Heat nonstick spray skillet on medium heat.
2. In a large bowl, combine veggies, egg, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and ground turkey (it’s best to go ahead and get messy by mixing with your clean hands). Roll into 1 inch meatballs and brown in skillet, turning to insure they are evenly cooked.
3. Put cooked meatballs in slow cooker, pour the whole jar of marinara over top, and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.
4. Serve in hot dog buns with optional sprinkled cheddar cheese on top.
200 calories, 15g carbs, 9g fat, 16g protein, 5g fiber
I was in a strange mood for Sloppy Joes after thinking about the scene from Billy Madison, but they don’t look very appetizing so I decided to make Turkey Meatball Subs instead! If you want a hot meal when you get home, you can prepare these in advance and then stick them in the crockpot when you leave for work or errands. The crockpot helps to soak in the flavors, but you can also just cook the meatballs and pour the sauce over them in the same skillet for a quicker version.
For the veggies, I just grabbed a bag of frozen sliced peppers, thawed them, used 2 cups for the meatballs and dumped the rest into the crockpot. You can also utilize any extra veggies you might have and mix them into the meatballs. No bread crumbs or Italian Seasoning? Just toast some bread and crumble it into tiny crumbs and mix it with dried oregano, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. I used the hot dog buns instead of hoagie buns to save a few calories, but you can also serve these over spaghetti squash with a side salad, or a side of veggies and light ranch like we did. Let me know what you think, and enjoy!