Party Girl Diet Meatballs

Make Meatballs & Spaghetti The Party Girl Diet Way!

Meatballs are universally known as a huge crowd pleaser, are easy to make and serve, and can be made in large quantities and frozen – to use when your in a time crunch and want to put a healthy, wholesome, and tasty dinner on the table in minutes!

The recipe below for my Grandma Roses’ Authentic Italian MEATBALLS is the real thing!  You can also check out another Italian Meatball recipe we featured on  California Living TV primetime - which reviews Sonoma County Executive Chef Graziano’s step by step guide to making perfect Italian Meatballs on CAInsider.com.

Go ahead – get in touch with your inner Italian and making Authentic Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti tonight!

Party Girl Diet Recipe Makeover Health Tip:  My Grandma Roses’ Authentic Italian Meatball Recipe calls for ground beef, pork, and veal.  You can substitute some, or all of this meat with ground turkey to reduce the amount of fat and trans-fats.The secret to this is, when you substitute ground turkey – you will want t add some extra spices to pump up the flavor, since ground turkey in general is more bland in flavor than pork, veal, and beef.  Some suggestions are to add fresh, chopped, flavorful herbs such as basil and rosemary, and/or high quality dried spices and herbs such as oregano, and fresh cracked black pepper.

To make this recipe even healthier, you can substitute high fiber, smooth textured whole wheat hot dog buns, yet be sure they have the same smooth light consistency as the regular white buns the recipe calls for, which is the trademark ingredient in making these meatballs “melt-in-your-mouth” soft, and tender.  There is also a nice selection of high fiber pastas on the market today that when used in place of traditional spaghetti, can substantially increase the nutrition and fiber content of this dish.

Also, you will want to also check out our easy and delicious Fresh Tomato Sauce recipe to go with your Spaghetti and Meatballs, and as luck would have it – the health benefits of Fresh Tomato Sauce are significant, and have been outlined in The Party Girl Diet’s entry on how to make fresh tomato sauce on this site.

Grandma Roses’ Authentic Italian Meatballs

2 pounds of chopped beef, veal and pork

2-3 eggs depending on size, slightly beaten

1/2 cup plus of finely chopped onion

3 slices of white bread or 2-3 hot dog rolls, chopped finely

About 1/2 cup of skim milk or more

Very big bunch of Italian Parsley chopped fine/leaves only

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Heaping tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Steps to Make the Meatballs:

1. Soak chopped bread in milk till it is nice and mushy

2. Add eggs, parsley, onions, cheese, salt and pepper and mix well

3. Add chopped meat and mix well using your *hands; there is no alternative

*Fun Fact # 1 -Grandma Rose would never wear nail polish when cooking for fear that it may chip into the food she was preparing..

4. When thoroughly mixed, form into meatballs by rolling in your palms. You should make 18 to 24 meatballs.

5. Place meatballs in lightly oiled, olive of course, cookie tin and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Do not overcook. The meatballs may be browned in a frying pan; however, the baking is easier and probably healthier.

6. When cool remove meatballs from pan and scrape off any fat that has formed. Did you make more than you need or want to freeze some to enjoy at another time? Try Joe Mack’s Freezing Trick – by laying them out on a cookie sheet and covering to freeze for later use.

Aprilanne Hurley, California Living Health Expert, author, The Party Girl Diet

Aprilanne Hurley, California Living Health Expert, author, The Party Girl Diet

Aprilanne Hurley is a Certified Nutrition Professional and the Health Expert for California Living, the Bay Area’s original lifestyle show featuring California’s trends in food, travel, and healthy living. Hurley’s new book, The Party Girl Diet – will be available worldwide on Amazon.com January 2011…so you can “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”  The Party Girl Diet’s healthy, sustainable lifestyle plan combines today’s groundbreaking health and nutrition research with Hurley’s penchant for good living, and her 10+ years experience in Broadcast Journalism specializing in educating the public on important health and wellness topics and concerns.

Contact Aprilanne with your nutrition and lifestyle questions @aprilanne@partygirldiet.com

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