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Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

 Turkey Meatballs and Sauce
My sweetie and I have fought the battle of the bulge forever. This is my less-fattening take on meatballs. They’re slow-cooker easy, and so flavorful! — Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
8 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Cook: 6 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) whole wheat spaghetti

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute, bread crumbs, onion,
  • pepper and seasoning blend. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix

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Turkey Meatballs and Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on a rack coated with cooking
  • spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or
  • until no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomato sauce,
  • tomatoes, zucchini, green pepper, onion, tomato paste, bay leaves,
  • garlic and seasonings. Stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on low for
  • 6 hours. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; serve with
  • meatballs and sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 4 meatballs with 3/4 cup sauce and 1 cup spaghetti equals 416 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 533 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 28 g protein.