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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Turkey meatball spaghetti

Today was one of the first fall days that actually felt like fall.  This dish made my house smell divine and it was easy to put together and very flavorful.  You can switch the turkey out for ground beef and change up the type of noodle.  The kids loved this and there are a lot of leftovers.  It is also a budget friendly meal.

1/2 cup wheat germ
2 large egg whites
1/4 cup packed fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 small onions chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp olive oil
1 small red pepper chopped
1 jar 24-26 ounce marinara sauce (I used my homemade but any sauce would work)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano

Spray the inside of your crock with  cooking spray.  Mix wheat germ, egg whites, basil, half of the garlic and half of the onions in a bowl.  Add turkey and a pinch of salt and pepper and mush all together with your hands until completely mixed.  Set aside.
Heat oil in sauce pan.  sauté bell pepper, other half of garlic and onion.  Add thyme and oregano.  Cook until onions are clear.  Place into crock add jar of marinara sauce and .5 cup of water and mix all together with a fork in the crock. 

roll turkey mixture into 2 inch balls and drop them into the sauce. (you will get about 20 balls).  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Enjoy over pasta.