Fabio’s Mom’s Meatballs, made Light
Oct15

Fabio’s Mom’s Meatballs, made Light

One of my most special family times ever was making meatballs and sauce (from scratch!) with my hubby and little one. These are super-easy and fun to make, and mouthwateringly delicious!   Sam—who only makes Kraft Mac & Cheese—threatened to make them after accompanying me to Fabio Viviani’s Cooking Demo, but I didn’t think he’d actually follow through.   Look what I got Mr. Clean to do! (If he can do it, so can you.) He actually rubbed olive oil into his hands before rolling the balls!!! Needless to say it was a computer-free evening. (Oh! Now I get why he washed the dishes for an hour.)   Fabio insists that the secret to moist meatballs is to cook them right in the sauce, and after trying his, we agree. Do you sear your meatballs, or cook them right in the sauce?   At the risk of upsetting a feisty Italian, I used Laura’s Lean Beef (92% lean) instead of 80/20, recommended by Fabio.   Ricotta cheese keeps them moist, and they were just as tasty with low fat ricotta and lean beef.   You could, of course, make them with turkey, but then they would be turkey meatballs! I eat SO much turkey and chicken, that sometimes I crave that yummy, beefy taste. And these are healthier than many of the turkey meatballs out there. (Especially the pre-cooked ones.) Warning: Very more-ish! This was my third time making them (finally got down to posting the recipe), and once again I couldn’t stop thinking about them all night long, and went back in at 10pm! What is it about them that keeps you going back for more?   Serve with crusty Ciabatta Bread and/or Trader Joe’s Vegetable Radiatore. (5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for 3/4 cup.)   Baby Broccoli sautéed in olive oil and garlic makes a great side dish—I don’t even need the pasta.   Tips for Success Mince the garlic and the shallots quite finely, because they’re not getting cooked before going into the meatballs. Shallots are a little milder and sweeter than onions. How to Mince a Shallot Keep the root end intact, and make one slice through the middle, horizontally, and then tiny slices almost all the way to the root, but not through it. That way all the pieces don’t separate and go all over the board.   I learned a great tip from Alex Guarnaschelli, to spread the meat around and up the sides of the bowl, so you can season it properly.   Oops! Not quite sure how much salt went into that batch.   The meatballs can be rolled the day before; cover with...

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Mediterranean Turkey Cutlets
Mar19

Mediterranean Turkey Cutlets

These turkey cutlets, especially served with hummus, take me right back to my teenage visits to Israel. I love the flavors of cumin and coriander, which I think most people feel intimidated to cook with. If that’s you, I urge you to try this one! It’s definitely a worthy investment in these wonderful spices—which you will hopefully use again and again. When I was still leading Weight Watchers meetings in Los Angeles, one of my members kindly gave me Steve Raichlen’s Healthy Jewish Cooking. I couldn’t believe that even Mr. Picky said, “F— yum! Even the strange green balls.” (Referring to the Basil Pearled Cous Cous—one of my favorite sides. Add a sprinky-dink of salt to make the flavors pop.) I kept a theme and served the cutlets with a simple Israeli-style salad, delicious Low Fat Hummus with Greek Yogurt (see Fav Food Finds) and sautéed mushrooms. So easy. Sooo good. Very healthy. Definite redo! For Passover Substitute matzo meal for the flour and bread crumbs. Breading Tip I learned a great trick from Chef Anne Burrell (I LOVE Secrets of a Restaurant Chef): when breading anything, use one hand for wet and one hand for dry ingredients; that way you don’t end up breading your fingers! Orna’s Notes The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup egg substitute, but I prefer using the real deal. He uses 1 cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs, but I love the extra crunch and crispiness of Panko bread crumbs. You can find them in the Japanese section of your market, though most markets now carry them next to the regular bread crumbs; they are the Japanese-style breadcrumbs—crispy and flakey. Even Trader Joe’s now carries them. If you like cumin, be sure to try my delicious Cowboy Caviar recipe >>  Mediterranean Turkey Cutlets 2013-08-06 15:42:06 Yields 6 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 12 min Total Time 30 min Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 12 min Total Time 30 min 234 calories 38 g 74 g 4 g 13 g 1 g 96 g 623 g 2 g 0 g 2 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 96g Yields 6 Amount Per Serving Calories 234 Calories from Fat 31 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 74mg 25% Sodium 623mg 26% Total Carbohydrates 38g 13% Dietary Fiber 2g 10% Sugars 2g Protein 13g Vitamin A6%Vitamin C13% Calcium7%Iron14% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong?...

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Asian Turkey Meatballs
Feb06

Asian Turkey Meatballs

The Asian flavors are a nice change from the usual Italian Style meatballs, and they are healthy to boot. (2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per meatball.) I love that you can prepare the meatballs in advance. Perfect party food. I made a double batch for our Super Bowl Party this past Sunday and they were a huge hit. The original recipe was for four turkey burgers, but I thought it would work well as a mini-meatball appetizer—and I was right! If you can’t find Lemonaise, mix Light mayo, mustard, salt and pepper and a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice, rice vinegar & pinch of sugar to taste!     I use Thai Sweet Chili sauce instead of the fresh chili. It’s a little sweet so I reduce the amount of sugar. The cucumber salad is delicious served with any Asian-flavored dish. You can use English cucumbers, double the recipe—drain and serve. Make Ahead Tips You can make the meatballs ahead and freeze. Defrost in refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave before plating and serving. Cool Tools Masterclad Pro Series Saute 12″ Non-Stick Pan with lid. Favorite sauté pan EVER! I discovered them at Costco on a special promotion, but you can find them online >> Instant read thermometer. Other Party Foods you Might Like Caprese on a Stick >> Light Asian Broccoli Slaw & Quinoa Salad >> Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites >> THE BEST Cowboy Caviar (healthy dip/salad/snack) >> Asian-Style Turkey Meatball Minis 2013-08-05 18:02:28 Yields 26 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per meatball. Write a review Save Recipe Print 86 calories 6 g 30 g 4 g 7 g 1 g 93 g 161 g 2 g 0 g 2 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 93g Yields 26 Amount Per Serving Calories 86 Calories from Fat 35 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 6% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 30mg 10% Sodium 161mg 7% Total Carbohydrates 6g 2% Dietary Fiber 0g 2% Sugars 2g Protein 7g Vitamin A2%Vitamin C5% Calcium3%Iron4% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Cucumber Salad 5 small pickling or persian cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced rounds (about 1/8-inch) 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (I use less than 1/2 because I don't love raw onion) 1/4 cup rice vinegar (if you use seasoned rice vinegar just use a bit less salt) 1/8 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt Meatballs 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (I use 93% lean) 1/3 cup steamed jasmine rice (Trader Joe's frozen precooked jasmine...

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