A new “spin” on Spaghetti & Meatballs

by DanicasDaily on January 10, 2011

Happy Monday All! Thanks for all the comments on The Husband’s handy work on our house.  He really does a phenomenal job.  Oh and for those asking if he is for rent….he said, I run the show, so it’s up to me ~ haha ~ he’s funny! 

I was rushing around everywhere this morning and pretty much just dumped a bunch of random things in my lunch bag to eat for the day.  Luckily it worked out into one delicious day from breakfast through the NEW Spaghetti & Meatball Recipe we tried tonight.

One of my FAVORITE FLAVORED Greek Yogurts is made by Stonyfield ~ Oikos.

3 pointsplus yogurt

It honestly jumped to the top of my list when I realized it’s only 3 Points+ vs 4!

Oikos Greek Yogurt

I have to admit, I am kind of a sucker for the fruit on the bottom too!  I don’t mix it all the way so it’s like you get little “treats” along the way……Creamy!

Greek Yogurt

Salty, crunchy Trader Joe’s Turkey Bacon (2 Points+)

turkey bacon

Sweet~ Banana and Blueberries!

blueberries

My totally random throw things in your lunch bag as you rush out the door breakfast.  Not too shabby for 5 points+!

Weight Watchers Breakfasts

Lunch was sorta tossed in the bag too.  I picked up this Chicken Vindaloo awhile back mainly because it has really great stats.

Weight Watchers Indian Food

7 Points+ and an ingredient list I can recognize…..oh and well, it just sounds good too!

Trader Joe's Frozen Meals

Tasty! Not my favorite Trader Joe’s quick meal and they shouldn’t say “vegetables” because in my book, peas and carrots don’t count as the big vision I had for “vegetables”/

Curried Rice

Are you surprised?! I knew you would be to see TJ’s Organic Broccoli Slaw with 2 Tbsp of TJ’s Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette (2 PP)

Weight Watchers Dressings

Cuties for dessert.

Clementine's

“Orange” you glad I showed you my lunch?! LOL….seriously, I never realized I ate so much orange at lunch until now.

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Afternoon snackage was a little “banana froyo” I froze with lots of CARAMEL SAUCE ~ I got a little heavy handed (3 points+).  The verdict ~ it freezes harder than when first made, but, if you let it soften, it’s just as tasty.  Oh and the caramel DOESN”T freeze, but, it makes nice swirls throughout.

Banana Frozen Yogurt

I am super proud to say as soon as I walked in the door tonight, I hopped on the treadmill for 25 minutes and did my 20 crunches as part of this week’s Friends for Weight Loss Challenge.  My legs are definitely telling me I haven’t been on the treadmill in awhile Smile

Dinner tonight was FANTASTIC and I am so glad I have leftovers for tomorrow.  I honestly couldn’t wait to make THIS Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole recipe from Clean Eating Magazine ever since I saw it.  It takes a little bit of work, but, I guarantee it’s worth the effort.

I think the “secret” the this recipe is in the BASIL CREAM SAUCE

Pulse to chop 1 cup of basil with 2 garlic cloves.

Clean Eating Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole

Add 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 oz Parmesan, pinch of sea salt and black pepper and then, the secret “creamy” ingredient ~ 1/3 cup lowfat cottage cheese.

Cottage Cheese

Whirl together until creamy and the Basil Cream is done ~ easy!

lowfat pasta ideasq

You reserve a little of the basil & garlic to go in your tiny meatballs.  I used oatbran instead of wheat germ because it is what I had on hand.

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These look big, but, they are like 1 teaspoon meatballs sprinkled with black pepper and garlic salt.

tiny turkey meatballs

Brown in a large nonstick skillet with onion for about 2 minutes, until the onion is translucent and the meatballs are browned on both sides.

onions

Add in crushed tomatoes, bay leave and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.  Simmer for 8 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.

clean pasta sauce

Layer it up.  Place 1/2 cup of your pasta sauce on the bottom of your casserole dish.

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Add half of your spaghetti with meatballs.  Then, top with half your basil cream and a few fresh mozzarella balls (my addition).

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Repeat ending with a 1/2 oz sprinkle fo parmesan.

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Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and your casserole is bubbling.

spaghetti pizza

This would’ve been SO FUN to make for Christmas Smile

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The Husband whipped up simple salads for us while I prepped the pasta.  I topped my salad with my other favorite bottled dressing, Newman’s Lite Lime Vinaigrette. (2 PP)

Simple Salad

You get 1/6th of a 9 x 13 dish or 6 ounces for 9 points+.  If you omit the 4 oz mozzarella, it’s only 7 points+.

I LOVED mixing it together so it was like having a pesto marinara with BIG Cheese and Little Meatball surprises.  I had 2 slices of Alexia Garlic Bread on the side (3 points+)

Clean Eating Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole

You can find the RECIPE for the Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole HERE.  My additions were sea salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and Fresh Mozzarella Balls.

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Q’s

Do you MIX your fruit on the bottom in your yogurt, eat it in layers or just do little swirls like me?

I kinda think that’s why they make fruit on the bottom ~ just so someone like me can wonder how everyone eats their yogurt…..I never mix mine it, just swirl it.

Night all!

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