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Whole Wheat Pasta with Homemade Meatballs!!

Ingredients:

  • Favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 box of whole-wheat rotini
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of grated carrots (I used my Ninja food chopper to grate 1 large carrot & it was perfect)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (I grated this with the carrots)
  • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste
Directions
  • Bring water to boil and boil rotini according to directions.
  • Preheat over to 425 F
  • Combine beef & rest of ingredients until well blended (I used my Kitchenaid Mixer)
  • Form beef into meat balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet
  • Bake 10 mins
  • Serve meatballs on top of pasta and add spaghetti sauce, cheese, etc.

 

My two favorite & most useful kitchen gadgets are my Kitchen Aide Mixer & Ninja Food Chopper.
The mixer is great because it can be used to mix anything….even things like meatloaf, which most people mix with their hands- I use my mixer.  I love the Ninja food chopper because it chops almost anything into any size, from large chunks, to minced pieces.  I have done everything from salsa to peanut sauce to mincing garlic with this thing.  And, even better, it is very affordable.

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I tried these chicken nuggets from allrecipes.com.

I was excited because they had flax seed in the breading and I knew that was healthy for us, but I was scared because they had flaxseed in the breading and I wasn’t sure how that would taste.  I used 3 chicken breast and had plenty-o-plenty of leftovers.

I liked them, but I wasn’t crazy about them.  I would probably make them again with more seasonings and less flax seed.

As a side item I served baked potatoes and coconut rice.

The coconut rice was so much easier than I had imagine, since I usually cook “10-minute” rice.  Here is what I used:

  • Jasmine rice
  • Coconut milk
  • A little water

Basically, all I did was follow the directions on the bag except, I replaced the water (that the directions call for) with the coconut milk.  Then, since I was short on the volume that I needed, I supplemented with water.  So, basically, I cooked the rice in 90% coconut milk and 10% water.  If I had had more coconut milk, I would not have used the water.  I topped the rice with basil before serving.

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One night we made the homemade whole wheat tortillas.  Since my husband is from Central America, he wasn’t really digging the whole wheat taste, but we discovered that if we put enough refried beans in them, you can’t even taste the difference ~ and we are still eating healthy.


FYI: I didn’t have a rolling pin and since I am a fanatic about directions, I just didn’t know what I was going to do!!  Not to fear, my husband, who is apparently an expert tortilla maker {who knew} showed me how to rotate them around while simultaneously patting/pulling them out.  It took me a couple of times to get it, but I finally did.  Also, I used wax paper to set my dough balls out on and to patty out my tortillas.

Speaking of refried beans, I used this recipe & it was delish!  Hubby loved them and we ate them for 3 days and still have left overs!

We piled 1/2  of each of the tortillas with refried beans and mozzarella cheese, folded them over, and heated them up- something that is called baleadas in Latin America.

 

 

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