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Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs #SundaySupper

Healthier baked italian meatballsFitting with the theme of this week’s Sunday Supper, as “Cowboy Cooking” I am making Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs. So what is Cowboy Cooking you ask? (and I’m glad you did) According to Cowboy Kent Rollins (THE modern day authority on Cowboy cooking)  it’s hearty food, not fancy! You can see him on CBS Sunday Morning to get his gist!   Kent and his wife Shannon carry on the tradition of cooking on a Chuck wagon as they make their way across the country feeling hungry cowboys and cowgirls with recipes like Chicken Fried Steak, Sparkly Taters (add beef!), and Green Pepper Frito Pie.

So why “healthier” meatballs for me? Well I love all kinds of meat, but I am not paleo. I am not totally veggie either. I just wanted a healthier meatball but still had plenty of flavor...So I made one. Click To TweetWith  only egg-whites, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, and no cheese, I consider it “clean” and also Advocare compliant (you can read more about that here). In the recipe I note that the breadcrumbs are optional- and guess what?! They are! I like the texture better with the added crumbs, but if you are following a paleo diet, take them out and these are still delicious!  If you are just wanting to eat healthy foods, but still want a really tasty meatball…here you are:


meatball ingredientsHealthier Baked Italian Meatballs

Makes 20

1 and 1/2 pounds ground Certified Angus Beef® brand beef
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine
1/4 cup egg white liquid
1/3 cup onion, chopped (either green or white)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
*Optional: 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (and I opt)

Preheat the oven to 375*. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Form into 20 meatballs. The best way to do this is to wet your hands and scoop a large heaping tablespoon amount into your palm. Roll and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until no longer pink in the middle. Serve with your favorite sauce.Healthier Italian Meatballs


To get more great Cowboy Cooking ideas check out Kent and Shannon’s blog recipes HERE. You can also find inspiration on Certified Angus Beef® brand’s website HERE. Look for this label:

certified angus beef brand

This is the pre-made patties label too, but you need to look for that little cow and the “Certified Angus Beef” brand!

The recipes do not have to be made over a campfire (but they can be)! They have some amazing recipes for using beef and their burger recipes look perfect for summer grilling. And don’t forget, for the best recipes using Certified Angus Beef® brand check out our Sunday Supper Bloggers here, thanks to the host today, Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

Healthier Italian Meatballs

 

5 Great Crock Pot Recipes (To Keep from turning on the stove!)

crockpot round-upI thought today would be a great day to share these 5 Easy and COOL cooking, crock-pot recipes for you, as it is going to be HHH around here! For those in the dry-air southwest, HHH, mean Hazy, Hot, & Humid- Something we Northeasterners are very used to! Today it is supposed to get up to 90+ with an alert to stay indoors for the old and decrepit folks, so I may be inside (LOL!) for the rest of the day trying to stay cool! I know one of these recipes will fit the bill if you need to change up from a night of grilling!

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Crockpot Chili

Crockpot Chili

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

Easy 5 Ingredient CrockPot Mushroom Soup

crockpot mushroom soup

Crockpot Meatless “Cuban” Beans

crockpot cuban beans

Stay cool!

 

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries #SundaySupper

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries


I was talking to a dietitian/nutritionist last week and she asked me:

“How many vegetables do your kids eat?”

Ummmmm….

“One.”…ugh. I can’t believe it’s just one. Wait! Wait! There’s got to be more than one…

“Two!” I almost shouted at her {sigh of relief}.

My kids eat two legitimate veggies on a regular basis.

One is covered in chocolate, in this Chocolate Zucchini Bread that is my family mainstay…mostly because it has veggies in it, and in my book, that officially makes it good for you. And also because it is delicious. Plus zucchini…it is green so I give myself points for that one.

Second, to my great relief and also delayed response under pressure, my kids love my Homemade Potato-Fries. Or just Fries as we call them as we know they’re made with potato in this house.  I have tried sweet potato, but that led to distrust of all fries, so we are back to these baddies and to be honest, since they love them, we eat these a lot!

Now, I have two recipe versions of my Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries here for you.

My first version: It’s the grocery store packet, that shall not be named, but really any brand with the concept of “roasted potato” seasoning will do. Don’t food shame me, friends. This is my very real life and weeknight dinners call for speed! All I do is chop the potatoes:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on the seasoning:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Mix it up and place on a sprayed, rimmed, sheet pan:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

And bake at 400º for 20-25 minutes. Done.

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Here’s the second version: It’s the  the same process, but it requires an actual recipe for the seasoning, which follows:

Homemade Potato Seasoning:

2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano

To make the Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries with either seasoning mix, follow this process:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries #SundaySupper

Yield: serves 4-6

This is a great and healthy way to enjoy potatoes as fries and is super kid-friendly!

Ingredients

  • Four large russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. seasoning (packet or homemade)
  • For Homemade Seasoning, mix the following
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano

Instructions

  1. Slice the potatoes on the long side in the middle. One either side, slice into 3 slices. Divide in half and place flat side down on the cutting board. Slice 5 times the long way to get strips of potato.
  2. Drizzle the oil over the potatoes and stir using your hands to get them totally covered in oil.
  3. Use 2 heaping TBSP. of mix (either packaged or homemade) and sprinkle over the potatoes. Stir until all are coated with the seasoning.
  4. Pour potatoes onto a sprayed, rimmed sheet pan, and make sure they are in one layer without overlap.
  5. Bake at 400* for 12 minutes on the lowest rack. Remove and flip them over to brown the other side. Bake another 12-15 minutes until browned and potatoes are cooked through. Serve.
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Enjoy!

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries


Sunday Supper Kid Friendly Vegetable Recipes

Breakfast

Dinners

Sides

Snacks

For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries