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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

 

Easy Weeknight Sheet Pan Pork Loin Filet

pork loin filetI love this dinner. Not only is it Advocare, Whole-30, and clean eating friendly, it is fast for a weeknight and my whole family will eat it! I have been seeing “sheet pan” dinners left and right on the internet, but I didn’t really get how great they are for a one-pan, easy way to get dinner on the table. My fellow Sunday Supper blogger, A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures posted a  Sheet Pan Tuscan Pork Dinner, that I absolutely loved, and since I tried it, I am now totally sold on the greatness of this meal! It has just 3 ingredients! Yes. I said, “3.”

Since my objective is FAST dinner and EASY dinner, I shortened her recipe up a bit by using an already seasoned pork loin, and using regular russet potatoes instead of baby ones, since I always have them on hand. I also have a fear of under cooked pork (and pretty much all other meat!) and so I cook mine until a kitchen thermometer inserted in the center of the pork registers at 160ºF.

Here it is in all its simplicity:

Easy Weeknight Sheet Pan Pork Loin

Easy Weeknight Sheet Pan Pork Loin

I love this fast dinner that cooks in one pan in less than an hour with almost no prep.

Ingredients

  • 1 packaged pork loin filet (24oz) (I used the lemon/garlic seasoned one)
  • 4-5 large russet potatoes
  • 1 16 ounce bag frozen brussel sprouts (or broccoli, or cauliflower, or a bag of fresh baby carrots)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*
  2. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with foil, and spray with non-stick or rub with oil.
  3. Place the pork filet in the middle of the pan.
  4. Place the potatoes on one side of the pork. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp.garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  5. Cook the pork and potatoes for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  6. Add the frozen vegetables to the other side of the pork. Sprinkle the other 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the pan back to the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the pork is at 160*
  8. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Slice the pork into 1/2 inch slices and serve with potatoes and veggie.

Notes

You can serve whatever type of veggies that you love here, and you can also use a plain pork loin filet if you want too, you will just need to season with your own favorite blend of spices to give it some flavor.

Recipe inspired by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

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My kids actually really loved this. My pickiest of eaters ate it too…though drenched in applesauce, which is my family’s favorite condiment- so weird. But they liked it. And I am making sheet pan dinners from now on. I just threw it in the oven and set the timer- I got to clean up the kitchen or play a game of war with the kids while we were waiting- totally low-stress. That’s the part I liked the best. I am sold– sheet pan dinner, you are my new favorite weeknight meal!pork loin filet

If you love pork for dinner, check out my other easy pork recipes, like my (fast)Double-Peppered Skillet Pork Chops or my (slow) Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops.

 

Easy Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops #SundaySupper

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

We love pork chops around here. So much so, that I thought I’d share a little cheer- yes, cheer, as in “cheer-leader, cheer” about pork chops…

Pork chop, pork chop, greazy, greazy.

We’re gonna beat you easy, easy. (yea! insert pompoms and cheers here)

Ha! Yes. See? We love pork chops in my house, although we don’t always cheer for them! I don’t know about you all, but I cook all week long, three meals a day. So when my husband has a handful of recipes that he likes to make off the grill…I say, “Hurrrah!” And just so you know these are NOT “greazy, greazy”! Look how NOT greasy these are:

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

This recipe is delicious! It is the very first recipe that he made me when we were dating, and he made it again, for my mother when she came to visit…now that is confidence. My mom is a great cook, so he was worried…but she absolutely loved these pork chops and now she requests it when she comes to stay.

I just know you will love this super easy, super yummy, and very kid-friendly dinner! Serve it with some mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash, and a green veggie for a special dinner or a weeknight meal- it works for both~

All you need to make the seasoning mix is a few ingredients:

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Then, you do is “shake & bake” these bad boys, and they turn out great!

Easy Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Easy Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Bone-in pork chops
  • 1 small bottle "zesty" italian dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250*
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or sprayed foil.
  3. In a large dish or bowl add the chops and cover with the italian dressing. Flip around so the chops are coated on both sides with the dressing.
  4. In a large covered tupperware, or you can use a gallon ziplock too, add the breadcrumbs and spices. Shake to mix.
  5. Take the chops out one at a time and place them in the tupperware or bag, and close. Shake around until totally coated. Place on the baking sheet. Continue to do this until all the chops are done.
  6. Bake for one hour.
  7. Flip them over.
  8. Bake for another hour.
  9. Test for doneness. If they need more time, you can cook for 20-30 more minutes, depending on how thick your chops were. When done, serve right away! Or make a double batch and give one to your mom or neighbor...They will love it!
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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.

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops