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Chicken Parmesan Meat Balls

One of the joys of Facebook is seeing great recipes that you are never quite sure will work.

This weekend I made a new dish from a recipe I saw on Facebook called Chicken Parmesan Meatballs. It was a cool video that showed a pair of hands dumping in ingredients and mixing it all together before cooking it all.

chicken-meatballs-ingredientsI can’t say that the video gave exact measurements but the ingredient list was easy to follow. And let’s be honest, those of us who cook a lot can make meatballs from scratch without a measuring cup.

So first I had to make the ground chicken. That took two and 1/3 lbs. of skinless, boneless chicken breast which I put through my food processor. After that I mixed in in mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, panko, and two eggs. You can put in spices such as garlic or Italian seasoning.  I added some garlic but I could have done more. I wish I had but at least I did not over salt it. I hate overly salted food.
After rolling up the meatballs I put them in a 13×9 baking pan chicken-meatballs-before-bakingthat had been sprayed with Pam. I actually had to use a 8×8 for some extra meatballs. Those went into a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes to cook. I know that most people like to fry their meatballs but I don’t. I prefer to bake them and that is what I did.

During this time I simmered tomato sauce starter (that my husband made with his bounteous tomato harvest) and a small can of tomato paste, adding small basil leaves from our herb pots. Because I did not grab enough of the starter from our freezer, I added a jar of marinara. This is when I also got the water for the pasta going.

chicken-meatballs-coveredOnce the chicken meatballs were done in the oven, I transferred them to a different 13×9 pan, squishing in all 39 meatballs. I covered the meat balls with sauce, covered that with mozzarella cheese and put back in the oven until the cheese was fully melted.

Now during this time I forced asked my daughter to set the table. I put the small green beans in the microwave, put the pasta in the water, and waited for it all to finish. During the waiting I chopped some parsley in case anyone wanted to sprinkle it over their meal. Yep, just me and the husband did that.

Now, you eagle eyed readers might note that I used an organic paste that is supposed to be better for you. I did have to cook it a little longer than the package said and I prefer a slightly softer pasta anyway.

chicken-meatballs-platedIt looked pretty on the plate and tasted good too. In fact, the left overs were gone by the following lunch time. You might be wondering why there is so little pasta on the plate. As some of you know I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Smaller pasta portions keep my body happy.

Yep, this is a recipe I will probably make again. I hope no one asks for exact amounts on the ingredients.

What are you making for supper?

 

 

In this world of eating healthy, I have made the effort to cut out those foods I know are bad.

Years ago I cut out soda to lose weight and make my rosacea ease away. And I gave up red wine that made my skin just flame up. That effort was totally worth it.

To make that transition easier I began drinking more tea, especially green tea in the morning.

So far, so good.

I have added more fruit and vegetables to various meals. I have added a regular exercise routine. But the next step is to start cutting out the ‘white’ elements of our diet – white sugar, white bread and white rice.

So I bravely picked out a whole-grain pasta from Barilla. I like Barilla pasta as it has fun shapes and does everything I want from pasta. My Mac-and-cheese owes everything to the cork screw shaped macaroni from Barilla.

This night I knew I was changing things up and no one in the house was looking forward to it. They had seen the slightly different colored box and knew I was trying to make them eat healthy. Four kids and a husband were not happy about this. I do not count the dog because he can – and will – eat anything.

That is why I picked up Encor’s Chicken Parmesan, aka red things, to go along with the meal. You always need to make sure there is something they do like matched with the unknown food. Most of the time, I make it biscuits. They may not eat the goulash but they will fill up on biscuits. Since this night the new food was pasta, I decided to make the alleged protein the familiar item.

I cooked the pasta and it was not the familiar yellow color. To make matters worse, it was a bit crunchy despite my over-cooking it. Barilla pasta normally floats over the tongue, is easily crushed by the teeth and leaves a pleasant after-taste. The crunchy-ness was not acceptable.

It was a disaster.

The kids hated it, my husband proclaimed we would never buy whole grain pasta again. The dog wondered how much he was going to get.

I have friends who say they love whole-grain pasta, that their kids eat it willingly. Well, at least mine willingly eat the red things.

Karyn Bowman is also known as Mom Goes to the Movies. She lives in Kankakee County with her outdoor writer husband and four children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.