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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tom Tom Turkey Meatballs (and Turkey Bacon) and Spaghetti Squash!

turkey baconWhen it comes to meats, one of my favorites is bacon!  I eat a lot of bacon – mostly low sodium turkey but some of the real stuff from time to time as well.  I'm known, actually, for my love affair with bacon. 

That being said, last night I tried something new.  I handmade turkey meatballs and marinated the meatballs in a sugar free tomato sauce with bacon.  I added 1/4 cup organic garden vegetable baby food.  Instead of spaghetti, I made a spaghetti squash and seasoned it with extra virgin olive oil, a touch of ground black pepper, and sea salt. 

For the spaghetti squash, half it, cut out the center with seeds and bake upside down on a cookie tray with 1/4 cup water for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Once it cools use a fork to scrape out the “pasta” and season with salt and a touch of olive oil. 

It made quite a delicious alternative and the smoky bacon (I cooked on the grill for extra flavor) really added something special.  My turkey meatballs are a piece of cake I get the lean ground turkey and grind up walnuts or cashews, about 1/2 cup per pound.  I used 5 eggs, 2 grated yellow onions, two tablespoons of crushed garlic, and a shaved carrot for the meatballs and then I cooked them on the stove.

The sauce was sugar free no salt added tomato in a can.  I put the 6 bacon slices, the sauce, the baby food, and the cooked meatballs in a crock pot for two hours of slow cooking.  The flavor was incredible.

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