Friday, June 3, 2011


I recently saw a picture of a mouthwatering meatball sandwich in a magazine.  It prompted cravings not to be ignored.  If you are a regular reader, you probably know that meat is not often in my recipes.  I frequently cook with meat substitutes that populate the vegetarian sections of the market.  These meatballs were delicious using a product called Lightlife Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style.  Of course, you can substitute a pound of ground beef or turkey if you like.

Once the meatballs are made, the sandwich comes together quickly and is oh. . so. . good.

Paired with fruit, it makes an easy meal that satisfies those persistent cravings.

Italian Meatballs

1 14-ounce tube Lightlife Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style (or 1 pound ground beef or turkey)
1/3 cup nonfat liquid egg substitute
4 Laughing Cow light garlic and herb cheese wedges, room temperature
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients using hands to mix well.  Form 20 meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches diameter each.  Place on baking sheet coated with olive oil spray, parchment paper, or Silpat.  Bake at 450 degrees F. for 12 minutes (or 18 minutes if using beef or turkey).  Makes 5 servings of 4 meatballs, each serving 3 points plus using Gimme Lean.

For meatball sandwich, combine 4 meatballs with 1/4 cup heated pasta sauce.  Place in toasted light hot dog bun or sandwich roll and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Adjust points plus accordingly.  Enjoy!

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