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How to Prepare These Easy Meals for your Family

Eating meals together as a family has a range of benefits. Research shows that it boosts kids’ grades, leads to healthier eating habits, and (believe it or not) helps relieve parental stress. In the following slideshow, I’ve assembled few healthy, easy-to-prepare meals that families can enjoy together. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Everyone loves pasta, but some dishes pack more calories than you—or your kids—need.

The hearty meatballs in this crowd-pleasing recipe use a combination of turkey sausage and lean ground sirloin, which keeps the dish under 300 calories per serving.

Ingredients: Spaghetti, tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, ground sirloin, sweet Italian turkey sausage, egg (or substitute), onion, garlic, basil, parsley.
• Sauce:
• Cooking spray
• 1 cup finely chopped onion
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium beef broth
• 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, undrained and chopped
• Meatballs:
• 1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
• 2 (4-ounce) links sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
• 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 2 tablespoons egg substitute
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 large egg
• 1 pound ground sirloin
• Remaining ingredients:
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
• 1 pound hot cooked spaghetti
• 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano
• Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)
Preparation:To prepare sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion; sauté for 3 minutes. Add 3 garlic cloves, and sauté 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and broth. Cook 4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Preheat broiler.
To prepare meatballs, place bread in a food processor, and process until fine crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Combine the breadcrumbs, sausage, 1/2 cup onion, and next 8 ingredients (through sirloin) in a bowl. With wet hands, shape sirloin mixture into 32 meatballs. Place meatballs on a broiler pan. Broil 15 minutes or until done. Add meatballs to sauce; simmer 15 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup parsley and 1/3 cup basil. Serve over spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese; garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

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Hello! I’m Elliot – An Engineer, An Entrepreneur, A Health & Lifestyle Blogger. Welcome to my blog where you can read all about living healthy,lifestyle info,relationships, and all things fun and inspiring! Thanks for stopping by!

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