Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I always thought I was a slow loser because it is no secret... I am a daily weigher. As a daily weigher, for some reason I always expect a loss, at least I always hope to have one anyways. I used to get discouraged when I weighed myself, but not anymore. Now I look at the overall picture. I look at how much I have lost during my entire weight loss journey and to be honest, I am pretty darn happy with my overall loss. Since being on Medifast, my total weight loss is 17.8 pounds. On June 1st, I joined two DietBet challenges and since then I have lost 8.6 pounds. As you can see, 8.6 pounds is a great number to focus on for 3 1/2 weeks rather than focusing on my scale not moving for three days :) What is important is that I am feeling fabulous about myself! Weight loss does that to you!

I am starting a DietBet challenge of my own beginning July 1st. If you are interested in joining that game you can go to Sandy's DietBet Challenge. It costs $25 to play. The main purpose of the game is for you to lose 4% of you total weight in 4 weeks. If you accomplish that, then you get to split the pot with everyone else who is a winner. There are already 114 players and the pot is at $2,850! I think it works for me because I hate to lose, especially when money is involved!

Now what about this awesome looking recipe I have below...

I got this recipe from Peace, Love and Low Carb and it looked amazing! What is great about her website is that she has a lot of tasty looking recipes that could possibly be adapted to fit the Medifast plan. Works for me!

Meatballs, tomato sauce and ooeey gooey cheese always make a perfect combination. Definitely looks like comfort food to me and I am all about trying food that reminds me of good old fashioned home cooking! I would have never imagined making one of my favorite meals, chicken Parmesan, into meatballs, but it works. The original recipe did call for pizza sauce, but I decided to use Italian diced tomatoes instead. Since this recipe already used a lot of Condiments, I figured subtracting from my Greens would work best. I just blended the diced tomatoes in a small chopper to get it to the consistency of tomato sauce or slightly chunkier, depending on how you like your sauce. I like mine a little chunky. Make sure you get Italian diced tomatoes instead of the regular kind because it already has the spices inside of it. There is no need to add more. Also, it is important to check your carbs on the back of the can. Some brands are 6 grams of carbs, while others are 10 grams per 1/2 cup! You need to find a brand that has less than 5 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup. I love Great Value Italian Diced Tomatoes.

Lastly, enjoy this recipe!


Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
 (Slightly adapted from Peace, Love and Low Carb)
Ingredients:

1 lb 93% ground chicken (2 1/4 Lean)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (4 Condiments)
1/4 tsp pepper (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp garlic salt (2 Condiments)
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp onion powder (1/2 Condiment)
3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided (3/4 Lean)
1 1/2 cups Great Value Italian diced tomatoes, divided (3 Greens)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray a 13 x 9 inch glass dish with cooking spray.
Blend diced tomatoes in a blender or small chopper to resemble tomato sauce or until desired consistency.
Combine ground chicken, Parmesan cheese, and spices. Add half of the mozzarella cheese (1.5 oz or 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp). Measure out 3 tbsp of tomato sauce and add to the ground chicken mixture until completely combined.
Form into meatballs. Since this recipe makes three servings, I made twenty-one meatballs. It is so much easier to divide the meatballs evenly when they are in increments of three such as 15, 18, 21, and so on.
Place meatballs in prepared glass dish. Bake for 25 minutes.
Spread tomato sauce over meatballs and sprinkle with the leftover mozzarella cheese.
Broil until cheese is melted.  Divide the meatballs into 3 servings. Enjoy!
3 Servings with 1 Lean, 1 Green (need 2 more!) and 2.6 Condiments per serving

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