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Meals for the guys…

We have to make adjustments when we change our eating habits, but some things die hard. I still love french fries, wings and meatball hoagies (or subs for those of you not familiar with our Pittsburgh term). So I decided to make a clean version of the meatball hoagie and fries. I want my hubby to enjoy this stuff too, so it is important to find things that are not too far out of his comfort zone.

Joey makes his own pasta sauce that is pretty awesome. He has a little chef hidden in there. I just have to get him to come out. So I will be using his sauce as a topper for the meatball hoagies. Sorry, he won’t share that recipe! It’s top secret! But if you ever want to come over, he will happily make it for you! But in case you want to try this on your own, here is a Clean Spaghetti Sauce recipe. I haven’t tried it, but it sounds pretty good!

I got this recipe from my new favorite blog, The Gracious Pantry. I was in the mood for meatball hoagies with pasta/marinara sauce, so I just made the balls not the dill sauce found in this recipe.

Ingredients

My notes:

*I used Jennie O Extra Lean 99/1, which comes in a package of 1.25lbs and I found it came out to the perfect consistency for the balls

*I am not a huge fan of onions, but I do appreciate what it can do for flavor, so I actually used about a tablespoon of onion powder instead

*I used panko crumbs because that is all I had

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.

2. Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well with your hands. *Engaged ladies – take your ring off please!*

3. Once fully blended, roll mixture into 1 inch balls and place approximately 1 inch apart from each other.

4. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.

5. Let cool and enjoy! Makes about 30 balls.

For the fries, I just took a sweet potato, sliced it into strips and placed them on a foil-lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. I sprinkled them with a little seasoning salt and baked at 375 for 20 minutes.

I decided to use a tortilla wrap for my roll in lieu of the bun and topped it with a bit of sauce and even though it isn’t very “clean,” I added a ┬ábit of mozzarella cheese. Yum!

And that is it! These were super easy to make and I would definitely do it again. They worked out perfectly with the sauce because the sauce added a little more flavor. However, if you are planning on eating the meatballs without sauce, you may want to play around with the spices or leave the dried onions in the ingredients. They were a tad bland without the sauce. I would try adding Italian seasoning or a mixture of basil, oregano and parsley. No salt!! Excellent with the sauce though!


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