Thursday, January 8, 2009

Spinach Meatballs

Hi guys :) I'm thrilled its Thursday night! It has been a busy day for sure! After work, I took Body Pump and then cleaned the apartment. For dinner, I made sort of a random combination of things- Meatballs and Broccoli!

Ingredients
1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 egg
1 cup spinach cut into thin pieces

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients until combined. Roll into approximately 1 1/2 in diameter balls. Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle. Add to sauce warmed on stove:

I also cooked up some shell pasta for Josh (sorry its dark...the lightening in our apartment is terrible):

My bowl- Meatballs over broccoli....I'm strange ;)

Josh and I got a fun package from Josh's mom today that included dried pineapple (!!) and this oat bran from TJs! Does anyone have any cool recipes using oat bran (bars, cookies, breakfast items??):

Phew! Still tons to do tonight. Hopefully I tear right through it. I try to get as much done on Thursday nights so I don't have as much to do over the weekend!!

27 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Good luck with the rest of your to-do list tonight!!

Becca said...

I love the little strips of spinach in the meatballs.

Erin of Care to Eat said...

What a simple an easy recipe! I love the idea of subbing broccoli for pasta. :) Have fun busting your booty tonight!

Esi said...

Nice dinner!! Once again, I am at a loss for recipes, but I am sure you will do something good with your oat bran.

K said...

Oh - I love the bowls!! Where did they come from if you don't mind me asking?

strongandhealthy said...

Those meatballs look great!

ttfn300 said...

mmm, i love adding spinach to meatballs :) if i have a chance i'll do a quick search on oat bran recipes...

thanks for asking, I am loving boston so far. Still need to get out on the town, but it feels very much like philly, so it was easy to feel "settled". almost unpacked, too! haha, I think i'm down to 1 box.

Fitnessista said...

meatballs on broccoli sounds wonderful!
good luck with all of your to-do list :D

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

You are so not weird! I always use veggies as a base instead of pasta, broccoli being my favorite.

Sammie always uses oat bran, and I ate an excellent Sammie inspired meal the other day. It would be great for b'fast, but I actually ate it for dinner :) I made 2/3 cup blueberry tea, and then added 1/3 cup oat bran. I let the bran soak up the tea - 10-15 minutes or so. Then stirred in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, blueberries, and some dry cereal for crunch. Topped it all off with a mini scoop of almond butter. It was creamy and delightful. Highly recommended!

Heather said...

yum! i love the idea of putting meatballs over broccoli! and they look great with the spinach in them :)

Sharon said...

Wow, that looks amazingly delicious! Meatballs + broccoli! YUMMY! Thanks for sharing!

And good luck with the rest of the things to do. Have a great night!

Madison Song said...

haha! that seems like a good combo to me- meatballs over broccoli! oh wow it looks so good~

HangryPants said...

I love the recipe's simplicity and addition of spinach! I like the idea of putting it over broccoli, but I love pasta too much to pass up!!!!

I've never used oat bran!

Katie said...

Hmm... I wonder if I could make that with fake meat? It looks too good not to try... Good luck getting everything done tonight!

Amira said...

meatballs and broccoli looks ultra cool together!
ChocolateCoveredVegan uses oat bran in some yumm breakfast recipes, she got me into it, but i dn't have any sorry

Have a great night

eatingbender said...

I think meatballs over broccoli totally trumps pasta! I'm serious! That way I could have a slice of garlic bread or something on the side and really be set :o)

pigpigscorner said...

Spinach in meatballs make them sound healthier =) looks relly delicious.

lborg said...

Meatballs over brocolli sounds really good to me! (btw, it's Friday!) have any exciting weekend plans?

dailygoods said...

the meatballs look so good! i'm going to try the recipe for sure :)

Danielle said...

I usually have broccoli as a side dish when I make something spaghetti sauce, but why not just sub it for the pasta. Thanks for a great combo idea. Isn't it funny how sometimes mixing things that sound weird usually taste the best.

Maria said...

Nice way to add in an extra veggie! You are always gettning packages! Lucky girl! Have a fun weekend? Any fun plans? We are having friends over tonight but I don't know what else we will do!

lauren said...

I think your dinner looks great. I cant believe I hadnt thought to BAKE meatballs before. especially after making turkey meatloaves in the oven. It just occured to me after reading this. THANK YOU. It will save me a messy pan to clean. :)

Sarah said...

I don't think that's a strange combination! I love putting spaghetti toppings on vegetables. They pair really well together!

My job is going well- but I'm a 'job' gal, not a 'career' gal. I look forward to the day when my title is 'homemaker.' :-)

Are you still loving your new city? When do you move into your house?

Raspberry Runner said...

mmm...your dinner looks good!
i've had success with substituting oat bran for AP flour in muffins before, but i usually just grind up oats in my food processor instead of buying oat bran...i'm pretty sure its the same thing

Meghann said...

I know I saw the Larabars are on sale! Trust me I'm going to stock up this weekend! :)

Juliet said...

Dried pineapple. Sounds great! By the way, cute plates.. :)

Lori said...

The meatballs sound great! I love making up a batch and having them in the freezer for whenever I'm ready. The meatball and broccoli combo looks really good.

My only idea for oat bran is muffins. Boring, i know. :)