Each week, your favourite dishes get a healthy and delectable make-over!
What makes this recipe so much better than the original? For one thing, substituting vitamin A-rich sweet potato for traditional pasta will cut your carb load nearly in half, the spuds have 26 grams per cup, compared with 43 grams in a cup of noodles. Using ground turkey in place of beef also means two-thirds less saturated fat, while still maintaining a good supply of energizing iron. Plus the dish also includes fibre, and protein-packed faro, as well as turmeric, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Check out the recipe below.
You Will Need:
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 cup cooked faro
1 cup spinach leaves
4 egg whites
4 Tbsp chopped onion
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp turmeric
Pinch of salt and pepper
4 sweet potatoes
4 Tbsp grated Asiago cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350F. To make meatballs, mix together the first eight ingredients by hand, then roll into 16 balls, each about 1 inch in diameter.
2. Place the balls on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
3. Meanwhile, wash and peel sweet potatoes. Then, using the peeler, make thin ribbons from the flesh of the potatoes. Top Tip: To make ribbon peeling easier, first square off one side of your sweet potato with a knife.
4. Blanch ribbons in boiling salted water, then drain. Serve meatballs atop the ribbons, sprinkled with grated Asiago.
Makes 4 Servings. Per serving: 330 cal, 4 g fat (1.5 g sat), 38 g carbs, 6 g sugar, 260 mg sodium, 6 g fibre, 37 g protein.