There are only 2 Wednesday’s left in August. Which means, fall is right around the corner. So I am going to do my best to soak up all that summer has to offer. Indulging in fresh fruit and veggies is one of my favorite things about the warm weather. Lots of summer staples including watermelon, peaches and zucchini found their way to my plate today and I scarfed down every last bit!
1 cup orange juice
2 cups peeled and cubed eggplant, misted with cooking spray and roasted at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes
Highlights: Dinner was delicious! The meatballs were juicy and tender. The arugula tomato mixture made a yummy sauce. And the roasted eggplant helped to round out the meal. Freddie and I agreed this will become a household staple.
Lowlights: I wasn’t a huge fan of the salad. It had a bit too many beans in it and I felt like it was missing a creaminess (from mayo or Greek yogurt). But the chips were a good addition and were delicious when dipped in the salad.
Italian Meatball Casserole
1 lb extra-lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
1 cup minced Vidalia onion
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper
1 Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Burger Bun, sliced into 16 rounds
1 tsp olive oil
4 cups baby arugula
2 cups chopped tomatoes
3 1/2 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1. Preheat broiler to high. Arrange 1 oven rack 8 inches from top heat source.
2. In a large bowl, gently mix beef, two-thirds of garlic, onion and Italian seasoning until just combined. Season with salt and pepper and form into 20 balls. Transfer to a large baking dish and broil on top rack, turning halfway, until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, toss bun with olive oil and remaining third of garlic. Spread on a baking sheet and broil, turning halfway, until light golden on both sides. Reduce oven heat to 400 degrees F.
4. Add arugula and tomatoes to meatballs and toss to combine. Nestle bun vertically amongst meatballs and sprinkle cheese over top. Bake in center of oven until cheese is bubbly and light golden, about 15 minutes.
Recipe from Clean Eating
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