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Meal Planning: Italian Turkey Meatballs Courtesy of

26 September 2012

Mr. Collier and I are starting to meal plan as the next step beyond couponing for saving for our family. This week in Nashville, Kroger has 1lb ground turkey for $2.50 (2/$5). We happened to have a store coupon to bring that down to $2.00. I did a little research before we left for the store of some recipes utilizing the ground turkey and stumbled across a delicious Italian meatball crockpot recipe from SkinnyTaste. I am here to report how fantastic this recipe is!

I had to make a few adjustments because of my garlic intolerance (dropped the garlic step) and we did have to purchase ingredients such as bay leaf outside of our normal pantry stock (~$2.33). The recipe was super easy and yielded around 13 meatballs of decent size for dinner and at least one meatball sandwich for tomorrow. The thing that I love the most about SkinnyTaste is at the bottom of each recipe she lists the calories, Weight Watchers points and basic nutritional information making calorie counting easy!

I started off (at 6:30 a.m. this morning) by placing one can of Kroger tomato sauce and one can of diced tomatoes into the crockpot with a little brown sugar, Italian seasoning, pepper and chili powder. Then I added the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, turkey meat, egg, regular salt and pepper, and some Italian seasoning together in a bowl. I took off my rings and dug my hands right in. I formed golf ball sized meatballs and placed them delicately into the sauce mixture. I washed my hands and on went the cover. The meatballs cooked on low for approximately ten hours and when I came home they were ready to go! I made a quick salad with cottage cheese and picked out the four most handsome meatballs I could find. A little sauce on top was all it needed. They were savory, filling and flavorful. Everything a $4.50 purchase could offer! Collier meal planning is starting off on the right foot!

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