Also, we are five weeks into the new year (can you believe that?!) and I am excited to say I have lost 10.8 pounds so far! Brian has lost 13 pounds as well! Amazing! Check out my friend, Missy's blog for more great recipes! She has lost 13 lbs this year since changing her eating habits, and falling back in love with clean, fresh, healthy cooking!
now, onto this great recipe!
1 lb 95% lean ground beef
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 large egg white
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano, divided
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped, divided
Olive oil cooking spray
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips (4 oz)
1 medium red or orange bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips (4 oz)
1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips (3 oz)
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh tomatoes, seeded, chopped and squeezed to release juices, seeds and juices discarded
1 tsp dried basil
14 oz whole-wheat baguette (18-inch long; widest baguette you can find)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine beef, oats, egg white, tomato paste, thyme, 1/2 tsp oregano, black pepper and 1 clove garlic. Line a sheet pan with nonstick foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Form beef mixture into 1-inch balls, making about 25. Place balls on pan, not allowing them to touch. On another sheet pan, toss zucchini, bell pepper and onion with oil. Put both pans in oven and set timer for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, stir together tomatoes, basil, remaining 1/2 tsp oregano and remaining 1 clove garlic. When timer goes off, remove meatballs from oven and pour tomato mixture over them. Use a metal spatula to turn meatballs to coat with tomato mixture. Place back in oven for another 10 minutes, again setting timer. When timer goes off again, remove meatballs and set aside. Stir vegetables, return to oven and roast for another 10 minutes.
- Slice baguette into 4 sections, then slice each section in half horizontally so it opens like a book. Spread open each section and tear out a bit of bread from the middle to make room for the meatballs. Toast bread in toaster or under a hot broiler for 1 minute to crisp.
- To assemble sandwiches, open up each piece of toasted bread, pile on a quarter of meatball mixture and top with a quarter of roasted vegetables. Close sandwich and serve with a fork for any stray meatballs and sauce.