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Turkey Meatballs And Peppers

main dishes, turkey

12 ounces ground turkey
1/2 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon fennel seeds; crushed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder; divided
1/4 teaspoon salt; divided
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
nonstick cooking spray
2 cups red and green bell pepper strips
14 1/2 ounces canned tomatoes; broken up
1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
8 ounces penne; cooked
--or other tubular pasta

1. In large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, onion powder, fennel seeds, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons water; form mixture into 1-inch meatballs.

2. Coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add meatballs; cook, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until well-browned and cooked through. Remove skillet from heat. With slotted spoon, remove meatballs.

3. Spray skillet again with cooking spray. Add peppers; cook, stirring, about 5 minutes, until crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, oregano and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.

4. Return meatballs to skillet; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and meatballs are heated through. Serve with cooked pasta.

Per serving: About 296 calories, 21g protein, 34g carbohydrate, 9g fat, 26% calories from fat, 67mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 4g fiber.

Busted by Gail Shermeyer <>

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Contributor: Lose Weight & Stay Fit, Woman's Day V7#5

Yield: 4 servings

Preparation Time: 0:40

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