Meatball Parmesan: Healthier Option

If you love meatballs, you know they’re not that healthy for you–and if you love the Italian classic Meatball Parmesan, you don’t have to go without. Dr. Oz shares this recipe to help you get your cravings, without as many calories.




  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp jarred garlic
  • 2 egg whites
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • Whole wheat penne pasta (Up to a half a 12 oz box)
  • 2 boxes of frozen spinach
  • Jarred garlic to taste
  • Basil (fresh or dried)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Reggiano cheese or shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 (15-oz) cans of tomato sauce



Combine ground chicken, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl—then add egg whites and bread crumbs to the mixture. Now, use your clean hands to incorporate all the ingredients. Make them into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet—bake on 350 for 25-30 minutes. Leave oven on when meatballs are done!

Cook whole wheat pasta for 7 to 9 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large pan and add frozen spinach. Cook so the water evaporates, a few minutes. Add garlic, let it cook together for another 2-3 minutes. Add cans of tomato sauce and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Mix it all together. Combine pasta and spinach sauce together in baking dish. Nestle in the meatballs, top with cheese and put back into oven until bubbling (about 10 minutes).

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