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Monday, January 14, 2019

Oatmeal Helps Bind The Meatballs

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month?? Oatmeal provides many essential vitamins and nutrients that the body needs. Oatmeal is a great weapon in the battle against heart disease, lower cholesterol and help maintain blood sugar because of the Vitamin B and E, calcium, magnesium, Zinc, fiber and phosphorus it contains.

Many times health items are marketed to the public in exchange for hard earned money. That is another area that oatmeal has going for it. The great health benefits of oatmeal are extremely affordable and versatile Oatmeal is a great hot breakfast, provides a good afternoon snack in oatmeal and raisin cookies. Oatmeal is commonly found on the pantry shelf and is found and used in many recipes. Oatmeal can be exchanged for bread crumbs in meatloaf, hamburgers, and meatballs or to "bread" chicken, beef or pork. Oatmeal is the perfect item to help you eat healthy and stay on budget.

Meatballs made with oatmeal

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
½ cup rolled oats
1 egg
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine ground beef, oats, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and 1/3 cup marinara sauce.
Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and let cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Let onions/garlic mixture cool slightly and add to ground beef mixture and mix together.
Shape meat mixture into 12 to 14 large golf ball sized balls. Place meatballs in a 9×13 pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove meatballs from oven. Top each meatball with 1 to 2 tablespoons marinara sauce. Place meatballs back in oven and cook for 8 minutes more. Remove meatballs from oven. Top each meatball with 1/2 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Place meatballs back in oven for 1 to 2 minutes to melt cheese.

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