Friday, November 13, 2015

It's a Friday the 13th Feast Day

"Friday the 13th"s have never really bothered me. It's so cool to know that today's Friday the 13th is actually Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini's feast day.  Mother Cabrini is a great example of taking what you've been given and using it to the glory of God. You can read more about here amazing life here.
In honor of St. Frances Cabrini,and since today is Friday, here's a recipe for a low sodium spaghetti with meatless meatballs from The Daily Dish.

Low-Sodium Spaghetti with Meatless Meatballs

Serves 6.

SODIUM CONTENT: 81 mg per serving
Meatless Meatballs:
1/2 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
1/3 c. uncooked bulgur
1 t. olive oil
4 oz. baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1/2 c. sliced scallions
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1/3 c. chopped walnuts
1/3 c. panko
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/4 t. red hot-pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
1- 25-oz. jar no-salt-added pasta sauce
1 lb. dried spaghetti
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
In a small saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the bulgur, stir to combine, and remove pot from heat. Cover the pot and let stand 20 minutes. Drain any excess broth and set aside.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium. Add the mushrooms and scallions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar. Remove from heat and spread mixture on a plate to cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
Place the mushroom mixture and walnuts into a food processor. Pulse until coarse. Add the bulgur and finely chop. Add the remaining “meatball” ingredients and pulse to combine. Let stand 5 minutes to absorb liquid. 
Pour the pasta sauce into a pot or saute pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, use a tablespoon to scoop out the meatball batter and gently add the meatballs to the pan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes, until the balls are firm. Turn the meatballs halfway through the cooking time, being very gentle so as not to break them.
Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to package directions (omitting salt). 
Serve the pasta topped with meatless meatballs and sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Buono Appetito!

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