I am trying to do better at planning our menus and spending less time at the grocery store (that is a real stretch for me, because I love reviewing recipes and could spend hours at a grocery store trying to find just the right ingredients). I stumbled across this recipes at www.skinnytaste.com and knew I had to try it.
This recipe could be made meatless, although, the ground turkey really adds nice flavor and texture!! I don't have a photo of the ingredients needed but I have "how-to" photos.....
First you want to brown your turkey and onion; add peas and tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes on low:
Coat a 9x12 (I only had a 9x13) with cooking spray and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. of seasoned bread crumbs:
Take 1/2 the rice mixture (a little more if needed) and pat into bottom of pan:
Top with turkey mixture and sprinkle w/ 3/4 C. Cheese:
Top with remaining rice, sauce, cheese and 2 Tbsp. bread crumbs:
Sicilian Rice Ball Casserole (adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes)
2 Cups, uncooked long grain rice
4 Cups Water
1 lb. Ground Turkey
1/4 C. Onion, Chopped
1/4 C. Onion, Chopped
5 oz. peas
24 oz. Spaghetti Sauce (homemade or store bought)
3 Egg Whites
1/2 C. Parmesan Cheese
4 Tbsp. Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 1/4 C. Shredded, Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
DIRECTIONS: Cook rice, in water, according to package directions. Set aside to cool. Saute turkey and onion until browned. Season with Salt and Pepper if desired. (I added a tsp. Italian Seasoning). Add peas and 8 oz. of sauce. Simmer on low, 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl combine rice, parmesan, egg whites and 4 oz. of sauce. Mix well, rice should be a bit sticky. Spray a 9x12 baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. bread crumbs, roll around to make sure pan is coated. Take 1/2 the rice mix and cover bottom and sides of dish. PRess to form bottom layer. Add meat and peas. Sprinkle 3/4 C. mozzarella on top. Add remaining rice mix and press until even. Top with remaining 1/2 c. sauce, cheese and breadcrumbs. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer. Cut into 8 pieces and serve with a salad!
For any of my weight watching friends this recipe is 8 pts. for 1 piece.