Lean Beef Spinach Meatball Pasta

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Delicious, quick, affordable, and healthy: those are the qualities I look for when I’m planning my diet. That’s why I like incorporating meatballs into my weekly meal prep. Not only can I make them using different meats, but I can pack in a lot of delicious protein at a small cost with little hassle. Add your carb source and veggies, and you’ve got a certified muscle-building meal without breaking the bank.

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Ingredients

FOR MEATBALLS:
6 oz lean ground beef
1/2 cup shredded raw spinach
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tbsp cumin
Sea salt and pepper, to taste

FOR PASTA:
2 oz wheat spinach pasta
1/8 cup marinara (natural and low sodium)
1 1/2 cup raw spinach
5 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp low fat parmesan cheese

Directions
Set oven to 405 degrees F.
For added flavor, saute the red onions in a skillet using spray olive or coconut oil.
Mix together ground beef, chopped raw spinach, red onion, garlic, and spices. Mix thoroughly using your hands until the spinach is completely mixed into the meat.
Form two or three meatballs of roughly the same size using your hands. For accuracy, you can use a food scale to weigh and measure each portion.
Place meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Cook pasta and stir in tomatoes, spinach, and cheese as desired.
Mix in cooked meatballs and enjoy!

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About the Author

photo 1 (1)Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.

He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.

The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”

Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!

Fit (Wo)Men Cook is the “fit” story of all of us. It is taking your individual success stories and things (in nutrition & fitness) that have worked for you, and sharing those ideas with the masses so we can all grow, improve together. Just everyday people – no matter the fitness level or athletic ability – aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Are you a Fit (Wo)Men Cook?

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