1 pound ground turkey
1 whole egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus ½ cup for broth
1/4 cup raw spinach, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup ditalini or other small pasta, cooked
1 quart chicken stock or broth
Chopped carrots, broccoli and/or additional spinach (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine turkey, egg, 1/3 cup cheese, and spinach together lightly and season to taste with salt and pepper. Form meatballs the size of a quarter. Bake for 20 minutes, or until fully cooked.
2. Bring chicken stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan. If using additional vegetables, stir them in, and cook until tender. Stir in ½ cup parmesan, cooked pasta, and meatballs before serving. For a school lunch, the meatballs can be transported in a container and the broth in a separate thermos, to be assembled at lunchtime.
Per serving (without optional vegetables): 422 calories; 44 grams protein; 10 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram sugar; 23 grams fat; 177 milligrams cholesterol; 1,166 milligrams sodium; trace dietary fiber.