Chia Seed Meatballs With Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

READY IN: 6hrs 30mins
SERVES: 8

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • SAUCE:
  • 1. Steam the carrots for 20 minutes until tender.
  • 2. Add the spinach to the carrots and continue to steam for 5 minutes.
  • 3. Add carrots and spinach to food processor and puree (approx. 2 minutes).
  • 4. Open one can of the petite diced tomatoes and add to the food processor, blending the tomatoes, carrots and spinach together until all large chunks are gone.
  • 5. In a large pot, warm olive oil over medium heat.
  • 6. Add the onions and saute until translucent.
  • 7. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  • 8. Then add the carrot/tomato/spinach mixture,along with all the remaining SAUCE ingredients.
  • 9. Simmer on low heat for 4-6 hours, uncovered. Stir occasionally.
  • MEATBALLS:
  • 1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2. Add all of the meatball ingredients to a bowl, and knead with hands until combined thoroughly.
  • 2. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes so chia seeds can soften.
  • 3. Form mixture into small meatballs and place in an ungreased 9x13 inch pan - should make 24 meatballs and fit the pan perfectly.
  • 4. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • 5. Once done, add the meatballs to the sauce cooking on the stove.
  • 6. Serve over your favorite pasta or on a hoagie!
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