While March 8 is "National Meatball Day," any day is the perfect time to get in touch with your “inner Italian” by making authentic Italian meatballs “the old fashioned way.” Watch along as Inside Look TV dishes how to make meatballs step-by-step in the “California Living” TV show, featuring Sonoma Executive Chef Graziano Perozzi and his delicious and satisfying Italian meatball recipe on this page. There are a few good reasons why there is a day set aside like National Meatball Day to honor the mighty meatball. Spaghetti and meatballs is a nutritious dish on the Party Girl Diet - and right up there with pizza and cheeseburgers as one of America's favorite meals. Meatballs even get a little play by famous people in the public spotlight:
I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night. ~ Lady Gaga
Nutrition wise, Lady Gaga's dad was on to something. Even famous Italian actress Sophia Loren attributes her beauty to spaghetti in one of her famous quotes: “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” While one cannot promise eating "meatballs and spaghetti" will make you as talented as Lady Gaga or as beautiful as Sophia Loren, below are nutrition worthy reasons to make meatballs and spaghetti on National Meatball Day as well as any day of the year:
- Meatballs are a great source of protein.
- Meatballs are an excellent low-carb meal when served as a main dish with anti-oxidant rich tomato sauce
- Italian meatballs made with fresh parsley aid in reducing belly bloat
- Italian Meatballs and fresh tomato sauce are made with anti-oxidant rich tomatoes, olive oil and garlic – 3 of "California Living’s Top 10 Foods Proven to enhance health and longevity."
Party Girl Diet nutrition tip: When you add meatballs to your spaghetti, you are actually doing your body good since studies show eating spaghetti or other high-carb foods alone can cause blood sugar levels to skyrocket – which can trigger inflammation in the body. This inflammation has been known to add up to 5 pounds of fluid buildup in your body tissues. What’s the “moral of this story?” Eating meatballs WITH your spaghetti is a delicious and satisfying way to fight inflammation and fluid buildup in your body.
It’s interesting to note that meatball recipes are like snow flakes – no two are exactly alike. This is especially true of Italian meatball recipes since Italian home cooks and chefs have been known to cook with their senses versus following a specific recipe. Meaning, they would often take into consideration the consistency, taste, feel and even aroma of their dishes in progress to see if they need to add for instance a little more cheese, or spices etc. This type of “traditional Italian cooking” can make it hard for people to find a truly authentic Italian meatball recipe. However, if you are reading this today, National Meatball Day is your lucky day because you can score not one but two authentic Italian Meatball Recipes right now to get this party started.
So go ahead, get in touch with your “inner Italian” and make some authentic Italian meatballs for someone you love tonight.
Until next time, keep the (healthy) party going ~ Aprilanne