Balance Your Cholesterol: Oats contain soluble fiber, which if eaten regularly, can go a long way in reducing LDL, or bad, cholesterol. This Clean Eating recipe is a delicious way to reap these benefits.
2 oz jarred roasted red peppers (packed in water), drained and diced
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves, plus additional sprigs for garnish
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
In a large bowl, combine beef, egg whites, oats, parsley, fennel and pepper flakes. Mix well and shape into 24 1-inch balls.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Working in batches, add meatballs and cook, turning frequently, for 7 to 8 minutes, until cooked through.
Spoon pasta and meatballs into soup bowls, dividing evenly. To pasta pot, add broth, red peppers, oregano and salt; bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Spoon into bowls and top with cheese. (TIP: For added flavor, drizzle servings with extra-virgin olive oil.) Garnish with additional oregano.
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