Skinny Chicken Pesto Meatballs

When I got to the hospital yesterday morning, Tony was sleeping.ย  I didn’t want to wake him so I let him sleep another 30 minutes.ย  He woke up and saw me and said “please wake me when you get here – I don’t want miss any time with you.” ๐Ÿ˜€ย  (best line EVER!)

The mornings at the hospital are a flurry of activity – between 7:30 and 8:00 are the nurse shift changes – all the doctors make their rounds then.ย  Before I knew it I had to get to work.

I had the last slice of my zucchini quiche, 1.5 ounce of a whole grain bagel with a schmear of light hazelnut cream cheese (yum!) and some fresh fruit from the hospital – a large container (like you would get at Panera) is only $1.25!

Then my morning went by quick and when I went back to visit Tony at lunch – he had real food!

Sadly, while on a low fiber diet, the notes on his lunch tray said “no salt, no pepper, no caffeine, no carbonated drinks.”ย  So I had a bite of his pasta sauce but it was so bland I couldn’t eat more than one bite.

He did enjoy his sherbert though! ๐Ÿ˜€

No one rocks a hospital gown like you honey! ๐Ÿ˜€

I rocked my own pasta for lunch.ย  Yep, believe it or not, I got home from the hospital at around 9:30 last night and started to make chicken pesto meatballs!

Now these are not as good as the chicken pesto meatballs I made for my Mom’s 70th birthday, but these were still pretty good – 5 meatballs for 4 points!

Skinny Chicken Pesto Meatballs (printer friendly version here)

  • each meatball: 35 calories, 1.2 fat, 1.1 carbs, 4.9 protein, 0 fiber = 1 WW Point per ball (I love saying balls!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients in the food processor – don’t worry, the mix will be a little wet.
  3. Make a meatball about the size of a marble – I got 40 meatballs out of this recipe.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.ย  Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.ย  Spray with Pam and toss the meatballs in the pan to brown.
  5. Serve with your favorite pasta, or dipping sauce as an appetizer.

4 points of whole wheat pasta, 4 points of balls, zucchini and tomato sauce = 8 WW points for this bowl ๐Ÿ˜€

I brought this same dish to two of my co-workers and my one friend said “I like the pasta, and the sauce, but I love those dang little meatballs!”ย  I thought they could have been spicier, but that’s just me! ๐Ÿ˜€

When I got to the hospital after work, Tony looked so tired.ย  He said that one of the doctors said he should only be in bed if he’s taking a nap or sleeping during the night, otherwise he should sit in the recliner and walk frequently.ย  He walked the floor six times before I got there.ย  He had his dinner plate – not even worth a picture – tough over cooked pork and cooked carrots – I had a couple bites and pushed it to the side.

He wanted to walk again, so we did.ย  When we got back I told him to get into bed and just rest.ย  I got him all snuggled with the blanket so he was warm.ย  I turned the lights off except for the t.v. that was on low.ย  He had his hands resting on his chest, and he grabbed my left hand and held it.ย  Within a minute he was asleep.ย  He looked so peaceful!ย  He slept from 6:15 until 8:00 p.m.ย  I couldn’t move because he had my hand and I knew he felt safe with me there toย  sleep. ๐Ÿ˜€

He probably would have slept longer if there wasn’t a nurse shift change.ย  Around 9:15 though Tony asked “did you have any dinner?”ย  I told him the cafeteria had long closed and I would just get something when I got home.ย  When the night nurse came back he said “my wife is diabetic, is there any way you can get her any food so I know she can drive home safely?”ย  So sweet of him to think of me!

So my dinner:

I don't do mayo - so it was a plain turkey sandwich on white bread

It hit the spot!ย  I haven’t entered my food into eTools yet, but I don’t think I went over.

My hope is to have Tony home by the weekend – send us your good thoughts so that happens! ๐Ÿ˜€

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