Heart Smart Turkey Meatballs with Sauce and Whole Wheat Pasta

After his open heart surgery, David Held knew he had to revamp his lifestyle. By making simple adjustments, this self-proclaimed foodie was able to change the way he looked at food, while still keeping his favorite meals on the menu. Below is his Dr. Oz-approved turkey meatballs and sauce recipe to keep your heart healthy and strong.

2 can (28 oz) Crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp Tomato paste
1 Onion (finely chopped)
4-6 cloves Chopped garlic
1 Small green pepper (finely chopped optional)
1 bunch Fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
2 Fresh basil leaves (ripped or shredded)
2 tbsp Oregano
1 tbsp Garlic powder
1 tbsp Onion powder
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp Grated cheese
2 tbsp Canola oil
2 lbs Extra lean ground turkey
1 Small onion finely chopped
1 tsp Grated cheese
3 cloves Chopped garlic
1/2 cup Egg substitue
4-6 slices Light whole wheat bread
1 cup Skim milk

Soak bread in a portion of the milk; keep the rest of the milk in reserve.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Be careful not to over mix. Remove bread from milk and tear apart; place in bowl with other ingredients.

Mix gently with your hands until evenly combined. If mixture seems dry add a little of the reserved milk as necessary. Use an ice cream scoop to form the meatballs. Keep the meatballs evenly shaped, roll in hands until round.

Add canola oil to a deep pot. Over medium heat, brown meatballs evenly on all sides. Pull out and set aside.

Keep pot on medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, stirring and picking off the brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add garlic, but do not brown it, as it will turn it bitter.

Add herbs, spices and tomato paste so flavors can combine. Add crushed tomatoes. Fill cans 1/4 of the way with water; add water to the pot. You can add more water to create desired thickness. Add meatballs back into sauce and let simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour until the meatballs are completely cooked through.

Cook your favorite whole wheat pasta and serve.