Spaghetti and Meat Squares

Serves: 6
Total Calories: 198


1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon instant minced onion
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 jar (26 to 28 ounces) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
3 cups hot cooked spaghetti


1. Heat oven to 400°. Mix all ingredients except pasta sauce and spaghetti. Press mixture evenly in ungreased rectangular pan, 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 inches. Cut into 1 1/4-inch squares.

2. Bake uncovered about 15 minutes or until no longer pink in center and juice is clear drain. Separate meat squares.

3. Mix meat squares and pasta sauce in 3-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot. Serve over spaghetti.

TO MAKE AHEAD: Cool meat squares 5 minutes. Place on cookie sheet freeze uncovered 15 minutes. Place meat squares in airtight 1 1/2-quart freezer container and label. Freeze no longer than 2 months. About 45 minutes before serving, heat meat squares and pasta sauce to boiling in 3-quart saucepan reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot. Serve over spaghetti.

Having beef for dinner? Beef provides a super source of the mineral zinc, which is important for growth, wound healing and your ability to taste foods.

"During my good week when I'm on chemo, I cook make-ahead foods and freeze them so that on the days when I have less energy and can't cook, I can just put something in the oven and still have a great meal to eat with my family. It's important to use your energy wisely when you have it because it comes and goes during treatment." -ANNE R.

NUTRITION FACTS: High in iron, potassium, folic acid and vitamin A good source of fiber
1 Serving: Calories 435 (Calories from Fat 145) Fat 16g (Saturated 5g) Cholesterol 45mg Sodium 900mg Potassium 690 Carbohydrate 56g (Dietary Fiber 3g) Protein 20g % DAILY VALUE: Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 16% Calcium 6% Iron 20% Folic Acid 18% Magnesium 14% DIET EXCHANGES: 3 Starch, 1 High-Fat Meat, 2 Vegetable, 1 Fat

Helpful For These Side Effects: (d)

From "Betty Crocker's Living with Cancer Cookbook." Text Copyright 2005 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 6
Total Calories: 198
Calories from Fat: 38

This Spaghetti and Meat Squares recipe is from the Betty Crocker's Living With Cancer Cookbook Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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