- 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 12 ounces ground sirloin (90% lean)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large egg
- Cooking spray
- 2 yellow bell peppers, halved and seeded
- 1 1/3 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
- 3/4 cup sliced onion
- 4 (2-ounce) hoagie sandwich buns
- 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- Thinly sliced basil (optional)
- calories 423
- fat 16 g
- satfat 6.2 g
- monofat 5.6 g
- polyfat 1.7 g
- protein 25.7 g
- carbohydrate 44.3 g
- fiber 4.8 g
- cholesterol 100 mg
- iron 4.1 mg
- sodium 708 mg
- calcium 107 mg
How to Make It
Preheat broiler to high.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl; mix gently. Working with damp hands, gently shape beef mixture into 16 meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a single layer on a heavy-duty baking sheet coated with cooking spray, leaving 6 inches of open space on one end. Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, on open space on pan. Broil 6 inches from heat for 7 minutes, turning meatballs once. Remove pan from oven. Place peppers in a small paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove peppers from bag. Peel and slice into 1/4-inch-thick strips.
Bring marinara sauce to a simmer in a large skillet over medium-low heat; add meatballs, tossing to coat. Keep warm.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion slices; cook 4 minutes on each side or until charred. Remove onion from pan.
Coat insides of buns with cooking spray, and broil 2 minutes or until toasted. Top each bun with 4 meatballs and 1/3 cup sauce. Divide peppers, onions, and cheese evenly among sandwiches; broil sandwiches 2 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Garnish with basil, if desired.
MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.