Yes, freezing those turkey meatballs was a good idea. Ten minutes of preparation result in a restaurant-quality meatball sub.


You have perhaps read my complaints about baby weight? Well, I guess if this is my idea of diet food I better not expect the extra pounds to melt off. I am one of those people who musters up all of my will power to turn down a dessert just one time and then I wonder the next morning why I didn’t lose any weight.

Actually, my new plan is a little something I devised myself called the Rule of Threes. One key facet of this plan is that rules are being altered and added as I see fit. If my plan weren’t such a moving target, I would probably be able to write a great weight loss book and retire. Here is the foundation of my method: eat less calories and burn more calories. The basic science of weight loss almost sounds novel in this day of fasts and zones and blood type diets, doesn’t it?

The Rule of Threes comes in handy to help me keep myself in check. I can have three treats a week, I can drink three alcoholic beverages in a week and I must work out three times a week (ex: an hour of swimming). I know, you probably have a million questions. I do too. I make up answers as they come. For instance, is the sandwich pictured above a treat or just dinner?  Well, it is made with turkey meatballs and I ate salad for lunch so no, it is not a treat. Is hard candy a treat? No, it just satisfies my oral fixation. Do two light beers equal one alcoholic beverage? Sometimes.

If my Rule of Threes weight loss plan were a color it would be gray. And hazy. But, so far it is working out for me. Hoping to debut my new svelte figure by the end of the summer.

Turkey Meatball Subs

Makes 2 sandwiches

2 sub rolls
1 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
8 turkey meatballs
mozzarella cheese
dried oregano (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Thaw meatballs if they are frozen and put them in the sauce in a sauce pan. Heat until meatballs are warmed through. Cut open the sub roll. Put four meatballs and sauce inside. Top with mozzarella cheese (I like fresh mozzarella). Sprinkle with oregano and bake at 350 to melt the cheese, about 10 minutes.

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14 Responses to “Turkey Meatball Sandwiches”

  1. Neil Butterfield Says:

    This is sound advice, the rule of threes. I also love turkey and especially enjoy cold turkey.

  2. Debbie Says:

    As someone who is already dreading the process of losing baby weight, I am on board with your rule of threes, and completely agree that a sandwich is not a treat and that two light beers equal one alcoholic beverage. In fact, I have already convinced myself that 1 bellini = 1/2 an alcoholic drink and 1/2 a fruit serving.

  3. Jess Says:

    I have to say that I’ve been a silent admirer of your posts, but this one made me want to chime in. It reminded me of a high school project I recently stumbled upon from my past – for a health class, I had to track my diet for 24 hours. According to 16-year-old me, 1 slice of banana bread for breakfast counted as 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of grain, and milkshakes counted as a serving of dairy. You don’t even want to know how I categorized (re: rationalized!) mozzarella sticks and pizza…

    It’s amazing how much better we’d all be eating if we just reclassified things this way, right?

    Regardless of how you interpret this sandwich, it looks fantastic. Thanks for the post!

  4. Sues Says:

    This is pretty much my ideal meal! I already ate dinner, but suddenly I’m very, very hungry again!

    I love your rule of 3s :)

  5. Kristin Says:

    Ten minute prep with them frozen?! I’m in! Do you have a req for dairy replacement though? So yummy looking!

  6. Michelle (Healthy Snack)Hompton Says:

    I am now in love with Turkey Meatball Sandwiches. This is my first time to come across with this dish. I can say that this is delicious and healthy. Thank you for sharing your specialty!

  7. heather @ chiknpastry Says:

    lookin’ tasty! the frozen meatballs paid off, i see. good luck on the baby weight loss :).

  8. Mary Says:

    These subs look yummy! Need to make me some turkey meatballs…

    Your rules of three make sense to me…good luck to you with your dieting and weight loss!

  9. Stolk Says:

    Oh, come on, keep a little tum. They’re not so bad…

  10. carrie Says:

    This dish is right up my alley. I make sausage sandwiches, but mine don’t look as nice. The mozzarella looks too good on them ;)

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