Smothered Meatballs & Marinara

Smothered Meatballs & Marinara

Today we have a WINNING recipe for you so that you can WIN in your nutrition and WIN in life!

Today’s WINNING recipe to meet Coach JC’s 10 WINNING Habits is Smothered Meatballs & Marinara. Where is my lean protein?


For the meatballs

1 pound (16 ounces) lean ground pork
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup shredded Havarti cheese (or cheese of choice)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt or garlic salt

Remaining ingredients:

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup marinara (certified gluten-free if necessary)
1 cup shredded Havarti cheese (or cheese of choice)
1/4 cup sliced basil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To make meatballs, combine all of the ingredients above except for the olive oil and basil. Roll into small balls and set aside.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet to medium-low heat, and add a teaspoon of olive oil, or spray with cooking spray.

Place the meatballs in the skillet (this may take 2 batches) and cook until browned on all sides, turning occasionally. This will take about 4 minutes per batch.

Remove the meatballs from the skillet and place on paper towels to drain the grease.

Add the marinara to the cast iron skillet, place the meatballs back in the skillet, and top with the shredded cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees F. Top with basil.

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  • Meet Coach JC

    "If you want to WIN more in life you are in the right place my friend! I am blessed and privileged everyday to help people WIN more in life.

    I got my start as the youngest Director of Strength & Conditioning at the Division I level at Oral Roberts University and have been blessed to COACH professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and WNBA through Dynamic Sports Development. As an ENTREPRENEUR I then started Bootcamp Tulsa to help women WIN in their Fitness, Nutrition & in Life. On a daily basis I now run our Non-Profit, 501 (c) (3), Fit First Responders serving those that serve us everyday, our Police Officers, Firefighters, Medics and national Guard.

    If I'm not helping people WIN through my Performance Coaching you will find me motivating people on stage through my MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING in churches, companies, universities and athletic organizations. I even took some of that motivation and combined it with a winning game plan to author a few books. I love helping people WIN but there is nothing I'm more passionate about then being a FATHER to my beautiful daughter and a HUSBAND to my hot wife."

Coach JC