Meatball-Fresh Mozzarella Wrap with Arugula & Red Onion

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My son is getting a burst of intense speech therapy this summer, so I have an hour every day in Tribeca to myself. One day a week I go treat myself with an amazing sushi roll from Sushi of Gari. Most other days I walk around or get a coffee from Pret A Manger, which is a lovely chain of freshly prepared food.

One afternoon I checked out their sandwich offerings – a meatball wrap caught my eye. I was not hungry enough for it at that moment, but I made a mental note of it. I adore a meatball sandwich smothered in cheese on a big sub roll, but it has been quite a long time since I indulged in one of those. And after a few days of having this pop in and out of my head, I gave in and made my version of it.

One thing I have not found is a perfect recipe for a fabulous turkey meatball. I am trying to decrease the amount of red meat in our diet – which is very minimal to begin with – so I knew I wanted to do this with a turkey meatball. Luckily, I had grabbed a bag of turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s. I warmed them up on the stove with a bottle of organic tomato sauce and used those as the base.  For a frozen pre made meatball, these were delicious. I also wanted to avoid turning on the oven – another plus in favor of TJ turkey meatballs.

I dug a multigrain flax seed wrap from the fridge – I always have a stash of those for quesadilla’s, a fast and non controversial meal in our house. I squirted a narrow line of Hellman’s mayonnaise down one side of the wrap and placed washed and torn arugula over that. I was envisioning the mayonnaise as a dressing shortcut for the greens. A few raw red onion slices and salt finished that side of the wrap. Next to the greens, I cut the meatballs in half and lined up 4 halves coated in tomato sauce along side. A couple chunks of torn fresh mozzarella, sprinkle of pepper and it was done. Wrap it up like a burrito and voila!

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For the picky crew, I just did meatballs and cheese. For the more adventurous child, I included a little arugula in the sandwich. This is so easily tailored to each persons taste and preferences.

I enjoyed it so much I had it for lunch again the next day. Fast, easy, delicious and not so crazy heavy like a regular meatball sub.

Go forth and wrap up your meatballs!

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