Cooking came to Susana Torres later in life as she began to learn the power food had over her health and fitness goals. Beginning three years ago, she started educating herself on how nutrition and fitness work together. As she competed in athletic bodybuilding, she left her corporate career to pursue her passion for educating others through her business Bizzy Fit Meals. She wanted to create recipes that would help people maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Susana has discovered that food is her love language. To share her excitement over home cooking, she’s developed an apron line too.

Susana is one of Live & Thrive CA’s entrepreneur $1,000 grant winners. She will be investing her award money in new equipment and a website refresh focused on offering healthy and affordable cooking classes.

Lean Turkey Meatballs

• 1 pound lean ground turkey
• 2 fresh medium-size garlic cloves or 1 very large garlic
clove minced
• 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
• 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic
• 1 teaspoon of pink salt
• 6 fresh basil leaves minced
• 1⁄2 cup of firm tomatoes diced

Preheat oven for 10 minutes to 400°F. Spray sheet pan with 0 calorie butter spray. Mix all ingredients well and make 1 inch round meatballs Place meatballs on the sheet pan then spray the top of meatballs with 0 calorie cooking spray.
Bake for 10 minutes

Tomato Sauce and Pasta

• Olive Oil
• 2 large fresh garlic cloves
• 1⁄2 cup of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
• 5 Roma tomatoes pulsed in a blender
• 1⁄2 cup zucchini diced
• pink salt
• black pepper
• 4-5 thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
• 1 box of spaghetti pasta
• Parmesan cheese for grating

Drizzle a saucepan with olive oil over medium to low heat. Place minced garlic in the saucepan, sauté for a few minutes. Add the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Add the Roma tomatoes to the saucepan, bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Add the diced zucchini, cook until the zucchini is soft. Add pink salt to taste. Add the fresh basil leaves and simmer for 2-3 minutes on low heat. As you are making the sauce boil the spaghetti pasta, once the pasta is soft, drain it and drizzle on some olive oil, sprinkle with minced garlic, black pepper and pink salt to taste. Plate the pasta, top with tomato sauce, add meatballs and more sauce, top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and finally, garnish with some sliced basil leaves.

By Rosalidia Dubon