Taco Meatballs and Cheese Appetizers

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I got a few photos from hubby the other day. I love getting photos from him and I thought I would share a few of them with you. Here is one photo. He looks so small compared to that humongous truck!


And here is another pic of my handsome husband!


I am so happy he took time to take some photos for me. I miss and love him so much and we all wish for time to go by sooner so he can be home with us again! Please say a prayer to keep all the soldiers safe and for their quick return home !

Now you know I usually have a recipe to share with you guys so I will hop to it! This recipe is a change from making regular taco salads or taco burgers. Make the taco meat mixture into meatballs! The recipe states to put the cheese in the center of the meatball before baking, but I wanted to try it as little kebabs for a little get together. I think next time I will try it with the cheese in the center to see how it affects the taste. I prefer ground beef over ground turkey for this particular dish. I think the beef brings out more flavor with the taco seasoning. One person noted when making this recipe that the cheese oozed out of the center of the meatball and went all over the baking sheet so I didn't want to take the chance of it happening to me, especially when I had to bring it over to someone's house! Others said they had no problem with the cheese. I think maybe because she didn't use a binder such as eggs or egg beaters? Also, I added canned chilies, but you can leave those out if you like. Worked out pretty well. Serve with salsa or ranch dressing mixed with Frank's hot wing sauce for other guests. Enjoy!

**Update**
I made these again with the cheese in the middle and it was soooo much better than leaving it out. The cheese melted inside the meatball and added more flavor to the meat. Also, I left out the green onions (I wasn't too fond of them in there), but kept the jalapenos. I used cheddar cubes only and dipped the meatballs in 2 tbsp of salsa. The salsa I have is only 2 g of carbs per 2 tbsp. It brought me over an extra condiment for the day but it was so much better!

(I left the cheese out of the center of the meatball and added it the top instead so that I could make kebabs)

Taco Meatballs and Cheese Appetizers
Slightly adapted from www.food.com

Ingredients:
17 oz 93% Fat free ground beef - yields 10 oz cooked (2 Lean)
1/4 cup egg beaters (1/8 Lean)
3.5 oz Kraft 2% Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese Cubes 6 g Fat and 90 Calories (7/8 Lean)
1 tbsp and 2 tsp taco seasoning mix (7 1/2 Condiments)
1/8 tsp salt (1/2 Condiment)
1 green chilies, chopped - optional (1 Condiments)

Directions:
Combine ground turkey or beef, egg beaters, chilies, salt, and taco seasoning mix. Take a tbsp of meat mixture and wrap around a cube of cheese to form a ball. Continue doing this until all meat is used. Place meatballs on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until done. Let meatballs cool.
Don't forget to add your greens for the day!!!

3 servings with 1 Complete  Lean, and 3 Condiments per serving - No Healthy Fat Required


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