Italian Meatballs

Friday, September 30, 2011

These meatballs turned out really yummy! They had lots of flavor and I didn't even miss the breadcrumbs. The grated parmesan cheese makes up for it. It works as a great binder, in addition with the egg, and helps keeps the meat moist. These would make perfect meatball subs. You can use the revolution rolls as the buns. Don't know what they are? Well, they are the best thing next to sliced bread! It is actually an Atkins recipe using mainly eggs and cream cheese to form a  bread like concoction. It has a slight sweetness to it, due to the addition of one packet of splenda which by the way, would work great in making a cheese danish dessert by adding a cream cheese icing (1 tbsp light cream cheese and an additional splenda packet). The sweetness is subtle, but you can always leave out the splenda and add granulated garlic and a few sprays of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray to the top as Katie Mueller suggested and make them into garlic bread. Spread a bit more garlic over the top! Serve these yummy meatballs over 1 cup of spaghetti squash and you have a wonderful Italian dinner! Now that's amore! Enjoy!


Italian Meatballs

Ingredients:
21 oz 93% reduced fat ground beef - should yield 3 - 5 oz portions cooked (3 Leans)
2 tbsp  parmesan cheese (2 Condiments)
1 tsp basil leaves (1 Condiment)
1/4 cup egg beaters
1 tbsp parsley flakes (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (2 Condiments)
1/4 tsp pepper (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp fennel - optional (1/2 Condiment)
1 1/2 cups Italian diced tomatoes - less than 5 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup (3 Greens)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except the diced tomatoes in a bowl until combined. Form balls from the meat. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Measure out 5 oz of cooked meatballs and add 1/2 cup of Italian diced tomatoes in a small saucepan over medium heat until heated thoroughly. I like to use a fork and smash the diced tomatoes so it resembles a chunky marinara sauce. Serve with 1 cup spaghetti squash (2 Greens) or make a meatball sandwich with the revolution rolls (1/3 Lean and 1.33 Condiments)! If you eat it with the revolution rolls, make sure you add 2 more greens!

3 Servings with each serving having 1 Lean, 1 Green, and 2.33 Condiments (No Healthy Fat required)


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