Swedish Meatballs with Zucchini Ribbons

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

This is a super easy recipe that you can literally throw together in a matter of minutes. One of the reasons why this recipe is so  quick to make is the use of frozen meatballs. There are two different kinds of meatballs that are approved for Medifast. One of them being Trader Joe's Flame Broiled Meatballs (5 count as 1 Lean) and the other brand is Butterball Italian Style Turkey Meatballs (10 count as 1 Lean). Both are pretty tasty so either one will work for this recipe.

You only need a few ingredients to make the sauce: beef broth,
cream cheese, parsley, pepper and Greek yogurt. You can leave out the Greek yogurt but I added it to give the sauce a little tangyness. Actually, it is a great substitute for sour cream! Try two teaspoons first and then add that third teaspoon if you feel like you want more. I added one tablespoon (3 teaspoons).

I served these meatballs over zucchini ribbons which is a great substitute for pasta! Enjoy!

Swedish Meatballs with Zucchini Ribbons
Ingredients:
10 Butterballs Italian Style Lean Turkey Meatballs, cooked (1 Lean)
1/2 cup low sodium beef broth (1/2 Condiment)
1 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp 2% Fage Yogurt - optional but it makes it kind of tangy like sour cream(1 Condiment)
1/8 tsp pepper (1/4 Condiment)
1/4 tsp dried parsley (1/12 Condiment)
Zucchini Ribbons
2 medium (you should have 270 grams cooked or 1 1/2 cups cooked) zucchinis (3 Greens)
2 tbsp water or beef broth (1/8 Condiment)
Directions:
Heat beef broth and cream cheese over medium high heat. Heat until cream cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt and add pepper; stirring until combined. Add to heated meatballs.
With a potato peeler, peel 2 medium sized zucchinis to the core (don't peel the center core with the seeds, that part gets mushy). In a non-stick frying pan add broth. Throw the ribbons in with the broth and lightly toss until the zucchini starts to soften - about 3 minutes. The zucchini will cook quickly. Serve hot.
Serve meatballs over zucchini ribbons. Garnish with parsley.
1 Lean, 3 Greens, 3 Condiments, and No Healthy Fat required.

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