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04.11.14
 
Hungry Girl Edible Idol: Meatballs
 





Popular in Italy, a huge hit in Sweden... No, we're not talking about some Europop sensation. This email is devoted to a beloved food item that takes many forms, all of them spherical. Today's Edible Idol? Meatballs!

 
  Classics & Covers


Spaghetti & Meatballs:
Maybe the most iconic of meatball dishes. The problem is that a single serving can have nearly 900 calories and over 30 grams of fat -- boo. But this HG swap has a mere 327 calories and 6g fat, thanks to spaghetti squash and lean beef.

Swedish Meatballs: When you want gravy-smothered comfort food, Swedish meatballs are mighty appealing. Less appealing? The stats -- a 6-meatball serving with gravy has nearly 30 grams of fat! We slashed that down to just 6.5g in our decadent creation.

Cocktail Meatballs: Everyone thinks they have some secret recipe when they coat frozen meatballs with chili sauce and grape jelly. The only secret is the crazy amount of sugar in that sauce. Our crock-pot take on fruity meatballs is a slimmed-down sensation.

Meatball Sandwich Shocker!
Don't be sucked in by the occasional $5 Footlong deal when it comes to a Subway Meatball Marinara sub -- sure, the price is low, but it'll cost you 960 calories and 36g fat! (The six-inch version has a hefty 480 calories and 18g fat.) Instead, DIY with a light hot dog bun, your favorite low-fat marinara sauce, some grated Parmesan cheese, and one of the premade-meatball options below...

 
Healthy Swaps for Classic Meatball Dishes
 
 
Diet-Friendly Store-Bought Meatballs
  Top Store-Bought Hits


Amy's Meatless Veggie Meatballs - Amy's never lets us down. An 8-meatball serving has 190 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 5*). Check out the Swedish stuff by Amy's too!

Veggie Patch Meatless Meatballs - These are so darn delicious! Eat 6 meatballs for 140 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 4*).

Nate's Classic Flavor Meatless Meatballs - These taste like yummy grains rather than faux meat; how unique! Eat 3 meatballs for 90 calories and 4.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*).

Al Fresco All Natural Chicken Meatballs - In two amazing varieties -- Teriyaki Ginger and Tomato & Basil -- have 4 meatballs for 160 - 210 calories and 8 - 9g fat (PointsPlus® value 4 - 5*).

MorningStar Farms Meal Starter Veggie Meatballs - Another stellar pick from a go-to company. You get 5 meatballs for 130 calories and 4.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*).

 
  Meatball Recipe Roundup


Pizza Meatballs and Buffalo Wing Meatballs with Ranch Dip - Sometimes we like to make meatballs that taste like other foods we love... Can you blame us?

Spicy Asian Meatballs - These meatballs pack a serious flavor punch! We're more than a little in love with the sauce...

Taco Meatballs - Just two ingredients -- mix 'em up, roll 'em up, bake 'em up, and EAT.

Simply Sweet Meatballs - Another super-easy recipe, and only 3 ingredients. Yum, yum, yum...

Cran-tastically Easy Meatballs - And here's one more trio, this one with dried fruit and chili sauce. Why is fruit so good in meatballs? Don't think; just chomp.

 
Hungry Girl’s Better-for-You Meatballs
 

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CHEW ON THIS:

It's National Grilled Cheese Month, and grilled cheese just happens to be another of our Edible Idols. YES!

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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