Healthy Italian-Style Meatball Recipe

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Bite it! Hungry Girl's So-Saucy Parmesan Meatballs
Hungry Girl’s So-Saucy Parmesan Meatballs

This is How We Roll...

Big meatballs covered with tomato sauce and topped with gooey cheese? You know it...

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes

1 cup seeded and diced tomato
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

1 lb. extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
3/4 cup low-fat marinara sauce
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine all topping ingredients. Gently mix until uniform. Cover and refrigerate.

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg whites/substitute, garlic, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Firmly and evenly form into 12 meatballs.

Lay meatballs in the baking pan, and evenly top with marinara sauce.

Cover pan with foil, and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove foil, and bake until meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parm. Bake until mozzarella has melted, about 5 minutes.

Finish with topping.


Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (3 meatballs with sauce and toppings)
Calories: 255
Fat: 8.5g
Sodium: 681mg
Carbs: 11g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 4.5g
Protein: 31.5g

PointsPlus® value 6*

Fight it! TGI Fridays' Parmesan Meatballs
TGI Fridays' Parmesan Meatballs

Don't Bet the Parm…

We're diving right into the horror-show stats: A single one of these manic meatballs has more than 250 calories and 20 grams of fat. One meatball! That's kind of ridiculous. Alas, meatballs smothered in sauce and cheese are borderline irresistible. (The bruschetta topping is just icing on the cake.) Which is why we revise, rather than resist. Extra-lean beef keeps our meatballs low in calories, while panko and egg whites/substitute perfect the texture. Fat-slashed jarred marinara is easy to find, and we got choosy with our cheese: creamy part-skim mozzarella and just the right amount of real Parmesan. Finish it all off with fresh bruschetta-style topping, and resistance isn't just futile... It's completely unnecessary.

Serving Size: 1 order (3 meatballs with sauce and toppings)
Calories: 790
Fat: 61g
Sodium: 1,930mg
Carbs: 39g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: 23g

PointsPlus® value 22*

HG Update: These meatballs have recently been removed from the TGI Fridays menu! Perhaps they got word that our swap was on the way...


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