Quick Recipe: Meatballs

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Quick Meatball Recipe

Preparation Time: About 5 minutes
Cooking Time: about 20 minutes
 

You can whip up some quick fries that are super low in fat which can be cooked with the meatballs in the oven.

Simply slice one medium potato into wedges and place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Total potato calories: about 120.  

Quick recipe for meatballs:

The amount of meat you'll use will depend upon the amount of servings you need.

We recommend starting with the following quick recipe; leftovers can be refrigerated and used at a later date. You will need:

Diet Meatballs Recipe- 1 pound of extra lean ground beef
- 1 raw egg
OR use egg substitute to cut cholesterol values
- 25 saltine crackers crushed

- salt & pepper
 

How to Prepare This Meatball Recipe

Mix the ground beef, raw egg, crackers, salt and pepper together. Form meatballs and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven on a foil-lined baking sheet until done.

Ground Beef Health Notes, Based on Raw Unless Noted

Ground Beef. This is the main ingredient and the type of ground beef that is used will significantly impact the caloric values - as well as the fat gram content.

One pounds of raw hamburger meat that is 30% fat and 70% lean contains 55 saturated fat grams and 354 milligrams of cholesterol. It also contains over 8 grams of Trans fat.

These three lipids are among the worst where our good health is concerned. We should work to trim these from our daily diet in order to protect the health of our heart and other vital organs.

Let's look at the results for a leaner ground beef and compare the differences.

If we use a grind that is 5% fat and 95% lean we will see the cholesterol values almost slashed by one-third at 281 milligrams. Trans fat content for one pound of ground beef drops to 1.547 grams while saturated fat decreases to 10 grams. These are significant cuts in unhealthy lipids.

What about calories?

The leaner grind contains 621 calories per pound while the fattier grind contains 1506 calories - more than double the amount of energy values.

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