We love these delicious and moist high protein meatballs because they are rich in the two most filling nutrients…protein and fiber! By adding spinach to meatballs you can eat the same amount of meatballs for fewer calories! There’s nothing like being able to eat a tasty bariatric meal!
1 lb 93% lean ground beef
1 tbsp olive oil
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of all liquid
2 slices whole wheat Weight Watchers bread (or any half point bread)
1 large egg
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh parsley
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (or your favorite Parmesan Cheese)
Salt and pepper
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves smashed garlic
28 oz can Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes (my favorite)
1/2 onion (don’t chop)
Salt and pepper
*Wet bread with water then mash up with your hands. Add to large bowl and combine with chopped beef, chopped spinach, egg, garlic, parsley, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients well until thoroughly combined. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, measure meat, then divide in two so that each meatball is 1/8th of a cup. Roll into little meatballs.
*In a large pot, add olive oil and heat on medium. When hot, add smashed garlic. When garlic is golden brown, add tomatoes, onion, salt and pepper and cover, reduce heat to low.
*Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil on low heat. When oil is hot add as many meatballs that will fit, cook on low, turning often so that all side get browned. Cook until the centers are cooked through.
*When finished, place on a dish lined with paper towels to blot any excess oil. Drop meatballs into sauce and continue cooking the remaining meatballs, repeating the process. When all meatballs are in the sauce, simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes. Discard onion and serve.
Servings: 6, Serving Size: 5 meatballs with 4.5 oz sauce
Protein: 17.4 grams
Carb: 14.3 grams
Fat: 9.8 grams