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Recipe: DIY Mini Meatballs

Who doesn’t like a good meatball, whether it’s for the family or to serve at a party? This healthy mini meatball recipe will tickle the taste buds and satiate the appetite while eating healthy.

Plate of DIY mini meatballs recipe
These mini meatballs will tickle the taste buds and satiate the appetite while eating healthy.

Start to finish: 75 minutes

Makes: 18 meatballs


(For meatballs)

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice bread, whole grain (for bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, low sodium

(For sauce)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened ketchup
  • 1/2 cup fresh onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Splenda no-calorie sweetener, granulated
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, low sodium
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Heat oven to 350 F.

Mix together beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk, onion, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Form mixture into one-inch balls.

Place meatballs in a frying pan and cook over medium heat until browned.

Mix together ketchup, onion, sugar substitute, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Spoon sauce over meatballs.

Move pan to oven and bake 50-60 minutes.

Nutritional information:

Each serving contains 70 calories, 4 grams total fat, 6.5 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrates and 60 mg sodium.

Source: Marshfield Clinic’s “Diabetes Advisor”


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