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Best Ever (Easy) Baked Meatballs, by Jen Nikolaus

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My father-in-law loves meatballs. Before he moved in with us, he would buy a big bag of frozen meatballs and cook them in his microwave oven for his dinner. The only problem is, now that he has to stick to a low sodium diet, those commercial meatballs are out. His old meatballs clocked in at 600 mg of sodium per serving  -  more than a quarter of his daily allowance of sodium! But he missed them, so I decided to go hunting for a healthier alternative.

I found a site on the internet called, "Yummy Healthy Easy, " by Jen Nikolaus. She'd come up with a recipe which she claims yields "... some of the best ever meatballs in the history of all meatballs!" ( www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/best-ever-easy-baked-meatballs/ ), so I decided to give it a try. I didn't change the recipe much, but I needed to get rid of excess sodium, so I omitted the salt, swapped in no-salt tomato sauce for the ketchup, cut down on the parmesan cheese a bit (from a quarter cup to two tablespoons), and used ground turkey instead of hamburger. I followed the original instructions, so if you're interested, you should click the link to Ms. Nikolaus's site for the recipe. The ingredient changes I made slimmed the recipe down to 62.5 mg of sodium per serving (assuming each batch yields eight servings). The meatballs certainly lived up to the "easy" part of the title - I used frozen chopped onions and bottled minced garlic, so I had a batch mixed up and rolled into little meatballs within 10 to 15 minutes. After 20 minutes in the oven, they were ready for the plate! I added them to low sodium spaghetti sauce (cooked up in huge batches once a week by my husband) and served it on whole wheat spaghetti.

My father-in-law said that this is "very good" (highest praise, coming from him) and definitely a do-again recipe! ☺ And since he could eat the entire batch (if he had that big an appetite, which he doesn't!), and still consume less sodium than a single serving of the store bought version (500 mg for an entire 8-serving batch of these vs. 4800 mg of sodium for 8 servings of the commercial brand), these meatballs will absolutely have a permanent place in his new heart healthy - but palate pleasing - diet! 😁

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Comments (14)

  • I have to agree with @Fulana Food BurglerFood Burgler I dont like ready made meatballs either. Great meatballs@c6Ui6rAQNZl6pOcvEkppyR

      6 hours ago
  • I don't like ready made meatballs because they tend to be very salty. This recipe looks really good 👍. It shows how much you care and love your family that as a vegetarian you are looking for a meat ball recipe (and low sodium) 😊!

      6 hours ago
  • We always do homemade meatballs. I affraid to buy ready one because I don't know what's inside. Sometimes we do golabki minced meat with kasha or rice ( depends on preferences) with tomato sauce and cabbage leaves. Can be baked or cooked on slow heat 😁.

      2 hours ago
    • My Mom used to make golbki when we were kids. We called them golumpees. 😁 They were always a big favorite.

        2 hours ago
    • Golumpees, funny 😆. Mama every now and them prepare then without cabbage but I heard about version with bulgur, mushrooms and lentil without meat I think I would enjoy them.

        2 hours ago
  • This seems really great! Well done on cutting the sodium! 👌🏻👌🏻

      3 hours ago
    • Thank you! I have no idea how they taste, but fil approved, do I'm happy. ☺

        2 hours ago
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