Spinach Meatballs

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198 CALORIES 5g CARBS 8g FAT 29g PROTEIN
4
Freestyle™ SmartPoints™ New!
(4 Old SmartPoints™)
(5 PointsPlus®)

I don’t know about you, but my intentions of endless salads for dinner to kick start the new year and lose the post holiday chub, usually ends about one day later. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good salad, but between the cold weather, early sunset, and general tummy rumblings – I am ready for something hearty and satisfying when dinner time rolls around. Luckily there are so many ways to incorporate tons of veggies and lean proteins into a delicious, light, and healthy meal that will still satisfy. Today’s recipe is a perfect example of that. We pack yummy meatballs with spinach, onions, and garlic that bring tons of flavor without a lot of calories. Paired with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, high fiber pasta, or quinoa and some simple marinara and you have a perfect meal.

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The Recipe

Spinach Meatballs

PREP TIME: 15 Min
COOK TIME: 20 Min
TOTAL TIME: 35 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 4 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 U egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Defrost the spinach and squeeze out all the excess moisture using cheesecloth or a paper towel. Make sure to really squeeze out the moisture because too much moisture will cause the meatballs to crumble.
  3. Combine the ground beef, spinach, onion, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano with your hands until just mixed.
  4. Roll out the meatballs, 4 per serving (so 16 total for 4 servings), and place on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked through.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 4 meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198
Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
11%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 117mg
39%
Sodium 441mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 1g
Protein 29g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Notes

Parmesan cheese is delicious in these meatballs as well. Consider adding 1/4 cup grated Parmesan.
† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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