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Monday, June 6, 2016

Recipe: Healthy Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Healthy Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce Recipe - low fat, gluten free, healthy, low carb, clean eating, high protein

We have a problem with just's in our family. 

Nope, not justice... not actions that are fair... just justs. 

Say whaaaaaaat, you say? Well, you see, when Jesse decides he wants to make something new, it has to be just this or just that. It could be just like so-and-so used to make it or just like you can buy at some shop/restaurant/cafe he visited, sometimes it's just a certain food on it's own and other times it's anything but just

Like these meatballs. 

Healthy Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce Recipe - low fat, gluten free, healthy, low carb, clean eating, high protein

You see, this meatball combination was thrown together one night when I'd made a huge batch of meatballs. I'd told Jesse we were having meatballs for dinner and that's when the dreaded just came out. 

"Okay, as long as it's not just meatballs"

So I made a sauce and the rest was history. Now this dish is one of our favourites. It's simple but oh so delicious and whilst it's not going to win any awards to its looks, it'll certainly win hearts with its tastes. Best of all? You can use any kind of meatball - beef, chicken, turkey, pork - whatever!
So let me share the recipe with you! >> 

Healthy Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce Recipe - low fat, gluten free, healthy, low carb, clean eating, high protein

Healthy Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce Recipe
low fat, low carb, gluten free, high protein, clean eating friendly 
sauce serves one, easily multiplied 

For the meatballs: 
This makes a big batch of around 30 meatballs, however, you can use leftover meatballs, your favourite meatball recipe or our Healthy Baked Quinoa Meatballs - the choice is yours! We usually use whatever meatballs we have made up!

500g/1.1 lbs chicken/turkey/beef/pork mince (ground meat if you're in the US!)
2 tsp crushed garlic 
2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped 
1/2 cup (50g) grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 egg 

For the sauce: 
This sauce amount is for just a single serving, however, it can easily be multiplied.
~1 cup mushrooms, sliced 
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp (40g) reduced fat cream cheese 
Salt and pepper, to taste 
Optional: fresh herbs (I love adding basil and parsley)
  • Preheat your oven to 190C/375F
  • Line two to three baking sheets with baking paper and set aside
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients until everything is evenly mixed. 
  • Roll your mixture into meatballs, about 1 tbsp in size (or bigger/smaller depending on your preferences) and place them onto your tray about 1cm apart. 
  • Once you've rolled all of your meatballs, place them into the oven and cook for ~10-15 minutes, depending on size, or until your meatballs are cooked through (the easiest way to check is just to break one open!).
  • Whilst your meatballs are cooking, saute your mushrooms and garlic in a small non-stick saucepan, adding a splash of water to ensure they don't stick to the bottom. 
  • Once your mushrooms have softened and cooked through and your meatballs are almost finished, add in your cream cheese, stirring over a low heat until melted and adding a splash of water if needed to get the right consistency before seasoning to taste.
  • Once cooked, toss your meatballs through your sauce and serve with pasta, rice, mashed potato, steamed vegetables or whatever you fancy!
But tell me, if you could eat just one food/meal for the rest of this week, what would it be? (Let's put nutrition/reality aside for this one)


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