Medifast recipe for Holiday party meatballs?

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I posted in another thread that I was just gonna say "NO" to bringing food items to holiday gatherings and just going to bring my Very Tasty Veggie Platter. Well...OK, so I wasn't able to say NO this time. So this is what I came up with (in addition to the veggie platter). It is a recipe from the South Beach Holiday Recipes collection:.

Braised Mini Meatballs.

These delicious minis hold together beautifullywithout the need for bread crumbs.

1 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef2 lg eggs1 med onion, finely chopped1/2 c chopped fresh parsley + additional for garnish1 tsp dried basil3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper1/4 tsp salt2 tsp extra virgin olive oil1 c dry red wine1/4 c unsalted tomato paste2 c reduced-sodium beef broth2 tsp granular sugar substitute (or to taste esp. if using Stevia).

1. Combine beef, eggs, onion, parsley, basil, pepper, and salt in large bowl. Mix well with hands or wooden spoon. Form into 36 (1 1/4") meatballs. Dampen your hands with cold water before rolling the meatballs to prevent sticking.

2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in large nonstick skillet. Carefully add meatballs (this can be done in batches, if necessary) and brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to plate and pour off any fat from skillet. Return meatballs to skillet and reduce heat to low..

3. Whisk wine and tomato paste in small bowl. Pour over meatballs. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until tomato mixture has thickened, about 10 minutes. Add broth and continue to simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in sugar substitute.

Serve warm or at room temperature..

Prep Time: 15 minutes (Ya, rightmaybe if you have a staff to help you! LOL).

Cooking Time: 55 minutes.

Makes 12 (3-piece) Servings (36 meatballs).

Per Serving (3 meatballs): 120 cal, 15 g pro, 3 g carb, 4.5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 70 mg chol, 0 g fiber, 132 mg sodiumI'm not sure what the L&G portion would be4 or 5 meatballs??Make Ahead: Cook, cool, and freeze up to 2 weeks. Defrost in refrigerator and then gently reheat in saucepan over low heat...

Comments (7)

Sue, do you know you can stick this in a pepper or eggplant or anything else you want to stuff. It isn't all that different from a recipe I have, with exception to the rice and yellow split peas in mine. You can also experiment with your herbs, use some mint or tarogon or whatever suits your fancy. I have stuffed onions, tomatoes and anything that can be stuffed...mmmmmm stuffed things!..

Comment #1

Wow, those look good, and I don't even eat meat! I'm thinking tofu!!..

Comment #2

Thanks for posting this...DH is a huge meatball lover and this is something I can make that we BOTH can eat actually, all 3 of us. Can't forget baby boy. Thanks again!..

Comment #3

I use the SOBE diet for my husband (shhhh.. he hasn't caught on yet ) This one is.

Another SoBe Meat ball recipe: (It always gets RAVE Reviews!!).

Taco Meatballs - South Beach Diet Recipe (Phase 2).


1 1/2 lb ground beef (lean).

1 package taco seasoning mix (Taco Bell, Ortega, etc.).

1 green onion, finley diced.

2 eggs.

1 clove garlic, minced [optional].

1 block sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes.

Preheat the oven to 425F..

Beat eggs and mix all ingredients except the cheese together. Mold a Tablespoon of meat around a cube of cheese to form a small shaped meatball. Repeat with all meat. Place on edged cookie sheet (sprayed with PAM) and bake at 425F for 7 - 10 minutes or until meat is done and cheese has melted.

Serves 10-15 people. Less than 1 carb per meatball...

Comment #4

I haven't cooked enough w/tofu and most of my vegetarian recipes involve using beans which we can't have. What about using something like Nature's Burger Vegetarian Mix in place of the ground beef?..

Comment #5

I can't wait to try these. These would be great for a superbowl party too! The possibilities are endless! Yummy Yummy Yummy!.

Thank-you so much! I've saved this recipe! It looks like it would be a winner at any type of party!..

Comment #6

These sound great! I have a potluck luncheon at work this week and I had no idea what to bring... Problem solved!..

Comment #7

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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