Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls Recipe
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Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls Recipe

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In her Prattville, Alabama kitchen, Amy Hornbuckle bakes these yummy spinach balls without an ounce of guilt. That's because this recipe cut 72% of the cholesterol and 44% of the calories from the original version.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball equals 55 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Stir in spinach until blended. Roll into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls in Light & Tasty October 2005, p12

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"Wonderful, but bake on parchment paper so that they don't stick"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"These balls are so quick and easy, not to mention delicious. I have made them twice and have shared the recipe with a couple of small groups I am in. I am taking them with me tonight to my small group at church. We are on the Daniel Plan nutritional program and this is perfect."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"i made them for New Years and they were so darn easy and good that we had to have them for Super Bowl"

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