Sweet & Sour Meatballs Recipe

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“This is one of the first things my mother taught me to make many years ago, and it's still one of my family's favorites.” Meryl Biszick - Orlando, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

about 5 meatballs with 1/2 cup sauce and 1/2 cup rice equals 442 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 734 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the tomato sauce, 3/4 cup water, raisins, brown sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, seasonings, egg substitute and milk. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Carefully add to tomato mixture. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining water; stir into meatball mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sweet & Sour Meatballs in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p61

Nutritional Facts

about 5 meatballs with 1/2 cup sauce and 1/2 cup rice equals 442 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 734 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"The sweet and sour sauce is more tomato-y than sweet and sour and the meatballs just don't have a lot of flavor. Sorry - we just didn't care for it."

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