Zesty Meatballs Recipe
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Zesty Meatballs Recipe

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Molasses adds a touch of sweetness to the tangy sauce that covers these moist meatballs. Serve them over egg noodles for a flavorful, family-pleasing meal. —Debbie Segate of Grander Prairie, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 6 cups hot cooked yolk-free noodles

Nutritional Facts

One serving (6 meatballs and 1/3 cup sauce with 1 cup noodles) equals 672 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 1050 mg sodium, 105 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 34 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 7 starch, 2 lean meat


  1. Place onion in a small microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on high for 1-1/2 minutes or until tender. In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, milk, mustard, salt, cracker crumbs and onion. Crumble beef and turkey over mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls. Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 375° for 15 -18 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in vinegar until smooth. Add the ketchup, molasses, orange juice concentrate, mustard, soy sauce and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add meatballs; heat through. Serve with noodles. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Zesty Meatballs in Light & Tasty August/September 2001, p27

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