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Zesty Meatballs

 Zesty Meatballs
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
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • BARBECUE SAUCE:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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Zesty Meatballs (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
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, 1,050 mg sodium, 105 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 34 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 7 starch, 2 lean meat.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.