I WANTED TO CREATE A healthier alternative meat balls than the original recipe I usually use & this is what I came up with.
I had a couple of zucchinis left over from another recipe, & wanted to use them before they spoiled, so I grated them and added them to the meat Balls.
For the Bread crumbs, I processed 9 slices of Healthy Life Low Calorie, High Fiber Bread, then I used Half & Half instead of Heavy cream, & added Fat Free Greek Yogurt to the 1/2 & 1/2 to thicken it up. I kept the butter for the flavor & the results R really amazing. We both loved them. I made them Man size 4 hubby.
If you make the meat balls average size which would be about half the size I made that would give you less calories per meat Balls. So keep that in mind if you are watching calories.
Process Bread crumbs in food processor, and set aside till needed. PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES F.
Grate zucchini and leave till needed. Zucchini not only is healthy for you, but they add moisture to the meat Balls. With the onions and Zucchini, I DID NOT ADD ANY OTHER LIQUID to the meat ball and they were very moist & tasty.
Add the ground turkey to a large bowl, then add the bread crumbs, spices, zucchini, beaten egg and finely chopped onions.
Mix together in bowl and shape into desired size meat balls. These meat Balls average 147 calories each, with 13 grams of carbs, 6 grams of fat, 11 protein, 343 Mg of sodium, 4 grams of sugar, & 2 grams of fiber per meat Ball. I used MY FITNESS PAL TO CALCULATE THE CALORIES.
These are what the bread crumbs looked like after processing.Spray a shallow baking pan with non stick cooking spray, and add meat balls, leaving space between each till you are finished. I forgot to take a picture.
Place in preheated 400 degree F. oven and bake for 30 to 45 minutes until meat balls are done.
To make the gravy, melt the butter in a large skillet, over medium high heat, add the flour and stir till blended and it forms a paste. Add the beef stock, and blend with a small whisk to prevent lumps. Combine the yogurt and half & half in a separate small bowl, and whisk till blended together, then add to gravy. Season with steak seasoning, add more according to taste if needed. Now add meat balls and simmer over very low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking to bottom of skillet. Serve over pasta or rice and garnish with chopped fresh chive if desired. A separate Recipe showing how to make the gravy has already been posted showing picture steps. So look for it. Enjoy.