These Light Italian Meatballs are my go-to meatball recipe for whenever I am craving traditional Italian food. They key here is the extra lean ground beef. This makes a dramatic difference in the Points Plus value. Cutting down on all that fat in the ground beef, allows for the addition of grated Parmesan cheese mixed into the meat. This makes for an unbelievably good Italian meatball. I used jarred marinara or spaghetti sauce when I’m pressed for time and to keep it super easy, but you could make your own from scratch if you prefer. At just 5 Points + for each 5 meatball serving, this Italian Weight Watchers Recipe is a dream come true. I will often make large batches and freeze them to have on hand later for a quick Italian meatball sandwich for lunch – yum! These Light Italian Meatballs are a HUGE hit with my family, and I highly recommend giving them a try.
These Sage and Ricotta Baked Meatballs are so easy and so delicious, it’s hard to believe that each meatball is just 1 Points + each (a serving of 3 is just 3 Points +). The sage gives these meatballs a nice, seasonal flavor, and the ricotta helps to keep them tender and moist, which is key when using very low fat meat. I want to try this recipe with ground turkey too, but I need to make a few enhancements to keep them from being dry. But for now, the extra lean beef is a fantastic option. You can serve these as a main course or as a Weight Watchers holiday appetizer recipe too! Perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Any way you choose to eat them, these Sage and Ricotta Meatballs are a delicious meal option in a season filled with turkey. Enjoy!
Growing up, Swedish meatballs were a staple in my house. So every time I eat them, I think classic, home cooking. I adore Swedish meatballs…really, what’s not to love about moist and juicy meatballs smothered in a creamy, beefy sauce and usually served over yummy egg noodles? Well, traditional Swedish meatballs sure are tasty, but they are definitely not so Weight Watchers friendly. My healthier version uses all beef instead of a beef/pork combo, and I used whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of slices of bread soaked in milk. And finally, for the creamy beef sauce, I used fat free cream cheese instead. I got the idea from a Swedish meatball casserole recipe I saw, and thought it was a great substitute for the heavy cream. I also added mushrooms to the dish to help bulk it up, and because I think the mushrooms work really well in this sauce. The flavor of the dish was amazing and was adored by the whole family. Each serving is just 5 Points + for 6 meatballs with sauce!!! I served mine over whole wheat fettuccine noodles because I didn’t have any egg noodles, but it didn’t really matter…the Swedish meatballs are the star of the dish. Serve them over noodles or just eat them straight up. Any way you choose to devour them, they are divine. Enjoy!
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Sticking with the WW Italian Food Recipes, I thought I’d share this outrageously delicious Italian Meatballs Recipe. Each serving has just 6 Points +, which really is not bad, considering that we’re talking about beef meatballs here. Plus, this recipe makes 8 servings, so it’s great for a big family dinner or potluck. The cinnamon and nutmeg give the meat such a great flavor, and the sauce is so full bodied and delicious…no one will have any idea that this is a low calorie meatball recipe. Enjoy!
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My husband is a huge fan of meatball subs, so I decided to make a slimmed down version to create a delicious meatball sub recipe that we could BOTH enjoy. And by simply substituting a few traditional ingredients, it was a success! Tasty and satisfying each meatball sandwich has just 5 Points + and is a great “manly” food that all weight watchers can enjoy. And though this is not an official Weight Watchers Meatball Sandwich Recipe, it’s definitely a great meal idea for anyone who doesn’t want to give up the “good” foods while dieting.
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It’s no surprise that the creamy dips, greasy chips, fried finger foods, and super-sized sandwiches usually served at Superbowl parties are not diet or health-friendly. The good news is that with a few recipe makeovers, all the flavors of football can be savored without wreaking havoc on your New Year’s weight-loss resolutions. So today, I’m sharing one of the YUMMIEST meatball recipes EVER. These Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs are crazy delicious and still pretty low in Points Total. They are a perfect Superbowl party food that will be adored by weight watchers and non-weight watchers alike. They stay nice and warm and moist in your crock pot, and the spicy BBQ sauce adds such a nice flavor to the meat. And with just a 2 Point Total per serving, these make a great appetizer recipe. Or, double the size of your meatballs, and serve it as a main dish recipe! Though not an official one of Weight Watchers Superbowl Recipes, these barbecue meatballs will definitely be a hit with all weight watching Superbowl snackers, and makes a great Superbowl party food idea.
Albóndigas, which means meatballs in Spanish, are found in Sopa de Albondigas, a popular food dish that originated in Mexico. In this recipe, the meatballs are made with rice in them and the broth is usually chicken based. The following vegetables are commonly used in this dish: onion, carrots, potatoes, squashes, chayote and seasonings such as cilantro, mint, salt and garlic.
When mixing the rice and meat together, I’d recommend adding raw eggs so that when the meatballs are dropped into the boiling pot they will stiffen a bit and won’t break apart on you! Though, if you add the eggs, just remember to count in those extra Weight Watchers Points!
If you want to bulk up this dish for the non-dieters, you can follow the tradition of the Mexican Northwest, by accompanying the dish with warm rolled tortillas topped with mayonnaise and salsa. Yum!