This post talks about one of my favorite things to cook and eat! Since making a choice to eat healthier, I haven't had any meals with that one ingredient in it for a long time!! I did a little researching over the weekend to look for healthy ground beef recipes and just so happened to find this jewel: Meatballs and Peppers (via)!! Your level of excitement for bell peppers will determine the level of turnt-upness you reach when you hear the name of this meal! I love peppers! This meal included two of my favorite things to eat AND was under 300 calories. I got excited so I decided to make this recipe my own!
1 cup of thinly sliced green peppers
1 cup of thinly sliced red peppers
1 cup of thinly sliced yellow peppers
1/3 cup of water
1 can of beef consommé
1 pound of ground beef (92% lean, 8% fat)
1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion
~2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
~2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
roasted garlic salt (See Sidenote #1)
~1 teaspoon of liquid egg whites
2 tablespoons of flour
1/4 cup of water
2. Cover, reduce the heat, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
3. Put the ground beef in a bowl and season with roasted garlic salt and pepper.
4. Add onions, breadcrumbs, and egg whites to the ground beef mixture.
5. Shape the mixture into meatballs.
6. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
7. Add the meatballs and cook until brown
8. Combine the flour and 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl and stir with a whisk.
9. Add this to the bell pepper mixture along with the meatballs and cook for another 3 minutes.
10. Stir in the basil
Sidenotes: 1) I recently discovered roasted garlic salt through another recipe and found that it was the best thing on EARTH! I had a hard time trying to find it in the grocery stores around here, but that's not saying much because most of the grocery stores in my immediate area are terrible!! So, if you don't have roasted garlic salt, you can use regular salt and garlic powder OR crushed garlic. 2) The recipe calls for the meatballs to be about 1 inch around, but you can make them bigger or smaller depending on what you prefer. You could even make patties! Just know that the Nutritional Information is based off of 1 inch meatballs.
I'd already started eating this before I realized I hadn't taken a picture of it yet...so I had to clean the plate up a bit to give you guys a decent picture! This meal didn't take long to prepare or cook. I ate it with rice and would have probably prepared something green to go along with it had I thought about that upfront. I also had to hunt down the beef consommé because the grocery store I went to didn't have it.
Here are the Nutritional facts. I was amazed!
Yields 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup of bell pepper mixture & 9 meatballs
Amount per serving
Calories: 263 ; Calories from fat: 34% ; Fat: 9.8g ; Saturate fat: 2.9g ; Monounsaturated fat: 4.7g ; Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g ; Protein: 30.2g ; Carbohydrate: 12.4g ; Fiber: 1.9g ; Cholesterol: 70mg ; Iron: 4.3mg ; Sodium: 788mg ; Calcium: 34mg
Those numbers aren't half bad, right?! Something so good just seems like it would be bad for you!! This is definitely a recipe I'm recommending for you all to try.
What tasty meals have you prepared that are also healthy??