When you’re dead set on your physique and gym goals, meatballs probably aren’t the first food to come to mind as you plan your meals. But while many meatballs are high in carbs, fat, and sodium, they can also be a great source of minerals, such as zinc and iron, B vitamins, and, of course, muscle-building protein. These mini meatballs contain far fewer carbs and a lot less sodium than many storebought brands and are packed with a lot of flavor, thanks to the herbs, garlic, and variety of meat used. They’re the perfect food to have around when you’re craving a tasty, highprotein snack and are even great for serving at a party. Enjoy!


  • 2 eggs (for meatballs)
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley (for meatballs)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (for meatballs)
  • 1 tsp minced fresh oregano (for meatballs)
  • 8 oz ground beef (for meatballs)
  • 8 oz ground pork (for meatballs)
  • 8 oz ground veal (for meatballs)
  • 2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs (for meatballs)
  • 1½ cups fat-free half-and-half (for parmesan cream)
  • 1 tsp chicken base (for parmesan cream)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, powdered or grated (for parmesan cream)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley (for parmesan cream)
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil, for sautéing (for parmesan cream)


  1. To prepare the meatballs, whisk the eggs, parsley, garlic, and oregano in a small mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, blend the beef, pork, and veal lightly by hand—do not overwork. Add the herbed eggs to the meat.
  3. Add panko breadcrumbs and mix to bind the meat and eggs, then hold in refrigerator for 20–30 minutes.
  4. To prepare the Parmesan sauce, combine half-and-half and chicken base in a saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until slightly thickened.
  5. Add cheese and parsley. Reduce heat and cook for a final 10 minutes. Remove from heat and hold warm.
  6. Portion meat into one-inch balls. Set aside.
  7. In a sauté pan, heat the grapeseed oil, then brown the meatballs, 10 to 12 at a time, on medium heat until golden brown—about 7 to 10 minutes. Place cooked meatballs in a large mixing bowl and blend with the cream sauce, tossing to coat. Remove from sauce, skewer, and serve.
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