Meatballs can be moist AND healthy!? Well. Sorta.
These aren’t like….. super duper going to lose a bazillion pounds healthy. But they are, you know, on the healthier side……
They are also mini so your eyes will make you feel like you’re eating a ton more as oppose to one and feeling lonely.
I’m about to start a “healthier Julia in 3o days” thang, which I”ll be posting about this weekend…. or maybe Monday. Depending on how crazy I get this weekend. Kidding. I don’t really get crazy. I have a break for the next six weeks before the festivities start right back up with the holiday season and I would like to be able to pull of a cable knit sweater and not have anyone ask me if I’m carrying a child. Kidding. Cable knit will always make you appear that way. At least for me. If you aren’t one of those people. Go to hell 😉
So this is where the healthier meatball inspiration came from. I also just love the crap out of meatballs. I really do. My son also LOVES them so two birds one stone (skip the red pepper and add black pepper instead if you have kiddos, you don’t have to, just a suggestion).
These bad boys can also be made in under 30 minutes (at least the first 15, depending on how many you make and how big your pan is it might take you a little longer).
Another great thing is that these are a really tasty “game day” appetizer! Or any party appetizer. Just throw three or four mini meatballs on a skewer and now you’ve got Meat Kebobs. Or Meat pops. Mops. Mebobs.
I substituted my usual pound of beef for ground turkey however kept my two pounds of sweet italian sausage to really enhance the flavor and still give it that moist texture. Instead of white bread I used only about a half cup of panko crumbs with only a third cup of a milk as I wanted to go lighter on these meat balls and felt the texture of the sausage would hold the meatball together really well. I skipped on the egg and just added the spices and was really pleased with my results. The tomato sauce was very basic only having four ingredients because I wanted the meatballs to stand out and not be overpowered by the sauce. They just needed a light coating. After cooking the meatballs I put three or four on a skewer for easy serving and portion control.
*I also made sure to add substitutions in the ingredients/instructions below if you are on a Paleo or Gluten Free diet.