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Light Swedish Meatballs are little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg.

Light Swedish Meatballs

Light Swedish Meatballs are little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg. Serve plain or with your favorite sauce. They make great appetizers too!

Light Swedish Meatballs are little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg.

With hectic schedules from work, kids, grand kids and just trying to have a life, I am all about easy and delicious anytime meals. For years, Swedish Meatballs have been a favorite around here…everyone loves them! The only problem was that all that decadent rich flavor also carries a decadent calorie count.  Since I am not getting any younger or thinner for that matter, I started researching how to make this amazing meal lighter and heathier, without sacrificing a day’s worth of calories.

I found a recipe from Cooking Light that I loosely adapted to fit to my family’s tastes.

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Light Swedish Meatballs are little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg.
Light Swedish Meatballs are little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg.

Tips and Hints for making the best Light Swedish Meatballs recipe:

  • Start with quality meat – use organic ground beef if possible
  • I always say this, but the best results start with quality ingredients, so use the best you can afford.
  • When it comes to using spices, keep the shelf fresh by storing spices in a cool, dark place, away from direct heat or sunlight. In tightly closed containers whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 2 to 3 years and dried herbs for 1 to 3 years.
  • For the butter, make it the unsalted variety. Unsalted butter gives you, the cook, complete control of the overall flavor of your recipe
  • For extra heat, increase the red pepper flakes  from 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon or to your taste.
Light Swedish Meatballs are little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg.

Tools and Ingredients needed to make the best Light Swedish Meatballs:

  • Cast Iron or other heavy duty skillet – I love my cast iron skillet. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet will develop a non-stick surface that can go safely from the stove top then right into the oven.
  • Caraway Seeds – give this dish an authentic European flavor and is a popular ingredient in Germany, Scandinavia and Austria.
Light Swedish Meatballs are little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg.
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Light Swedish Meatballs

Little beef meatballs made with extra lean meat and no egg. Serve plain or with your favorite sauce. They make great appetizers too!
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 226kcal

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INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

  • 1-1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy skillet. Once the skillet is hot, and oil shimmering, add the onions, garlic, salt, pepper, caraway seeds and red pepper flakes. Stir everything around to mix all of the spices with the onion.
  • Cook the onions over medium heat about 5-7 minutes, or the onions are translucent. Scrape the onion mixture into a large bowl and allow to cool completely.
  • Add the beef, bread crumbs and egg to the bowl. Use clean hands to combine everything. For each meatball, grab  2 TBSP of the beef mixture and roll into a ball using your palms. Line a baking pan with waxed paper to set the rolled meatballs onto before frying.
  • Using the same skillet the onions were cooked in, start to fry the meatballs. Heat the skillet on medium-high heat. When hot, work in batches, adding the meatballs and cook on all sides until browned and cooked thru, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the meatballs from the pan with a slotted spoon and keep warm until serving, or refrigerate in a covered container for up 2 days.

NOTES

*Note- if you are salt-sensitive, omit the salt in the recipe and salt to taste before serving

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Light Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (5 meatballs)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 439mg19%
Potassium 484mg14%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 114IU2%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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© Copyright Christine Mello for Must Love Home. We would love for you to share a link to this recipe but please do not copy/paste the recipe instructions to websites or social media. We are happy for you to share a photo with a link back to this website instead.

Post updated February 2018

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