Beef meatballs on bok choy nests (Diabetic)


1 pound lean ground beef (8% fat or less)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 beaten egg white
1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
1 slice whole wheat bread
3/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon lite (low-sodium) soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic plus 1 teaspoon minced garlic
Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound bok choy, washed and patted dry
1/2 cup low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1 teaspoon sesame oil (or canola oil)


Preheat oven to 350F. Combine beef, green onions, egg white, and water chestnuts in a medium-size mixing bowl. Tear the slice of bread into fingernail-size pieces into the bowl. Add five-spice powder, red pepper, soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon garlic, and mix well. Mold into 24 one-inch meatballs. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and cook the meatballs in the skillet in small batches so they brown evenly. Quickly brown on all sides, turning frequently, but do not cook through. Place meatballs on a baking sheet or dish sprayed with nonstick
cooking spray in a single layer. Place in oven and bake an additional 10 minutes
until cooked through.
Bok choy nests
While meatballs are cooking in the oven, cut 2 inches off bottom(s) of bok choy and discard. Cut remaining stalks and leaves into bite-size pieces, slicing horizontally across the leaves. Heat chicken broth in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. When liquid begins to boil, add second teaspoon of garlic, sesame oil, and bok choy pieces. Stir-fry over medium-high heat for about 34 minutes; bok choy should
retain its crispness.
To serve, remove hot bok choy with large tongs or a slotted spoon and make a small nest on each of four plates. Center six meatballs within the bok choy nest.
Yield: 4 servings

Helpful Hints:

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 to 17 minutes
Serving size: 6 meatballs, 1/2 cup bok choy
Nutrition Facts
Per Serving:
Calories: 203
Carbohydrate: 7 g
Protein: 28 g
Fat: 7 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 70 mg
Sodium: 427 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Exchanges per serving: 4 lean meat, 1 vegetable
Carbohydrate choices: 1/2

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