Meatballs with Sweet and Sassy Sauce (Diabetic)


1 pound ground turkey breast
1 pound ground sirloin
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup saltine cracker crumbs
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
3 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup medium salsa
1 can (14 3/4-ounce) reduced-fat and sodium chicken broth
1 can (12-ounce) tomato paste
1/4 cup Equal? Spoonful*
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
Hot cooked rice or pasta (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. For Meatballs, combine all ingredients.
Shape into 1 1/2-inch diameter meatballs. Place on 15 by 10 inch baking pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven to wire rack.
2. Meanwhile, for Sauce, combine all ingredients in large saucepan with cover. Place cooked meatballs in sauce. Heat to simmer over medium heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes to blend flavors. Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta, if desired.

Helpful Hints:

Makes 8 servings.
* May substitute 6 packets Equal sweetener
Nutrition information per serving:
calories 266 protein 28 g carbohydrate 16 g
fat 10 g cholesterol 131 mg sodium 461 mg
Food Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.
Meatballs made with a blend of ground turkey and beef are simmered in a
spicy, slightly sweet sauce that will get your attention! Serve over pasta or rice.

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