I did make a meatloaf that we thoroughly enjoyed with 1 pound of it. And I used 2 pounds to make a huge pot of spicy chili so we have lots of that in the freezer for easy meals on days when I am busy or uninspired to cook!
I decided to make some meatballs, so I took one of the packages out of the freezer and thawed it in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning I put together a few simple ingredients and made up the meatballs, baked them in the oven and then let them cool a bit before putting then into a storage container to refrigerate.
We had some of them later for lunch… I decided that 3 each would be a good lunch portion and I heated them for 1 minute in the microwave oven… they are very good... very meaty, and the texture is actually a bit drier than I thought it might be.
In the past when I made meatballs, I used oats or breadcrumbs and egg in the mixture. I knew I didn’t want grains in these so I left out the egg as well and hoped that they would hold their shape. And they do, quite nicely!
I have been eating them on fried cauliflower 'rice' and on pizza, and The Captain has enjoyed some on noodles and in soup... I am going to be making another batch very soon.
Makes 16 meatballs
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350° F.
- For easy clean up, cover a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat it with a non-stick spray.
- Mix all the ingredients together well in a medium bowl. Get in there with your freshly-washed hands and make 16 golf ball-sized meatballs and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, till cooked through.
- Allow to cool slightly and then remove from baking sheet.
Weight Watchers P+ = 1.
Calories 52; Protein 6g; Carbohydrate 0g; Fat 3g; Fibre 0g.
Ready to pop into the oven.
And after baking and cooling a bit.
I had mine on a bed of cauliflower ‘rice’.
Just right for a lovely and filling lunch!
A couple of people suggested that I try lettuce wraps with some of this ground beef, too. Do you have a recipe or a method you would share?