Sautéed mushrooms, celery and garlic add savory flavor and help keep calories in check and portions hearty in this easy pork meatball recipe. Try the Italian-flavored meatballs tucked into a toasted baguette with sautéed peppers and onions or over creamy polenta for a quick dinner. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Finely chop mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  • Add breadcrumbs, fennel, tomatoes, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper to the cooled vegetables; stir until combined. Add pork and mix gently to combine (do not overmix). Form into 30 meatballs (a scant 2 tablespoons each) and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake the meatballs until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Freeze baked, cooled meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; 7.1 g total fat; 2.2 g saturated fat; 44 mg cholesterol; 340 mg sodium. 428 mg potassium; 11.8 g carbohydrates; 1.7 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 17.9 g protein; 104 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 29 mcg folate; 47 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 26 mg magnesium;