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Recipes for Diabetics: Greek Lemon Meatballs

This is the first recipe in a new category on RestlessChipotle. Possibly if it is popular it might get its own blog.. for now though look for the category, Recipes for Diabetics.

I have been a careful eater all my life. As a teen I was anorexic which led to an almost obsessive compulsive need to eat clean when I did eat. That led to veganism. That was modified to vegetarianism…and then just whole foods eating. Well, I am now engaged to a man who has been a type 1 diabetic for most of his life and has eaten out much of the time. I am having to learn a new way of cooking and he is having to learn a new way of eating… because I want him to be healthy for a long, long time.

greek-lemon-meatballs

This recipe, using the meatballs from Costco and the sauce together has 8.5 g of carbs and 310 calories per serving.

These are fabulous, easy, and quick if you use the frozen appetizer meatballs or if you have some homemade in the freezer. In the interest of carb counts and calories I used Kirkland frozen meatballs from Costco.

To help you compare the brand you use (or homemade)- a serving of the Kirkland meatballs (5 meatballs), straight from the package has the following:

Calories – 270

Fat -  20 g

Carbs – 6 g

Fiber – 1 g

Protein – 16 g

The sauce on these is light, tart, and rich. I finished the sauce with a tablespoon of butter to add sheen and richness but you could easily leave it out for less fat. It is flavorful enough that you could easily substitute turkey meatballs or other low fat choice if you like.

Serve with a salad, and maybe a whole grain baguette or bruschetta for a great lunch or dinner.

Greek Lemon Meatballs

serves 6

  • 30 meat balls, cooked
  • 1 cup organic chicken broth
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 4 cups baby spinach cut in chiffonade
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 egg,beaten
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  1. Bring the lemon juice, zest,garlic, chicken broth,thyme, and meatballs to a simmer in a large pan. Cover.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove meatballs to a holding dish.
  3. Carefully whisk in egg – be careful it doesn’t curdle
  4. Simmer, whisking constantly until sauce thickens.
  5. Add butter.
  6. Add the meatballs and the spinach and warm through.

Nutrition Information for sauce:

6 Servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 40.3
Total Fat 2.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 41.4 mg
Sodium 186.8 mg
Potassium 214.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 0.6 g
Protein 1.9 g

2 comments

  1. Cara

    Sounds wonderful! I am very careful about what I eat too, and try to focus on whole foods and a moderately low carb intake. And somehow I always forget about meatballs, I think because I associate them with pasta. But these sound like the perfect meatball to have without pasta.

    1. maryeaudet

      Thanks Cara! They were very good. WOuld be good with couscous if you wanted the carbs…

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