New Favorite Meatballs

A lot of people opt for turkey or chicken meatballs and sausage, thinking that they're much leaner than beef. If you buy them pre-prepared, that does tend to be the case. But even the chicken and turkey meatballs and sausage you find at the grocery store or in restaurants derive at least 50% of their calories from fat and contain an insane amount of sodium. Yikes, right? That's why I make my own -- they taste better and I can use real beef or real pork when I want.

 olive oil spray
2  egg whites
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon dried {minced onion}
1/2 teaspoon dried {oregano}
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed {red pepper} flakes
1 pound 96% lean ground beef
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a large nonstick baking sheet with the olive oil spray.

In a medium bowl, using a fork, mix together the egg whites, oats, and milk until well combined. Add the parsley, onion, oregano, garlic powder, salt and crushed red pepper flakes and mix until combined. Mix in the beef until well combined.

Make 32 uniform meatballs, each about 1 1/4" diameter (use a cookie scoop or 2 tablespoons for ease). Roll the balls with your hands and arrange, not touching, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink inside.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 7-10 min

Servings: makes 32 meatballs

Recipe By: Devin Alexander

From:  The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook
Used with permission of Rodale