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Low Calorie Meatball Recipe for Weight Loss

Chef Dan Catanio , On January 27, 2024

Weight loss meal prep tip: Make the meatballs in batches, then you can freeze in 1oz portions and use them for low calorie meals as needed.

Make Low Calorie Meatballs from Scratch

Low Calorie Meatballs Recipe Description

Low-fat, protein-rich meatballs are a simple recipe you can make at home to help on your weight loss journey. These low calorie meatballs make it easy to control your diet with pre-portioned servings.

Each 1oz meatball will contain about 55 calories comprised of 6g of protein, 2.5g of carbohydrates, and 2.5g of fat. This low calorie weight loss recipe makes 8 meatballs.

Ingredients Needed to Make this Low Calorie Meatball Recipe from Scratch

Recipe Ingredients for low calorie meatballs

Ingredients needed to make this low cal meatball recipe.

  • Bread Crumbs ¼C

  • Lean Ground Turkey 8oz

  • Black Pepper 1tsp

  • Kosher Salt 1tsp

  • Granulated Garlic 1tsp

  • Oregano, Parsley 1tsp each

Kitchen Tools Needed to Make This Low Calorie Meatball Recipe from Scratch

Tools Needed to Make this low calorie meatball Recipe

Kitchen tools for low calorie meatballs.

  • Mixing Bowl

  • Measuring Cups/Spoons

  • Food-Safe Nitrile Gloves

  • Baking Sheet

  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula

  • Tongs

How to Make Low Calorie Meatballs from Scratch Recipe Directions

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350º. In your mixing bowl, place 8oz lean ground turkey, ¼C breadcrumbs, and 1tsp of salt, black pepper, parsley, and oregano. Next put on your food-safe nitrile gloves, and fully incorporate these ingredient by kneading the mixture for 1-2 minutes. Once the ingredients are adequately mixed, segment the meatball mixture into 8 equal-sized portions.

    meatball mixture for low calorie meatballs

    Hand mix the ingredients fully.

  2. Roll and shape each segment between the palms of your gloved hands to create 8 spherical, uniform meatballs. Then place each on your baking sheet with at least 1″ of space between each meatball. Remove and dispose of the gloves, place the baking sheet into your oven, and set your kitchen timer for 15 minutes.

    Pro tip: Lay a sheet of parchment paper onto the baking sheet first to reduce cleanup.

    Place meatballs on a baking rack.

  3. Clean any surfaces that came in contact with the raw meatball mixture, and wash your hands. After 15 minutes, check the meatballs by pulling the oven rack out with an oven mitt. With tongs flip each meatball onto its other side, then back into the oven for another 15 minutes. The meatballs are ready when their interior temperature reaches 165º.

    Bake these bodybuilder meatballs for 30 minutes at 350º.

  4. You can enjoy these low calorie meatballs hot and fresh, or you can store them as a meal prep ingredient. For storage, allow them to cool completely before refrigerating or freezing. These meatballs will last 2-3 days in a refrigerator, and 6-8 weeks in a freezer.

    Some marinara sauce enhances these meatballs with little added calories.

Low calorie sides for this low carb Meatball Recipe

This low calorie meatball meal prep recipe is inspired by classic Italian cuisine flavors. They are enhanced when accompanied by a homemade marinara sauce that won’t add too much calories. You may also serve cooled meatballs over a bed of mixed greens salad. For a more unique and tasty option, try the low calorie riced cauliflower. Consistent weight loss can be challenging, so you can also try low calorie meals delivered direct to your doorstep for ultra ease and convenience in your weight loss journey.

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.