Meatballs and Polenta {10 WW+ Dinner}

Wow. I haven't had as tasty a dinner as last night's in a LONG time. Well, at least one that I made. This meal just hit the spot. Definitely a comfort food meal that's perfect for any time of year. The flavors really melded together and the richness of the meat and polenta was spot on. I've only ever tried the already cooked polenta in the log looking thing. And it just wasn't my cup of tea. Joseph didn't much care for it either. But this meal? Yeah, it was perfect.

I did vary a lot from the original recipe. I don't know what overcame me but as I was looking at the original ingredients I knew I could "one up" myself and make a fabulous meatball. And I did. These were tasty and flavorful. I even froze two thirds of the baked batch to use for future meals. I love making extras to use in the future!

Just serve with your favorite veggies, or a large salad, for a completely balanced meal. 

Inspiration: Two Pink Hippos

Meatballs and Polenta
  • 1 pound 99% fat-free raw ground turkey breast
  • 1 pound 85% lean/15% fat raw ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 15 oz canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon basil, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup pre-cooked polenta, dry
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 oz mozzarella, shredded, fat free
  • 1/2 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 teaspoon regular butter
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine the beef, turkey, egg, bread crumbs, worcestershire sauce, and herbs & spices in a bowl.

Use your hands to mix the ingredients together. Form meatballs about 2" diameter and place them on a baking pan. (I weighed each meatball at 2 oz and got 19 meatballs.) Bake for 25 minutes.

While the meatballs are baking, dice your onion and mice the garlic and basil. Saute the onion & garlic until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and basil. Let simmer.

After meatballs are done bake, transfer from the oven to the sauce. Cook for another 10-20 minutes, turning the meatballs occasionally so all meatballs are coated with sauce.

Place chicken broth in a medium pot. Set to medium high and bring to a boil. Once boiling whisk in the polenta. Continue to wisk for 3 minutes or until thick. Add cheese and salt, to taste, and continue to whisk until the cheese has melted and is combined with the polenta. Remove from heat and divide in half on two plates.

Serve meatballs over polenta. Top with a little chopped parsley and grated Parmesan if desired.

1 2oz meatball = 1 serving
1/2 polenta (roughly 1 cup) = 1 serving

2 Servings | 10 WW+ Points


CB said...

Great balls of fire! (Sorry I couldn't resist.) I'm so glad you loved the recipe. I'll have to try your polenta recipe next time. I bet the chicken broth and cheese were fabu.

Heather said...

Danielle, this looks and sounds amazing! I'm going to make this next week; I think even my super picky DH will love it!


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