Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs


This recipe, Swedish Meatballs is from Diabetic Connect.  These Swedish meatballs are made with a combination of lean ground turkey breast and ground pork, flavored with nutmeg and cardamom and simmered in a creamy mushroom sauce.  Serve over brown rice pilaf spiked with almonds and currents or whole-wheat egg noodles.


Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Swedish Meatballs

½ cup finely chopped onion

¼ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs

¾ tsp. salt, divided

½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground cardamom

8 oz. ground turkey breast

8 oz. ground pork

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin oil

1 lb. button mushrooms, sliced

1 ¼ oz. can reduced-sodium chicken broth

¼ cup flour

½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam


Combine onion, bread crumbs, ¼ tsp. salt, pepper, nutmeg and cardamom in a large bowl.  Add turkey and pork; gently mix to combine (DO NOT OVERMIX).  Using a scant 2 tablespoons for each, make about 20 meatballs.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally and reducing the heat if the pan gets too HOT, until almost cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.  Transfer to a plate.

Add mushrooms to the pan and increase heat to medium-high.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until their liquid has been released and evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

Whisk broth and flour in a bowl and add to the pan along with the meatballs.  Bring to a simmer and cook until the meatballs are just cooked through and the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat.  Add sour cream, parsley, jam and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt to the sauce; gently stir until combined.           5 servings   (4 meatball 2/3 cup sauce)

*  Freeze cooked meatballs in sauce airtight for up to 3 months.  Defrost before reheating. 


(Recipe for Swedish Meatballs came from Diabetic Connect, 2014)


Sesame Chicken Skewers

Sesame Chicken Skewers

Sesame Chicken Skewers

Sherrie Wolfe writes, “This is an excellent chicken marinade for grilling on a warm day. “

Sesame Chicken Skewers Recipe

Sesame Chicken Skewers

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks

2 red peppers, cut into chunks

2 cups button mushrooms

Marinade:   6 Tbsp. soy sauce


4 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. sesame or vegetable oil



½ cup chopped onion (1 small onion)

Place the chicken chunks in a zip-top bag.  In a bowl the marinade ingredients and mix well.  Pour into the bag with the chicken and marinate for a few hours.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread onto skewers with bell peppers and mushrooms.

Grill or broil over medium heat, about 5-7 minutes per side.  The marinade will blacken if the heat is high, because of the sugar in it, but it will still taste great!

(Recipe for Sesame Chicken Skewers came from Penzeys Spices)