I had friends coming for dinner recently and decided to prepare meatballs. I should have done some more homework prior to preparation because I’ve since read that Bison is simply healthier than regular cow beef as it is lower in saturated fat. I hadn’t had a lot of experience with it, so I mixed the two types of meat. The next time I’m looking for a low-fat meat to have for dinner, It will likely be the bison because it is one of the leanest meats that still has a lot of protein. It is the amount of protein you get in bison meat, without the saturated fat that makes this a great alternative to regular beef. I found the ground Bison at Costco and created this dish using some additional healthy ingredients that I had on hand.
I’m including Weight Watchers *SmartPoints™
20.07 oz. Bison, ground *28
21.44 oz. Lean Beef, ground *40
6 slices Bacon, unsmoked, cooked and sliced *12
4 oz. Lean Boneless Pork, cooked (leftover and optional) *4
1 Large Onion, chopped
1/3 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs *3
2/3 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs *4
1/2 Cup Egg Beaters
2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper, to taste
25 meatballs, 7 Weight Watchers *SmartPoints™ each.
This nutritious meat is a healthy alternative to these more commonly consumed meats because it is a great source of nutrients including zinc, which helps the immune system, hair and skin health and overall cell function; Niacin, which helps convert food into energy for the body; Iron, carrying oxygen through the body; Vitamin B6, with oodles of value of for physical and even mental health; and Selenium, which helps prevent cellular damage from free radical.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Gently combine all of the ingredients, without over mixing by hand. Scoop using an ice cream scoop for even amounts and roll into balls before placing them onto cookie sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
I seasoned the meatballs on the outside too and par-cooked them the night before for roughly 10 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking process and allowed them to cool before refrigerating.
About an hour and a half prior to the dinner the next day, I placed the meatballs into my homemade red sauce and simmered over low heat until I was ready to serve.
Serve with your favorite pasta! I tried a new Organic Edamame Spaghetti that I also found at Costco. It was good, but I found that it was better when mixed with regular pasta.