The Deen Bros. Lighter Sweet and Sour Meatballs

The Deen Bros. Lighter Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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238 Fewer Calories
12 g Less Fat


1 pound lean ground turkey
1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder or ground allspice
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 (8-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained, liquid reserved
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 scallions, thinly sliced


Mix together the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, shallot, ginger, garlic, salt, and five-spice powder until thoroughly combined. With damp hands, shape the mixture into 24 (11/2-inch) balls.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Wipe the skillet clean.

Add the reserved pineapple liquid, water, ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar to the skillet; bring to a boil. Add the meatballs and bell pepper to the skillet. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring gently once or twice, until the meatballs are cooked through and the bell pepper is tender-crisp, 6 – 8 minutes. Gently stir in the pineapple chunks and scallions; heat through.

Nutritional Information:

(3 meatballs with 1/2 cup sauce) 151 Cal; 15 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 16 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 12 g Sugar; 36 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 286 mg Sodium; 60 mg Cholesterol Original Nutrition: Per Serving: 389 Cal; 7 g Protein; 15 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 87 g Carb; 4 g Fiber; 76 g Sugar; 79 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 2134 mg Sodium; 8 mg Cholesterol

Original Recipe by Paula Deen: Shane's Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Take It Lighter recipe courtesy of Bobby and Jamie Deen, and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Difficulty: Easy

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