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    Healthier, Lighter Half-Meat Meatballs or Meatloaf

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    1 hr

    20 mins

    40 mins

    One Happy Woman's Note:

    This is a blend of a vegetarian meatloaf from Vegetarian Times and a regular meatloaf recipe. We like meat. And we're trying to lower our refined carb and fat intake. Not always easy. This makes delicious meatballs. I bake these, and serve in marinara, or for a splurge, in Trader Joe's Alfredo Sauce to which I add a little white wine, over broth-'sauteed' onions, cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. Pretty darned good, lemme tell ya.

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    Serves: 8



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Reconstitute 1/2 12-ounce package of TSP/TVP according to package directions, in either hot water or with additional hot low-sodium broth.
    2. 2
      Finely chop the celery, onions, scallions, garlic and mushrooms and 'saute' in 1 T oil for a few minutes, then add the broth and stir over medium heat until soft. Let cool.
    3. 3
      Crumble the tofu, add the rest of the ingredients and the cooked vegetables and mix well with your hands. Add a more bread crumbs if needed to bind these; they will be light and will firm up a bit in the oven while they cook.
    4. 4
      Microwave a small amount to taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
    5. 5
      Form into meatballs and bake on non-stick spray prepared foil until cooked through. I make 1 1/2 inch meatballs, because that's the size my ice cream scooper makes, and I bake them at 350 for about 40 minutes. If you want to make a meatloaf with this, bake it for an hour.

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    Nutritional Facts for Healthier, Lighter Half-Meat Meatballs or Meatloaf

    Serving Size: 1 (177 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 301.0
    Calories from Fat 168
    Total Fat 18.7 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 85.8 mg
    Sodium 538.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 2.6 g
    Protein 20.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    textured vegetable protein

    lemon pepper

    low sodium vegetable broth

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