10/03/2014 11:11 EDT | Updated 10/03/2014 11:59 EDT

Meatball Recipes: 5 Ways To Make Spaghetti's Best Friend

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There's just something satisfying about our favourite type of meat (or vegetarian protein) rolled up and fried into little bite-sized balls. And although it's hard to imagine plates of plain spaghetti and sauce without the addition of meatballs, they can also be made into tiny bite-sized appetizers or supersized as entree dishes.

And because they can be made with just about any type of meat and non-meat, you can make everything from turkey meatballs to oat and soy meatballs to ones with classic ground beef. According to calorie counting website fatsecret, a medium size beef meatball has about 57 calories, 3.69 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.

Meatballs aren't considered the most nutritious side dish, but you can easily make them healthier by using lean meat and fresh herbs and spices.

And in case you missed it, last week we packed garlic.


Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.

  • Ground beef
  • Ground pork
  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Breadcrumbs (panko)
  • Potatoes
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Red miso
  • Cornstarch
  • Dark sesame oil
  • Quinoa
  • Carrots
  • Red wine
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Rolled oats
  • Shallots
  • Ground veal
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Parsley
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