Spicy Meatballs

Spicy Meatballs

Serves 4

These meatballs are hearty enough to be served without pasta. Instead, simply spoon them into a bowl, along with their sauce, and serve with a simple green salad for dinner.

  • 1/2 cup uncooked bulgur wheat
  • 3/4 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted tomato sauce
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Stir 1/2 cup water and bulgur together in a large bowl and set aside to let sit for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 500°F. When bulgur has absorbed the water, combine with beef, onions, garlic, cumin, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and egg whites and mix well with your hands. Form into 12 meatballs, then arrange them in a shallow baking dish. Bake until meatballs just start to brown, about 15 minutes. Combine tomato sauce and 1/2 cup water in a bowl, then pour over meatballs. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking, uncovered, basting meatballs with tomato sauce occasionally, until meatballs are done and sauce has thickened slightly, about 30 minutes more. Serve hot.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:230 calories (30 from fat), 3.5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 45mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 24g protein
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