My husband has been on a law carb diet since this past October and bless his soul he made through the holidays without falling off the wagon. I try to help him stay on track by preparing meals similar to this Low Carb Meatballs and Creamy Spinach and he can make several meals out of this. For a while we got into a chicken rut , we all love chicken but I felt like I was about to start clucking , lol. When I started making things with ground meat I needed a binding agent and I couldn’t use bread crumbs. Using only eggs wasn’t working out well so one day I added some grated parmesan cheese . It worked GREAT!! It not only helped hold things together but it added flavor and texture.
I have found with Russell as long as I make his dishes flavorful he doesn’t feel like he is missing the things he used to eat. One of his favorite snacks that we all enjoy is a Low Carb Spicy Cheese Ball. He has it was veggies and the rest of us have it with the evil carb loaded crackers , LOL. Another one of his favorite dishes is a Low Carb Bacon Cheese Burger soup, it has all the flavors of a cheese burger without the carbs.
Making these are a cinch , start by mixing the ground meat, eggs, cream, grated parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder , salt and pepper
I used a cookie scoop but heaping tablespoons will work to form the meat balls. While doing this heat up skillet and olive oil.
Brown meatballs giving the skillet a few shake to prevent sticking. Flip meat balls over trying to get all sides brown
Once the meatballs are browned add beef broth .
Add red pepper flakes and salt, simmer for 20-25 minutes
Once meatballs are cooked well remove them from the pan and set aside
The beef broth should be reduced by at least by half
Add cream cheese and cream and stir until it is melted and smooth
Add Mozzarella cheese
Everything should melt nice and smooth
Add spinach and incorporate it with the cream to wilt the spinach
Stir meatballs into the creamy spinach
Low Carb Meatballs and Creamy Spinach
- 2 LBS ground chuck
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil for pan
- 14 oz can beef broth
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 6 oz container fresh baby spianch
- In a large mixing bowl mix ground meat , cream, eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder
- Using a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoons form the meat balls
- Heat olive oil up in a large skillet and begin browning meatballs
- Slightly shaking the pan to keep the meat balls from sticking .
- Once the meatballs are browned on all sides add a can of beef broth
- Add salt and red pepper flakes and bring the broth up to a boil then reduce the heat to medium
- Let the meatballs cook for about 20-25 minutes undercovered
- Remove meatballs from the broth. The broth should be reduced by at least half
- Add cream cheese first and allow it to melt a bit
- Add cream and allow everything to be smooth and melted--stir with a spatula
- Once the mixture is melted add mozzarella cheese and stir well..it will become thick
- Add baby spinach stir the cheese mixture in and let it wilt the spinach
- Once the spinach is wilted stir in meatballs
This was the best keto meal I’ve prepared in a long time!! Thank you!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It is a favorite at my house.
Can frozen spinach be used?
Hi Maya .. I have never used frozen spinach but I’m sure it would work. I would defrost it and squeeze all the liquid out or it may water down the sauce.
Hi! Had to come back and let you know how great this dish was! I used fresh spinach. We don’t eat beef so substitute for ground turkey and used chicken broth. Really tasty!
Thanks Maya .. so glad you enjoyed it.
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Can frozen meatballs be used?
Hi Karen , I have never frozen this recipe . I would be a little concerned about the sauce. If you try please let us know the results.
Debbie, I sure will. Can you tell me approximately how many meatballs your recipe makes? TIA
I sure will. Approximately how many meatballs does your recipe make?
Hi Karen .. it depends on the size you make them. I typically use a 2 TBS cookie scoop and get 24-26 but they are on the small to medium size.
Debbie, I made this tonight with frozen meatballs. I bake the meatballs and while they were finishing baking I made the sauce. Then both sauce and meatballs were done, I mixed them together. Served it with a side of cauliflower rice and it was a big hit with my husband and myself. He told me to put it into our rotation of favorite recipes. Thanks so much for recipe
That’s fantastic Karen .. I am so glad you found a new recipe to rotate in . This is one of my husbands favorites as well.