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Monday 28 August 2017

Italian Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese : Low Carb and Delicious

Tomato sauce, rich and comforting. Mozzarella, fresh and creamy. Meatballs, with just the right touch of onion and oregano. It's like spaghetti night, but without the carbs. Enjoy ...

Serves Four
4g carbs per serving
1 lb / 450 g ground (minced) beef
2 oz. / 50 g grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 tablespoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
14 oz. / 400 g canned whole tomatoes
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
7 oz. / 200 g fresh spinach
2 oz. / 50 g butter
5 oz. / 150 g fresh mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper

Recipe instructions are on Diet Doctor site here

Did you know that Oregano is a pungent green herb with a great affinity for a variety of foods, from lamb to vegetables, stuffing's and egg dishes. Oregano is closely related to marjoram. It is characteristic of many Greek dishes (particularly lamb) and (in the UK) is often sprinkled liberally on pizzas. Oregano grows easily in well protected areas. Because of its high oil content, oregano dries well. You can replace dried oregano for fresh, but reduce the amount used by about half. Dried oregano is a kitchen essential, but make sure you replace it frequently as it quickly loses its pungency. Oregano is one of the herbs in the mixture called herbes de Provence.

Often used to top your favorite pizza, oregano may offer you a range of health benefits you may have never considered. Oregano contains a powerful substance called beta-caryophyllene that helps fight inflammation. This herb is said to benefit people suffering conditions such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis. On top of it’s anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial and antifungal properties can also be added to the list of what make oregano a top pick.
A variety of recipe ideas and articles are within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Barbara said...

Hello Jan, I didn’t know that about Oregano, but it’s a very useful tip, thank you.
The picture of the Italian meatballs is making me feel hungry, oh good it will soon be time for lunch.
Have a lovely week, Barbara.

Tom said...

...also would be good with spiraled zucchini.

Blogoratti said...

Very lovely dish and what an insightful post, nice of you to share. Greetings!

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds very delicious. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Valerie

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

Che buono! :)
Thank you for these lovely posts.
Have a happy week ahead! xx

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the meatballs look delicious. A tasty meal, thanks for sharing.

Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Jo said...

That looks very appetising. We enjoy meatballs very much.

Ygraine said...

This looks amazing...I will definitely give it a try.
Thank you so much for sharing.:))

Hugs xoxoxo

only slightly confused said...

mmmm...I can almost smell them. Wonderful.

Christine said...

Looks yummy. I think I have oregano in my backyard. My sister had given me a plant years ago but we never confirmed what it was. with all the rain this summer it has spread and done well.

Christine said...

My mistake Jan, it's mint, that spread from my neighbour's yard haha. That oregano never survived.

JFM said...

Looks fantastic! With recipes like you post here on your blog Jan, you and your team make life healthier and less complicated for diabetics and those who aren't, to have healthier meals and snacks. Thank you~

William Kendall said...

My mother made them in a similar way. They are tasty.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

YUM---looks and sounds delicious... Makes me hungry!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Jan.

Praying for the flooding in Texas and at my son's home now... He's already gone through way too much this month... Prayers for Mark.


Lisa said...

Meatballs are a favourite here, may well give this recipe a go, with the cheese I'm sure it'll be a hit.
Lisa x

Debbie said...

i am not a huge fan of oregano but i do love me some good, homemade meatballs!!!

Elephant's Child said...

A dish which would make delicious left-overs too.

Mary Kirkland said...

Oh heck yes. That looks good.

Martha said...

This is great. And with such simple ingredients. It doesn't get better than that!

happyone said...

That looks so so good.
I like the bowl it is in too. : )

DeniseinVA said...

I like the sound of this recipe, as I do many of your others. I lso enjoy the extra information, in this case the oregano. Thanks Jan :)

Catarina said...

What a coincidence!!
That was my dinner today: Italian meatballs... bought at the supermarket. Really good!
I use oregano very often as well.
: )

Phil Slade said...

I watched Jamie do his version last night. Bish-bosh. Yours are better.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

We eat a fair amount of pasta and one of the dishes we make is with meatballs. We usually make a whole batch and freeze them in quantities for one meal. It's perfect after a long day of birding to be able to prepare a quick meal with ingredients we have made our selves. We also make large batches of sauce and can it in meal size jars. So a little pasta boiling for eight minutes, grate the Romano Pecorino cheese, open the wine and we are good to go,

Carol Blackburn said...

This is great! I tried substituting almond meal for breadcrumbs to make my meatballs but didn't like the texture it gave them. I didn't think of substituting a cheese. Awesome! I'll give this a try real soon. THANKS!

Magic Love Crow said...

Looks so yummy! Thanks for the information about the oregano! Big Hugs!

Kezzie said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, looks sumptuous!!!!