Friday, September 5, 2014

General Tso's Meatballs


We love General Tso's when we go out for Chinese.  This is a bit healthier!  I adapted the original recipe and used hamburger.  Jenna and I LOVED these!   She had hers over rice, while I just ate the meatballs!  We did double the sauce and it was perfect!
General Tso’s Meatballs (Low Carb & Gluten Free)
adapted from http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 4 meatballs

For the Meatballs
1 lb ground ground beef
2 Tbl minced ginger
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg
light flavored oil for frying (olive, grapeseed, etc)

For the Sauce (you will want to double this!)

1/2 tsp sesame oil
3 Tbl rice wine vinegar
3 Tbl soy sauce 1/4 cup water
3 Tbl sugar substitute
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (or arrowroot powder) Beth used cornstarch
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
4 – 5 small dried chilies, seeded and chopped**Beth used 4 chile de Arbol for a double batch


To make the meatballs:

Combine all of the meatball ingredients and mix thoroughly. Form into 16 balls and saute/fry in oil over medium heat until cooked through and crispy. Alternatively you could bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees

To make the sauce:
Combine the sesame oil, vinegar, GF soy sauce, water, sugar substitute, and cornstarch in a small saucepan and whisk until combined. Add the scallions and chili pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer for five minutes until thickened and remove from heat.

To serve:

Add the cooked meatballs to the thickened sauce and stir to coat. Garnish with more chopped scallions and chilis if desired.

Approx nutrition info per serving: 322 calories, 25g fat, 3.75g net carbs, 23g protein

To lower the fat and calories, use extra lean ground turkey, and bake rather than fry them.

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