Tis the season for trying to desperately search or brainstorm an appetizer to make for just another Christmas potluck. Well this year I got you covered. Most pot lucks lack protein besides the last minute people who bring the meat and cheese trays.
What I have found is a lot of people bring a whole lot of carbs and it’s basically a big carb overload party. There is nothing wrong with indulging in some delicious carbohydrates but a good way to stay in check with your nutrition is to get adequate protein as well.
So my strategy for staying on track is picking out the foods higher in protein and loading those on my plate first. Then choosing the best most delicious looking carbs from the bunch to try, usually sticking to only the ones I enjoy.
I find most people love a good ole meatball so this is my inexpensive protein filled appetizer idea that I’m personally making for my potluck tonight!
Because it’s packed with most of the sauce ingredients and seasoned before baked, these mighty and spicey balls are on the healthier side as there’s no need to slather them up with sauce. They transport well and are good warm or cold if heating them up isn’t an option.
Hope you enjoy these balls and feel stress free making them too!
Makes two dozen
Cals per ball 45
400g extra lean ground beef
¼ cup whole wheat panko crumbs
¼ cup parmesan
2 tbsp sriracha
1 tbsp honey
½ grated onion
2 minced garlic cloves
½ tbsp dried parsley
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients really well in a big bowl with a gloved hand. Form into 24 small meatballs. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes turning them after the first 15 minutes.
Enjoy your holiday festivities!