Ginger Meatballs

Sweet pineapple plays beautifully with these mouthwatering meatballs, browned to perfection on the outside and tender and meaty inside.
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef (or pork, 
chicken or turkey)
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 4 tsp peeled and grated ginger, divided
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 3 tbsp diced dried unsweetened apricots
  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 packets stevia
  • 2 cups cooked whole-wheat couscous
  • 1 oz slivered unsalted almonds or pine 
nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Prepare meatballs: In a medium bowl, combine beef, oats, jalapeño (if using), 1 tbsp ginger, egg whites, black pepper and 1/8 tsp salt. Scoop out
1 tbsp mixture and shape into a ball; transfer to a large plate. Repeat with remaining beef mixture, making about 24 meatballs. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add meatballs and cook until browned, turning frequently, about 5 minutes.
  2. Mist a 3- to 3½-qt slow cooker with cooking spray. Add red onion to cover bottom, top with meatballs, cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until no longer pink in center.
  3. In a small bowl, combine pineapple, apricots, vinegar, 1/4 cup water, stevia and remaining 1 tsp ginger. Pour over top of meatballs and cook for 15 more minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, toss couscous with almonds and green onion. Divide couscous mixture among plates or bowls. Gently stir meatball mixture and spoon over top of couscous. Sprinkle with remaining 1/8 tsp salt and cilantro.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 6 meatballs with sauce and 1/2 cup couscous mixture
  • Calories: 381
  • Carbohydrate Content: 38 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 60 mg
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 220 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 2 g