Low-Calorie Spanish Meatballs & Garlic Bread


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Prep information

Prep time
15 minutes
Cook time
30 minutes
Recipe by
Michael at Lo-Dough

Nutritional information (per portion (inc. half a lo-dough garlic bread))

341 kcal

A Low-Calorie Tapas Favourite That Will Satisfy As A Main Meal

Spanish meatballs (Albondigas) are a delicious favourite of many tapas lovers. This particular tapa is comprised of soft texture meatballs in a rich, smokey tomato sauce. To get the texture of the meatballs right, bread is often soaked in milk and added to the raw meat mixture before cooking. In our case, we have added half a piece of Lo-Dough, making for a much lower carb and gluten-free meatball. The sauce is a thick tomato-based sauce, albeit flavoured with plenty of garlic smoked paprika for a distinctive Spanish flavour. 

To answer the question of what to do do with the other half of the Lo-Dough, we went with cheesy garlic bread. It is the perfect vehicle for any left-over sauce that needs mopping up once the meatballs are gone. Though a satisfying meal on its own, this would be great as part of a shared tapas platter, with countless other tapas plates on the go. 

Low Calorie Meatballs

Low-Calorie Meatballs

The meatballs themselves can be made ahead and reheated and are perfectly fine to freeze, so it would be worth making a bigger batch and freezing off portions for future meals - it always pays to get ahead.  

We just know you'll love this one, whether having as a main or part of a tapas spread. 

Buen provecho!


Serves 2

For the meatballs

  • 1 piece of Lo-Dough
  • 100g of pork mince
  • 100g beef mince
  • A splash of milk
  • A small handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt & pepper
  • A few sprays of oil

For the sauce

  • 200g of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few sprays of oil

For the garlic bread

  • 1 piece of Lo-Dough
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 60g of mozzarella
  • 30g of low fat cream cheese

What you'll need

This diet-friendly recipe is possible with:

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  1. Preheat your oven 200C/Gas 6.
  2. Soak 1 piece of Lo-Dough in a splash of milk. Mash and break down with a fork and then combine with all the other meatball ingredients.
  3. Mould into small walnut sized meatballs, spray with oil and place on a baking tray. Bake for approx 20 mins or until cooked through and brown.
  4. While the meatballs cook, make the sauce. briefly fry the garlic in a little spray oil, then add all other sauce ingredients and reduce down over a medium heat, until thick a delicious. Check for seasoning.
  5. With the meatballs cooking and the sauce reducing, make your garlic bread. Spread the second piece of Lo-Dough with the soft cheese, sprinkle the garlic around and then top with mozzarella. Cook in the oven for approx 7 minutes.
  6. Finally, combine the meatballs and sauce, cook together for a further 2 minutes and then serve, with the garlic bread alongside.

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