Healthy Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

My family loves almost any type of meatball. The love of Swedish Meatballs stems from IKEA. Oh, yes…IKEA. Many years ago my son asked me to try them when we were shopping there. It was the first time we ever had them and we loved them. I started making a homemade version at home for my family. I decided to look for a cleaner and healthier version. I came across a slow cooker one that I adapted with my own. Luckily this recipe is much easier than putting together a bookshelf from IKEA. This recipe is great to serve over the traditional noodles or even rice. This also makes a great appetizer for a gathering since they keep well in the slow cooker. No matter how you roll, these meatballs are tasty!

Healthy Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
1.5lbs of lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 small onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium celery stalk, finely minced
1/8 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
1 egg
1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 cups reduced sodium organic beef broth
3 ounces organic light cream cheese
OPTIONAL – arrowroot powder

In a large mixing bowl combine beef (or turkey), egg, breadcrumbs, sea salt, pepper and allspice. Make sure your onion, celery, garlic and parsley are finely minced. Add to meat mixture and mix well. Form meatballs with your hands making about 1 inch meatballs. I usually get about 24 meatballs, give or take. After meatballs are formed you can either brown them slightly then add to crock pot or set them directly in slow cooker. I always prefer browning, but it is optional and not necessary. After placing meatballs in slow cooker, pour beef broth over meatballs, cover slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Gently stir in cream cheese at the end and let sit for 5-10 minutes. *If you feel that you prefer a thicker sauce you can gently whisk in a teaspoon of arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce. I would only do a teaspoon a time to achieve thickness. Serve over noodles.

21 Day Fix – Measure meatballs in red container with a little juice = 1 RED, .5 YELLOW, .25 BLUE

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