You can make your own mini meatballs for this recipe but the one provided is quick and easy. In a pinch you can use ready made meatballs from the grocery store. You can find some reasonably low fat ones or ones made with chicken or tofu or black bean. This is a favorite around our house. This recipe makes 4 - 5 servings of 8 to 10 meatballs each.
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 small onion finely chopped
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 cups slice mushrooms (about 12)
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups milk
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
juice of one orange
Meatballs. Mix all ingredients and shape into forty mini meatballs. Fry these in a lightly greased fry pan for 5 - 7 minutes or until well browned. I only cook twenty at a time. Set aside when done.
Sauce. Saute mushrooms in oil until softened and set aside. Mix cornstarch with a little milk then add it to the remaining milk already warming in the pan. Continue stirring as it heats and becomes thickened. Be careful not to bring to a rolling boil. Mix remaining sauce ingredients in a separate bowl stirring well then add to thickened milk mixture. Thoroughly blend before adding meatballs and mushrooms. Cover with lid and simmer 15 minutes.
Spoon 8 meatballs and some mushroom sauce over a bed (1 cup) of white rice. Have a side of salad and a plate of fruit.
Freezes and reheats well. You can freeze with left over rice or freeze just the meatballs.
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