Low-Calorie Meatballs and Polenta


Embrace a healthier twist on a classic Italian favorite with our Light and Satisfying: Low-Calorie Meatballs and Polenta. This dish features meatballs made from lean ground meat, seasoned with a blend of herbs and cooked to a golden brown. Paired with creamy, fluffy polenta, this meal is a guilt-free indulgence that doesn't compromise on flavor. Garnished with fresh herbs and a light tomato sauce, it's a perfect combination of hearty and wholesome.

Low-Calorie Meatballs and Polenta

Time Requirements

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes


  • Serves: 4
  • Serving Size: 3 meatballs with polenta

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 10g


  • Lean ground meat: 500 grams (1.1 pounds)
  • Polenta: 200 grams (1 cup)
  • Fresh herbs (basil or parsley): for garnish
  • Tomato sauce: 120 ml (1/2 cup)
  • Garlic, minced: 10 grams (2 cloves)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100 grams (1 medium)
  • Olive oil: 15 ml (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. In a bowl, mix ground meat, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into small meatballs.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and cook the meatballs until golden brown.
  3. Prepare polenta according to package instructions, ensuring it's light and fluffy.
  4. Heat the tomato sauce in a saucepan.
  5. Serve meatballs over polenta, topped with tomato sauce.
  6. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.

Culinary Tips

  • Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the polenta for added flavor without many calories.
  • For a spicy kick, add chili flakes to the meatball mix.


Can I use a different type of meat?

Yes, turkey or chicken can be used for a leaner option.

How can I store leftovers?

Refrigerate separately in airtight containers for up to 3 days.

Can I make this dish gluten-free?

Absolutely, ensure that the polenta is gluten-free.

Our Light and Satisfying: Low-Calorie Meatballs and Polenta is a testament to the joy of eating well without feeling heavy. It's a perfect meal for those seeking balance in their diet without sacrificing taste. Delight in each bite and savor the lighter side of Italian cuisine! 🍅🍽️🌿