Weight Watchers Meatball Casserole – Low Carb Recipe
- 1 lb extra-lean ground beef (93/7 or leaner)
- 1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
- 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup crushed pork rinds (as a low-carb substitute for breading)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp fresh minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 2 cups low-sugar, low-fat red sauce (look for Weight Watchers-friendly options)
- 2 cups reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
- In a food processor, crush the pork rinds into fine crumbs.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients, including the lean ground beef, lean ground turkey or chicken, part-skim mozzarella, grated Parmesan, crushed pork rinds, eggs, onion powder, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
- Use a small cookie scoop or your hands to form small meatballs of uniform size.
- Place the meatballs in the prepared casserole dish and bake them in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are fully cooked and have browned.
- Once cooked, remove the meatballs from the oven and drain any excess grease if necessary.
- Top the meatballs with the low-sugar, low-fat red sauce, and sprinkle the reduced-fat mozzarella cheese on top.
- Return the casserole dish to the oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and is bubbly.
- Garnish the casserole with fresh basil before serving.
- Serve the Weight Watchers-friendly Meatball Casserole with a side salad or over zucchini noodles (zoodles) for a low-carb and low-point meal.
Make sure to adjust the portion sizes and ingredients according to your specific Weight Watchers plan. This recipe offers a tasty, low-carb alternative to the keto version while keeping it Weight Watchers-friendly.