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HCG Diet: Nonna’s Garlic Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

These Italian-style meatballs would make any grandmother proud with their zesty garlic flavor cooked in a sweet marinara sauce.


For the Sauce:

  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. onion flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup Basic Beef Broth
  • 8 drops Stevia Grape
  • 1 bay leaf

For the Meatballs:

  • 7 oz. (200 grams) lean ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 breadstick, made into crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. milk


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the tomatoes, garlic, onion flakes, salt, pepper, and dried herbs, and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the broth and Stevia and add to the saucepan. Bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down, about 15 minutes, adding a little broth if necessary to prevent sticking.
  3. Remove the bay leaf and transfer sauce to a blender (or use a hand-held immersion blender) to puree until smooth, returning it to the pot.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic, salt, pepper, crumbs, and milk and mix well. Form into meatballs the size of walnuts and place in the saucepan with the sauce. Cook over very low heat, covered, occasionally moving the meatballs around in the sauce to coat, until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Add a touch of broth or water to thin if desired. Serve immediately.


Makes 2 servings (190 calories; 1 protein, 1 vegetable, 1/2 breadstick, 1/2 milk)


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