Say goodbye to sugar-loaded, grape jelly and barbecue sauce meatballs for your party appetizer. Instead, replace your old recipe with this brand spanking new Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatballs. Watch video here. With only 5 ingredients and packed with flavor, this new recipe is perfect for potlucks, parties, and quick and easy lunch or dinners.
Necessity is the mother of all invention. Read on.
I am a sugar addict and my husband is a recently diagnosed diabetic. He prefers savory and salty flavors over the sweet stuff. Our awareness of our food addictions have been a blessing but also mentally, physically, and emotionally difficult. I went through a grieving process in November of 2016, when I decided to eliminate processed and fake sugars from my diet. The experience was bizarre and an eye opener. I relied on sugary sweets just like a smoker relies on cigarettes.
Fast forward to 2018, our high carb foods and sugary sweets are now limited to special occasions and a few slips here and there. It’s not perfect but it’s a miracle that my craving for sweets have not been a raging monster for more than a year. However, I still struggle with portions and snacking. Andy’s diabetes is a different battle. The diagnosis jarred him and is changing his life. He is now vigilant in reading nutrition labels and measures grains and legumes if he eats any at all. Vegetables have become our staple and not just a side to a meal.
The recipe for Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatballs came to me while standing in the barbecue sauce aisle of a grocery store. Prepping for a New Year’s party, I wanted an easy to make but delicious addition to the rest of the dishes we would be making for that night. After picking up bottle after bottle of barbecue sauce, I realized that the carbohydrate content per serving was more than we could have. Then, it occurred to me to check the nutrition information of marinades. Success! I found a low carb, no sugar added ingredient with a flavor profile I can build from.
Tips and approximate Nutritional info:
- The recipe’s carb content is roughly equal to 12 grams for 6 small meatballs.
- If maple syrup is not used in the recipe, the carbs per serving is equal to 11 grams
- Refer to the carb grams per serving in the ingredient list below when buying ingredients
- Homemade meatballs without flour, breadcrumbs or fillers vs frozen meatballs may further lower the carb count for this recipe
- Carb count 11 grams per 6 meatballs, carb count may vary depending on brand used
Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatballs
- 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil carb 0 grams
- 1 package Italian style frozen meatballs 40 count carb 6 grams per serving of 6 meatballs
- 3/4 cup Lawry's Steak and Chop Marinade carb 2 gram per serving
- 1 1/2 cup low carb spaghetti sauce carb 3.5 gram per serving
- 1 tbsp maple syrup optional carb <1 grams per serving
- Spread oil in bottom of slow cooker
- Add meatballs
- Pour steak and chop marinade and spaghetti sauce
- Mix until meatballs are coated with sauce
- Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or high for 2 hours