60 kcal Swedish Meatballs

60 kcal Swedish Meatballs

 These gorgeous 60 kcal Swedish Meatballs are so rich and tasty, just like the one s in Ikea, but completely guilt free!

60 kcal Swedish Meatballs



Personally every time I go to Ikea I can’t wait to eat those amazing little sweedish meatballs with that gotgeous sauce… well I have recently realised that the original recipes is not exactly healthy to be honest: a lot of butter, double cream and so on. I have been thinking of ways to make this recipe healthy so that I can enjoy it everytime I want and as much as I want. So I have been studying the original recipe: pork meatballs could easily be replaced by turkey meatballs and few more spices to make them tasty but the sauce was my problem! The original sauce is a besciamel sauce with loads of butter and double cream…mmm this wasn’t easy to replace!
60 kcal Swedish Meatballs

Anyway I have experimented my own sauce using light pfiladelphia cheese melted in a couple of tablespoon of very hot broth, then added a couple of tablespoon of flour and created a smooth paste, added all the spices and other flavours I needed (see recipe below) and added more broth, cook it until thickens up and reduce. I couldn’t believe! I had made it! Nice and Healthy and it tastes exactly the same as the original one.

Regarding the sauce I was initially a bit worried with the consistency but to be honest it came out perfect: a really thick, rich and tasty sauce that will not make you miss butter and cream.


60 kcal Swedish Meatballs 

Swedish Meatballs
Serves 30
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
60 calories
1 g
21 g
4 g
5 g
1 g
31 g
36 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 21mg
Sodium 36mg
Total Carbohydrates 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 600gr Lean Ground Turkey
  2. 1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg
  3. 1 tsp Rosemary
  4. 1 tsp Oregano
  5. 2 tsp Paprika
  6. 1 clove of Garlic
  7. 1 tbsp Flat Leave Parsley
  8. 2 tbsp Light Philadelphia Cheese
  9. 1 Broth Cube melted in 450ml hot water
  10. Salt and Pepper to taste
  11. 2 tbsp White Flour
  12. 1 tbsp Mustard
  13. 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  14. 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  1. In a bowl put together the ground turkey, a pinch of nutmeg, the rosemary, the oregano, the paprika, the garlic (finely chopped) and half the parsley (finelly chopped, salt and black pepper and mix everything very well with your hands.
  2. From this meat mixture, form 30 small meatballs.
  3. In a deep and large non stick pan, heat the olive oil and shallow fry the meatballs until perfectly caramelised. Transfer the cooked meatballs on a plate to rest.
  4. Using the same pan you cook the meatballs in, start preparing the gravy. Remove the pan from the heat and add 2 tablespoon of light philadelphia with 2 tablespoon of very hot broth. Stir very well until the cheese melts.
  5. Once the soft cheese has melted completely, add the mustard, the worcestershire sauce, a pinch of nutmeg, the flour and stir very well using a wooden spoon until you have a smooth thick paste.
  6. Add the rest of hot broth and start cooking on very low heat stirring the mixture. keep stirring until the gravy start to thicken up. At this point you want to taste it to adjust with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer the cooked meatballs in the gravy and cook for a couple of more minutes.
  8. Use the remaning parsley to garnish.
  9. Enjoy! :)
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