Low Calorie Swedish Meatballs

This recipe for Low Calorie Swedish Meatballs is a comfort food classic, you can make it quickly, easily, and it’s lightened up too!



Ingredients for the meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8oz (200 gm) 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs from fresh or stale bread
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup water (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cube chicken bullion (reduced salt)
  • Black pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  2. In a bowl add all the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Make 10 balls from this mixture, and bake for 17 to 20 minutes.
  4. Take out the meatballs from the oven and immediately cover, this will keep them moist.
  5. Now start making the sauce.

Method for the sauce:

  1. Add butter to hot pan.
  2. Add the flour and stir for two minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add bullion to water, it won’t mix but will make it easy when making the sauce.
  4. Add the previous mixture to the flour and butter, stir continuously to prevent lumps. When thick add the black pepper and the meatballs.
  5. Let it simmer on low heat for 2 minutes. Serve hot.

The calories have been cut down enough to let you enjoy this dish with mashed potato on the side. If you do decide to have mashed potato as a side dish, do not add salt, butter, or milk to it. This gravy is so rich that the mashed potato will absorb the entire flavour and you will not miss a thing.