Swedish-ish Meatballs

COVID-19 hasn’t been an easy road for any of us. But I’ve been working to reexamine my relationship with food so that I can be healthier. I also don’t believe in deprivation. A health relationship with food should for some fun and some enjoyment, right?

Couple these axioms with trying to feed a family of five so that everyone is happy and nourished, and…well.

How do we take the food we like and make it healthier?

Swedish-ish Meatballs

(serves 4-5)

1 lb, ground chicken (or turkey, or lean ground beef, or plant-based meat substitute)

1/4 cup, panko (you can sub in a GF equivalent)

1 egg (or flaxseed equivalent)

1 small onion

1 stalk, celery

3 cloves, garlic

1/4 cup, parsley

1 tsp, allspice

Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Chop the garlic, parsley, celery and onion finely, and add to a mixing bowl with the meat, spices, egg, and panko. Mix well with your hands (and then wash the hell out of them).


In a saute pan, add:

2 cups, reduced sodium beef broth (you can absolutely sub in vegetable broth)

3-4 ounces, whipped cream cheese (parve/vegan Tofutti cream cheese would work nicely here)


Whisk or blend, and bring to a boil. Roll meatballs and carefully drop into the liquid to simmer. When complete, cover and let simmer on medium heat until cooked through – around 15 minutes. Serve over pasta, mashed potatoes, or cauliflower rice. My kids add this over chickpea pasta, and I add it over cauliflower rice with some steamed broccoli on the side.


Eating well can and should be a joy. Here’s to being kind to ourselves and one another as we face 2021.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula OByrne says:


    Now you’re messing with my people! Seems like the only thing missing is the lingonberries!

    Hope all is well with you, Dave and the krewe. Love from France,

    Paula and James


    1. Cait G says:

      I loooooove lingonberries. Hope y’all are well!


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