New in the Market: Nate’s Meatless Meatballs

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 18, 2012 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Can a meatball without meat still be a meatball – of course! Nate’s Meatless Meatballs are a good example available frozen in a 10.5-ounce reclosable bag. Each bag holds about 20 small, soy-based, cooked meatballs that can be heated on the stove, in the oven or microwave. They are available in 3 flavors.

Classic Flavor is simply that, a classic meatball. We heated this flavor in the oven according to package directions and served them in pita pockets with a salad topping and tzatziki Greek yogurt sauce. Our tasters were delighted with their lunch. Three meatballs (1.5 ounces) have 90 calories, 4.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat or trans fat), no cholesterol, 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of carb (less than 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of fiber), and 240 milligrams of sodium.

Zesty Italian is a traditional Italian meatball. We heated this flavor in tomato sauce and served it over pasta. The meatballs held their shape during heating and had a very nice Italian taste. They were softer than traditional meat balls but not mushy. Three meatballs (1.5 ounces) have 90 calories, 4.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat or trans fat), no cholesterol, 9 grams of protein, 4 grams of carb (less than 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of fiber), and 340 milligrams of sodium.

The Savory Mushroom variety is recommended for appetizers. We heated them in the oven and served them in a spicy sweet and sour sauce. Once again, this product was well received. Three meatballs (1.5 ounces) have 100 calories, 4.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat or trans fat), no cholesterol, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of crab (less than 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of fiber), and 230 milligrams of sodium.

The meatballs can also be crumbled to use in recipes instead of chopped meat or poultry. The reclosable bag allows you to use only the amount needed. For those looking for a good quality meat substitute, this brand is worth a try.

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