Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

One Pan Idea: Roasted Meatballs with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

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My dishwasher broke… AGAIN! Ugh. It’s a mess. I’ve had a guy out 6 times this year for a 2 year old appliance. Utterly ridiculous!

When you have no dishwasher you tend not to want to use a lot of dishes. Especially pots and pans. THAT was the motivation for last night’s dinner.

Is it be possible to roast a complete, light meal in one pan while making the entire family happy?

I’m happy to say… YES! At least my family, I’m not sure if this would work on the Brussel Sprout haters out there.

Anyway, we were getting ready to sit down to dinner. I didn’t say a word until someone asked, “What we were having?” “Roasted Brussels sprouts with sweet potato and meatballs” I said.

To which I got a, “humph.”

One Pan Idea: Roasted Meatballs with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes  - close up

We started eating and no one said a thing about the food. We were talking about soccer and school and going to the park. I looked around and noticed all but one meatball GONE from the Little Guy’s plate. The Husband was chomping away. I finally couldn’t take it anymore.

“SO? What do you think of dinner?”

“I LOVE It. Best dinner ever!” said the 6 year old. <–I’m not even exaggerating here. That’s a direct quote! lol

“It’s good but the meatballs are a little dry.” said the husband.

“I like everything except the sweet potato.” the 6 year old added.

“But you like Sweet Potatoes.” I answered

“I do but not with the skin on.”

Even with his complaint he ate a few bites of the potato, demolished 4 meatballs and ate all of his Brussels sprouts.

The Husband was right. The meatballs were dry, BUT tasty. Next time I’ll do things a little differently but I wanted to share the idea in hopes it sparks some for you.

Here’s what I did and what I’ll do differently next time…One Pan Idea: Roasted Meatballs with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 Sweet Potatoes cut in small chunks
  • A bunch of Brussels sprouts cut in half
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 3 gloves of garlic diced
  • 2 tbsp Bacon Bits
  • Kosher Salt
  • The Meat Balls
  • 1/2 pound of Lean Ground Beef (8oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats (80g)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a large roasting pan add the olive oil, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic and bacon bits. Toss then sprinkle with kosher salt. I cooked them with the meatballs right off the bat, but next time I will begin to roast the veggies while I make the meatballs. This will hopefully prevent the drying of the beef. I didn’t anticipate that the veggies would actually take longer than the meat.

One Pan Idea: Roasted Meatballs with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes - before

So next time I will put the veggies in the oven and then start the meatballs.

Mix the beef, egg, oats, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire Sauce, and parmesan cheese until well combined. Form into meatballs. I ended up with 15.

I roasted everything together last night for a total of 45 minutes, tossing 3 times. Next time I will roast the veggies for 1/2 hour, then add the meatballs and roast for an additional 15 or until the beef is done.

During cooking I sprinkled on a bit more Worcestershire
Sauce just to bring all the flavors together.

This is how everything looked steaming from the oven.

One Pan Idea: Roasted Meatballs with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes  - after

Since this is only an idea and not a completed recipe I don’t feel comfortable sharing nutritional information for the whole dish. I don’t know how many Brussels sprouts I started with and I didn’t measure out servings. However, I can tell you we ate it all except a few leftovers that when into somebody’s lunch this morning. I can’t WAIT to see what comes home!

I can also tell you the meatballs are about 50 calories each with 2g of fat, 4g of carbs, 1g of fiber, and 4g of protein. That’s 1 WWP each! New or old points! The rest of meal is veggies. How can you go wrong? Seriously?


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    Krista S.

    October 18, 2011

    Oh I absolutely LOVE this idea! I'm one of those really picky people that doesn't like one-dish meals or sauces, but this looks really delicious. Sorry about your dishwasher. =( Reply

    roni

    October 18, 2011

    The Husband doesn't either so this was REALLY a win. :) Reply

    Kelly Bolduc

    October 18, 2011

    Woo this sounds great! Its too bad Jon hates "those green balls" Lol I'm sure I could sub Zuchini and asparagus though. Btw I made the sweet potato black bean chili, It was amazing, I Just wanted all the sweet potatoes lol. I had a thought, I know you're not the biggest baking fan but have you looked into French Macaroons? They are made with almond flour and endless flavor possibilities for the cookie pieces and fillings. I was thinking of trying them for Halloween and making a pumpkin spice cookie with candied sweet potato filling and drawing pumpkin faces on them. I've heard after the first 1-3 times you get pretty good at it and can easily make them. Reply

    roni

    October 18, 2011

    Kelly - I tried them once... http://greenlitebites.com/2010/12/16/chocolate-almond-macaron-ish-halves/ Didn't master it quite yet! lol Reply

    Brandi

    October 18, 2011

    Roni, Maybe if you sauteed some diced onion and then added it to the meatball mixture it would keep some of the moisture. I read that tip in Cooking Light for turkey burgers and it worked out really, really well for us. Maybe decreasing the oatmeal? Good looking meal though! Can I ask if you dipped your meatballs in Ketchup since I know you love it:) Reply

    roni

    October 18, 2011

    That's a good idea. I took the lazy way out with the spices. The oatmeal actually helps keep them moist when cooking them in liquid but roasting them, not so much. I do think just not overcooking them would work wonders! Thanks for the tip! Reply

    Karen in Tally

    October 22, 2011

    Dear Genius Roni, my culinary hero: Slam dunk!! This was sooo good & made the whole house smell great! I did the veggies for half an hour, then added the meat for fifteen & it was perfect. My meatballs were probably smaller than yours because I came out with 18, but they were all eaten up!! The only complaint was from one of my toddlers, who threw her Brussels sprouts on the floor. Other than that, I will be making this weekly!! So simple!!! Thank you!!! Reply

    Hannah

    October 27, 2011

    I am so trying this. Reply

    Hannah

    November 9, 2011

    Excellent!!! the family loved it!!! Reply

    Amy

    November 20, 2011

    Loved this dish! My husband is an extremely picky eater and he ate 2 helpings of this. This also made my house smell like I've been cooking all day. Love your recipes, they are delicious. Reply

    Brenda

    January 10, 2013

    Probably a silly question but...did you just have to take the potato peel off with each bite? Reply

    roni

    January 10, 2013

    We eat the skin! Lots of fiber. :) Reply

    gabbe

    January 10, 2013

    i can't wait- it's in the oven now! i used my standard Italian meatball recipe- smells amazing already! thanks so much for sharing this idea!! Reply

    Amanda

    April 16, 2013

    This looks really yummy. Definitely going to be trying it out. I've started making a chicken meatball with shredded carrot and apple. They are great and I get a little added vegetable for my one year old and a husband who doesn't like veggies. I may try it with the chicken meatballs. Reply

    Diana

    June 13, 2013

    I love this recipe! It lends itself to so many different variations. Today I making it with sweet potato, onions and a pepper. A great way to clean out the refrigerator. Thanks so much. Reply

    Maura

    February 18, 2014

    Added the meatballs after 30 minutes, roasted for an additional 20 minutes. . .PERFECT!! This recipe is AMAZING!!! I didn't want dinner to end!! Thanks for the idea, I never would have combined these ingredients! Reply

    JR

    December 20, 2014

    I just made this. Great concept! I used turkey instead of beef. I left out the cheese and worcestershire. when it was almost done i poured on a blend of soy sauce, honey and ginger. turned out great Reply