Skinny Swedish Meatballs


Skinny Swedish Meatballs are a comfort food classic, lightened up! It’s proof you can cut calories without sacrificing flavor!


I got the coolest camera accessory a couple weeks ago that I need to tell you about – the Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Card!


The Eye-Fi Memory Card eliminates the need to plug your camera into your computer to manually download pictures, as it transmits them right to your computer as you take them via any Wi-Fi network. Cool, right?

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For example – this afternoon I was taking pictures of the chocolate-covered frozen banana slices I was hoping to have for dessert tonight…


and before I could run the 10 feet back to my computer, the photo was nearly finished downloading.


Let’s see it in action one more time: I take a photo of melted chocolate refusing to adhere to some frozen banana slices…


and presto – it’s already downloaded by the time I make it back to my computer!


If you’re taking pictures outside your home, or are without your computer and/or available Wi-Fi, then you just turn your camera on when you get back home and the pictures begins instantly downloading.


I mean, it’s not like plugging your camera into the computer to manually download your photos takes a ton of time – but it’s pretty annoying, right? Plus I can’t tell you how many times I have left town and forgotten the camera cord at home. This baby solves all my problems!

The one caveat I’ve noticed is that you can’t delete pictures off the memory card wirelessly. You have to take it out of the camera, plug it into the little adapter it comes with, open the picture folder, then manually delete them.


The memory on the card is massive though (4GB can hold up to 2,000 pictures or 90 minutes of video) so I haven’t had to empty it yet, and I’ve been using the card for over 2 weeks now.

Just thought I’d share as I can see people who take anywhere from a little to a lot of photos finding this accessory handy. I’ve added the card to my store if you’re interested!

In other news, dinner tonight was a delicious, make-ahead, man-approved meal: Swedish Meatballs!


(maybe you saw this coming… ;) )

Yeah, I figured I owed my meat & potatoes loving husband this meal since attempting to pull a fast one on him a few weeks ago – but that didn’t mean it had to be heavy. I used Gina’s skinny recipe as inspiration to lighten it up!




Skinny Swedish Meatballs

Serves 4


Skinny Swedish Meatballs are a comfort food classic, lightened up! It's proof you can cut calories without sacrificing flavor!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water (may need more or less)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 celery stalk
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lb 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2oz fat free cream cheese
  • cooked egg noodles


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Combine onion, garlic and celery in a food processor and process until finely minced. (Alternatively you could hand mince with a knife.)
  2. Add celery mixture into the skillet, season with salt & pepper, and sauté until mixture is soft, ~8-10 minutes. If the mixture gets too dry, add 1 Tablespoon of water at a time to moisten and prevent burning. Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cooked celery mixture, ground beef, egg, all spice and more salt & pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined, then roll into meatballs using 2 Tablespoons worth of the beef mixture for each ball.
  4. Heat beef stock in the large skillet you used to cook the celery until boiling. Gently add the meatballs, turn the heat down to medium-low, place a lid on top and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked all the way through.
  5. Remove meatballs to a platter, strain the beef broth and return it to the skillet. Add cream cheese and whisk in to melt. Serve over cooked egg noodles.


Adapted from Skinny Taste

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


Oh how I love this dish! Let me count the ways:

1. You can pre-make the entire thing, then just re-heat and serve over freshly-cooked egg noodles. (I did this last night and gave Ben a few meatballs as a taste test – he returned a plate that had been licked clean. LICKED CLEAN!)


2. The meatballs are tender and flavorful and the sauce is crazy creamy without being the slightest bit heavy.


3. Well who doesn’t love a good ol’ plate of noodles & meatballs?! This is comfort food at it’s very finest for a fraction of the calories!


In other news, I’m off to find a substitute for the chocolate-covered frozen banana slices that I was planning on making to keep me out of the bag of leftover Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls that have been taunting me from the freezer for the past few weeks.

Apparently hot chocolate doesn’t stick to frozen banana slices though. Who knew?

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  1. Oh I’ve wanted an eye-fi for YEARS but can’t bear to pay $80 for it. Glad Ben got his Swedish meatballs after all. Just watched the video again last night and laughed hysterically.

  2. very cool! thanks for sharing!!!! i have trouble getting chocolate to stick to bananas sometimes as well. annoying!

  3. Those meatballs just made my stomach growl!! Yum!! I haven’t had egg noodles in forever either– it’s all been health-ified stuff.

    Maybe next time for the dessert, start with a fresh banana, dip and THEN freeze? It might stick better!

  4. Katie 08.29.2011

    I so need something like that! If you take pictures on it and you’re outside of your home wireless network, does it just hold them and them upload them all when you get home? It wouldn’t like, randomly upload them to some strange network when you’re out and about, right? (Poor people would be so confused by all the random food photos from restaurants… hah!)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.29.2011

      You select up to 10 (or maybe a few more) wi-fi networks that it can use to download, so it’ll never use just whatever random one is in range.

  5. Wow the Eye-Fi is really neat! I’m so not tech-savvy that this is the first time I’m hearing about it!

    The Swedish meatballs look delicious!

  6. Sam 08.29.2011

    it might help if you freeze then after covering them in chocolate…

  7. Thank you for sharing that Kristin. What an AWESOME accessory! I get super annoyed downloading pics. I know I shouldn’t but I do. Haha. I’m so excited to get one!

  8. Sarah 08.29.2011

    TJ’s!!! They have Chocolate Covered Banana Slices :) I have some in my freezer right now.

  9. Leslie Means 08.29.2011

    Those look fantastic – and like something my guy would like to eat too! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kelsey 08.29.2011

    Brilliant invention! Half the time I can never find my camera cord!

  11. Luv What You Do 08.29.2011

    I am waiting for my dinner photos to load now and I’m super jealous! I didn’t even know that existed!

  12. Baking N Books 08.29.2011

    Oh – that reminds me of Hamburger Helper! A must…except I admit – mine would be covered in ketchup ;)

  13. Angela @ Momethis 08.29.2011

    Totally cool! I’ll check out your Amazon store now. Thanks!

  14. Sarah W 08.29.2011

    Turn those frozen naners into ice cream! I’ve been on that kick for the past couple weeks now. (thank you!!!) Seriously, I probably have it at least 3 nights a week. Last night I added frozen strawberries, yum… needed some almond milk to smooth it out but it turned out great. Actually, I think I’ll go make that right now and watch the office.

  15. Nancy 08.29.2011

    I’ll have to try the Swedish Meatball recipe this weekend. Sounds great!

  16. That is a very cool gadget! I’m sure it makes blogging easier/faster.

  17. Sarah 08.29.2011

    Ooo, I’m in love with this memory card! Boo to the dessert failure, I hate having to scramble for something chocolatey in the evenings!

  18. debbie 08.29.2011

    that Eye-fi thing is seriously the coolest idea ever.

  19. Charis 08.29.2011

    What a cool gadget! LOVE it!

  20. cool! definitely putting one of those cards on my christmas list!

  21. Katie 08.30.2011

    I’m sure the water/moisture of the frozen bananas caused the chocolate not to stick. If you have dried bananas or any other dried fruit, your chocolate would definitely stick to those. Or just dip the fruit in the chocolate like fondue. The meatballs look delicious. I’m looking forward to cooking some comfort food meals now that fall is on it’s way. Thanks for the info on the card.

  22. I’ve heard of that eye-fi card! It’s next on my list — well, after a nice DLSR camera :-/
    Those meatballs and noodles look delicious. Thanks for the meal idea! Perfect for fall…and complete with WW points and nutritional info!

  23. Daisy 08.30.2011

    hold up – a 4GB can hold up to 2,000 pictures?! I though it was much less on a DSLR?! or I am sorely mistaken.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.30.2011

      It depends on how large you set your camera to take pictures at, but I have over 1,000 and am still going strong!

  24. Kiersten 08.30.2011

    I just did the chocolate covered bananas a couple of nights ago! Must be something in the air! I did them unfrozen, dipped, sprinkled with coconut flakes and then froze them for a bit. Soooo good– I only gave my husband one slice and ate the rest myself!

  25. dawn 08.30.2011

    I was watching 5 Ingredient Fix and here is what she made… to die for.

    Banana chips
    Peanut Butter

    Melt chocolate in double boiler, add peanut butter and mix
    Put it in a piping bag and then put some on one Banana Chip
    Put another one on the top and make a little sammy!

    I LOVE this recipe!!!!

    PS… Love the mem card! Fantastic!

  26. I’m diggin the memory card, where would one find this?

  27. I’m definitely ordering one of those wireless memory cards! Another one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.

  28. Kristin from MN 08.30.2011

    The meatball recipe looks fantastic! I have a dumb question… how do you strain the broth?

  29. Yum, I tried those meatballs out the other day. The only thing I didn’t have was allspice so I made my own with the spices I had. I think I might have put too much nutmeg in, it kind of overwhelmed the taste of the meat. Did you have that problem at all?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.30.2011

      I didn’t but I cut the original amount of all-spice called for in half for fear of the same thing happening!

  30. I personally did not love eyefi. :( We bought it and are going to resell it. It just didn’t work that well! However, those swedish meatballs look delish!!

  31. cool gadget! i must say though that you may want to consider deleting the photos off your memory card when it’s in the camera and doing it via the camera’s commands, not your computer’s. i read in the literature that came with my memory card that they recommend that because it increase the life of the memory card or something? not sure how accurate that is but just as an fyi…

  32. Looks like the ultimate comfort food! I would have licked my plate clean, too!

  33. Kgrrrl 08.30.2011

    For the Bananas – I usually drizzel freshly melted 85% chocolate (Lindt, mmmmm) on top of the frozen bananas. It hardens completely in seconds.
    The easiest is to lay out the bananas out and pour the melted chocolate on top (don’t use fake chocolate, only the real stuff! PLUS, it’s WAY better for you. Just sayin ;)) I keep frozen bananas whole in my freezer at work and usually get one or two squares and melt and lightly pour on top as I’m eating. Healthier than a chocolate bar at that 2pm hunger mark.
    Try that. I guarantee it’ll work easier than trying to roll the bananas frozen in the chocolate.

  34. […] off, I apologize for my lack of pictures… I left my cord in the car.  I need what Kristin […]

  35. Marcy 10.02.2011

    Thanks for posting about the Eye Fi card… I was just thinking, wow, how on earth does she have the patience to upload all these pictures??!! I swear I invented this idea years ago!!

    Your blog is amazing! You are giving me such great ideas! Keep blogging!

    Des Moines

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