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?
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 LOVE THIS THING!
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 Amazon.com 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
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
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, http://iowagirleats.com.
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?