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Cocktail meatballs are a party favorite, but the calories add up fast. We'll share a lightened up cocktail meatball recipe plus four flavor variations for the meatball mixture along with serving suggestions.

By Caitlyn Diimig, RD

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Get the recipe: Cocktail Meatballs

Cut fat and calories (and add filling fiber) with a can of beans. Follow this formula to enjoy six meatballs for around 200 calories and 7 grams of fat each.

Four Cocktail Meatball Recipe Variations:

1. Italian Meatballs

Add to the mix: Great Northern beans + Italian seasoning + ground beef. Serve with marinara sauce + grated Parmesan

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2. Thai Meatballs

Add to the mix: Cannellini beans + Thai seasoning + ground pork. Serve with peanut sauce + chopped peanuts + crushed red pepper

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3. Greek Meatballs

Add to the mix: Chickpeas + Greek seasoning + ground turkey. Serve with Tzatziki sauce + fresh dill

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4. Tex-Mex Meatballs

Add to the mix: Black beans + fajita seasoning + ground beef. Serve with salsa verde + green onion

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Check out our collection of Meatball Recipes.

This article originally appeared in December/January 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.