Lean and Green Parmesan Meatballs & Collard Greens

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Parmesan Meatballs & Collard Greens
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Who said meatballs were only for pasta? This Parmesan Meatballs & Collard Greens recipe is easy and delicious! This is a dish that the whole family is sure to love!

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Parmesan Meatballs & Collard Greens
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Cooking Time
60 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes

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Lean & Green Parmesan Meatballs & Collard Greens Ingredients

  • 12 cup Collard Greens Chopped
  • 11/2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 11/4 lbs Lean Ground Pork
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Low-fat Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds

Lean & Green Parmesan Meatballs & Collard Greens Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the collard greens. Cover and cook until the greens have reduced to half their original size, about 5 minutes. Drain the water, and add the chicken stock. Simmer collards in broth over medium-low heat for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. While the collard greens are cooking make the meatballs by combining the ground pork, eggs, salt, and pepper. Shape the mixture into 8 evenly-sized meatballs.
  3. Add the meatballs to the collards and simmer for 20 more minutes.
  4. Remove the meatballs, and stir in the hemp seeds, parmesan, and balsamic vinegar to the collard green mixture. Simmer for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. Serve meatballs on a bed of braised collards.

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