These airfryer meatballs have been adapted to be made for those on a special diet for cholecystitis and have been cooked in the Air Fryer, without oil.
These meatballs are also suitable for those who are gluten and lactose intolerant.
I have used lean ground veal but you can use ground chicken or turkey, if you prefer.
Veal is generally leaner than beef. Veal comes from young calves and has a more delicate flavor and texture compared to beef. Because veal is so young, it has less fat and connective tissue than beef, making it a leaner choice.
It’s important to note that everyone’s dietary needs are different, so it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized recommendations.
When it comes to a gallbladder diet, it’s important to focus on consuming low-fat and low-cholesterol foods to help prevent gallstones from forming.
It’s also important to watch your portion sizes when consuming meatballs. Eating large portions of any food can put a strain on your gallbladder and lead to undesirable symptoms.
Stick to a small serving of meatballs and pair them with plenty of vegetables or a salad to make a balanced and low-fat meal.
You can find more details in a separate post regarding foods which are allowed to be eaten when on a Gallbladder Diet.
At the end you will find my recipe for meatballs that is suitable for those on a gallbladder diet.
List of ingredients needed for gallbladder diet:
- Ground veal from Chuck Mock Tender (93% lean)
- Egg whites
- Dried mint
How I made the airfryer meatballs
I used 1 kilo lean veal which yields 40 meatballs.
However, since the remaining family must also eat, I made the whole amount suitable for a gallbladder diet and divided the mixture in two equal sizes.
The only extra which I added was 1 small carrot grated. I mixed the mixture and divided it into four portions of 5 meatballs each. These were stored in zip lock bags and stored in the freezer. Before cooking them I thaw them and shape them into round or oblong meatballs.
In the other half, which was for the remaining family, I added a small grated onion and garlic, the two leftover egg yolks and added some grated black pepper and cinnamon. Of course, you can add any spices you prefer.
How to cook the airfryer meatballs:
My airfryer does not need preheating. I shape them round or oblong and put them in the basket of the airfryer. I bake them at 180oC for 15 minutes.
When making these meatballs, if I want to accompany them with airfryer potato chips, this is what I do:
One large potato is enough for 1 portion.
After cutting the potato into wedges, I wet them with 1/2 tsp olive oil and season them with salt. I cook them in the air fryer for 15 minutes at 180oC.
I remove them from the air fryer and add the meatballs. I cook them for 13 minutes. To warm up the potatoes, I add them together with the meatballs and cooked both for 2 more minutes.
Note: If you are only cooking only one portion, you can cook the meatballs on one side and the potatoes on the other side, simultaneously, as long as the potatoes fit in one layer.
- 1 kilo lean ground veal from Chuck Mock Tender (at least 93% lean) or ground chicken or turkey
- 2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and grated
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- 1 tsp dried mint
- 1 small carrot grated
Additional ingredients for those not on a diet:
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 small onion, grated
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
- 1/2 tsp grated black pepper
- 1/4 tsp grated cinnamon or other spice of your preference
- Put the whole amount of ground veal (or chicken or turkey, if you prefer) in a bowl.
- Add the grated potato, the egg whites, the parsley, mint and salt.
- Mix well and divide it in two equal amounts.
- Add the grated carrot in the first half and mix again.
- Shape them as you like.
- Add the meatballs in the airfryer. Set the temperature to 180oC and bake for 15 minutes.
- Serve with air fryer potatoes (See note).
- In the other half add the two egg yolks, the onion and garlic as well as the spices of your preference. Bake or fry as you prefer.
If you are only cooking only one portion, you can cook the meatballs on one side and the potatoes on the other side, simultaneously, as long as the potatoes fit in one layer.
Leftover meatballs can be divided into portions, stored in zip lock bags and stored in the freezer. Thaw and cook as above.
When making these meatballs, I accompanied them with airfryer potato chips. One medium potato is enough for 1 portion.
After cutting the potato into wedges, I wet them with 1/2 tsp olive oil and seasoned them with salt. I cooked them in the air fryer for 15 minutes at 180oC.
I removed them from the air fryer and added the meatballs. I cooked them for 13 minutes. To warm up the potatoes, I added them on top and cooked both for 2 more minutes.
Nutrition InformationYield 40 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 62Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 29mgSodium 26mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 8g
"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."
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