Meatballs and Gravy


One thing that gets asked a lot on our Facebook page is ‘Does anyone have a recipe for slimming friendly gravy?’ and after many attempts we’ve come up with what we think is the best one so far!

Before we started our slimming journey, we were huge fans of the meatballs sold by that certain Swedish furniture store. They were great with a tomato sauce, and even better with a rich savoury gravy. They were quick, easy and pretty cheap too.

The only issue is, those meatballs, and the accompanying gravy aren’t very slimming friendly.

Meatballs & Gravy

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

We used shop bought low fat meatballs for this slimming friendly Meatballs & Gravy recipe, so it doesn’t break the calorie or points bank, but if you prefer you can make your own ones. You can find the instructions here in our Meatball Marinara recipe.

This recipe is worked on the premise that  6 meatballs = 1 portion.

Meatballs aside, I think the gravy is a pretty important part of this recipe. Who doesn’t like gravy?! Well, my Dad doesn’t.. but he’s a little odd when it comes to wet food – the less about that the better.

Gravy makes the world go round and this tasty gravy can be used for other meats too – not just meatballs. It’s full of veg, which is pretty great for keeping you full. Don’t like it chunky? Then pop it in the food processor and blitz to make it smooth.

One of the most important parts of this recipe is the Xanthan Gum. What is this strange ingredient I hear you ask. It’s a gluten free stabiliser. It’s natural, thickens hot and cold liquids, doesn’t clump and stops sauces from splitting. It’s bloody marvellous! 1/4 tsp of Xantham gum does the same job as 1 tbsp of flour. Crazy!

You can buy Xanthan Gum here on Amazon, or down the gluten free aisle of your local supermarket. It’s not cheap, but a little goes a long, long way.

For calorie counters, this gravy comes in at just over 100 calories in total for all three portions.


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Meatballs and Gravy

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  1. Make the stock up 400ml boiling water to 1 beef stock cube
  2. Mist a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, then heat over a medium heat
  3. Add the meatballs, and cook until they have browned
  4. Remove the meatballs from the pan, return the pan to the heat and spray with a bit more Frylight
  5. Add the chopped onion and mushrooms, and cook until they start to brown
  6. Add the herbs, balsamic, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning and cook for a minute
  7. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 4 or 5 minutes
  8. Place 200ml of the sauce into a jug and whisk in the xanthan gum a 1/4 of a tsp at a time. You will need to whisk well - and keep whisking!
  9. Return the thickened sauce to the pan and stir will - it will thicken the sauce.
  10. Add the meatballs back into the pan and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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  1. hi i havn’t tried the recipe yet but have to say it looks fab, i ordered the gum from ebay uk, its half the ammount because as you said a little goes a long way and cost me £2.15 no p&p, i hope you didnt mind me commenting as its not about the meal as such lol

    keep up the good work as your recipes are fab xx

  2. Hi I really want to try this but I HATE mushrooms, do u think it would work without them or are they part of ‘the taste’? Thanks, love ur stuff!

  3. Hi, if you don’t have the gum, can you just use cornflour or flour instead & work out if there’s a sun value in flour please? Love the FB page & recipes by the way! Thanks, Joy

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