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Bake Beef Hawaiian

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  200
  • Protein  11 g
  • Carbohydrates  16 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  72 mg
  • Sodium  92 mg
  • Potassium  189 mg
  • Phosphorus  84 mg
  • Calcium  14 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Hula Meatballs

Say aloha to Hula Meatballs, a kidney-friendly recipe that is great for parties.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted DaVita dietitian Kathy, MS, RD, LDN, CSR, from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 24 servings     Serving size: 2 meatballs


    • 3 pounds ground beef
    • 4 large eggs
    • 7 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 4 tablespoons onion
    • 2 cups bell peppers (red and green)
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
    • 1/3 cup vinegar
    • 2/3 cup water
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 cups pineapple juice
    • 40 ounces canned pineapple chunks


    1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
    2. Grate onion and dice bell peppers.
    3. Combine ground beef, eggs, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, onion, black pepper, nutmeg and garlic powder. Mix well.
    4. Form into 1” balls and place on a baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
    6. Drain juice from pineapple cans into a measuring cup. Add water to make 2 cups. Reserve pineapple chunks.
    7. Combine remaining 6 tablespoons cornstarch, reduced sodium soy sauce, vinegar, water, unpacked brown sugar, white sugar and pineapple juice. Heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
    8. Place meatballs, sauce, pineapple chunks, green and red peppers in a covered warming dish or crock pot set on low setting until ready to serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1-1/2 meat
    • 1 fat
    • 1 fruit, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Reduced sodium soy sauce contains 500 to 600 mg sodium per tablespoon compared to 950 to 1050 mg sodium in regular soy sauce. Limit to the amount specified in the recipe.
    • Make meatballs ahead and refrigerate. When ready to serve, heat ingredients together and transfer to a warming dish.

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Hula Meatballs

Pinkyz says:


I am sorry, but what is a 2-meatball serving?!? It is unrealistic! Dietitian comment: The serving size is reasonable as an appetizer considering additional items will be consumed. If you are counting as an entree I suggest 4-6 meatballs depending on your nutrition targets.

Feb. 02, 2014, 12:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

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msbarber says:


Recipes should be printer friendly, printer ink is costly. I print recipes so I have a quick reference. This recipe a little too much sugar. MB

Feb. 02, 2014, 10:35 AM - Inappropriate review?

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KidneyMom says:


Made these last night... absolutely awesome! A hit with the whole family, including our 8 year old daughter. As the recipe made almost 50 meatballs, I'm hoping that the leftovers freeze well. I've divided them in portion/meal size servings. Thoughts?... Thanks.

Feb. 03, 2013, 8:49 AM - Inappropriate review?

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CharlieAnn says:


Do you think these could be made with ground turkey. Son can not have beef. Moderator comment: I think the recipe would be even better with turkey. Use the 7& fat instead of ground breast meat. The nutrients will be about the same with lower fat content.

Nov. 14, 2012, 11:46 AM - Inappropriate review?

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sblasczyk says:


A teammate made these for our Luau party and they were very good. The pineapple adds a great flavor. The patients and teammates loved them!

Nov. 09, 2012, 7:50 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Dawn Schulz says:


These are fantastic! I I served 4 balls with rice and some of the sauce for dinner and they are great!

Jun. 09, 2010, 9:38 AM - Inappropriate review?

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