Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  127
  • Protein  9 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  4 g
  • Cholesterol  41 mg
  • Sodium  129 mg
  • Potassium  148 mg
  • Phosphorus  89 mg
  • Calcium  15 mg
  • Fiber  0.2 g

Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs

Need something sweet but a little sour for your appetite? Look no further than Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs, a kidney-friendly appetizer for people with kidney disease, diabetes or those on dialysis.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Sara from California.

Portions: 12 (48 meatballs)     Serving size: 4 meatballs


  • 1 pound ground turkey, 7% fat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 6 ounces grape jelly
  • 1/4 cup Heinz® bottled chili sauce


  1. Combine ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs, finely chopped onion, garlic powder and pepper until well blended.
  2. Shape into 3/4-inch meatballs; makes approximately 48 balls.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil and cook meatballs over medium heat. Turn several times to brown evenly. Continue cooking until meatballs are cooked all the way through.
  4. Combine jelly and chili sauce in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes until jelly is liquefied. Stir well and pour over meatballs in a chafing dish or slow cooker set on low heat.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • This recipe works best with ground turkey containing 7% fat.  Meatballs made with ground turkey breast meat are not as moist.
    • Ground beef or pork may be substituted for ground turkey.

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs

Roseway01 says:


Great served over white rice as a meal!

Oct. 13, 2013, 3:21 AM - Inappropriate review?

Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs

gmschnick says:


This is great.everyone at the center love them . Going to have at super bowl party at center on friday.

Jan. 25, 2013, 5:30 AM - Inappropriate review?

Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs

jsmartrd says:


I've made these meatballs for years for family and friends. I made them for a patient holiday event a few years ago. They were a huge success. So simple and tasty.

Dec. 16, 2009, 7:59 AM - Inappropriate review?

Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs

rsweetfan says:


I made this for a Women's event at my church and everyone loved it. This is probably one of the best Appetizer Dishes I have ever made.

Nov. 13, 2008, 11:55 AM - Inappropriate review?

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