Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  348
  • Protein  24 g
  • Carbohydrates  18 g
  • Fat  20 g
  • Cholesterol  131 mg
  • Sodium  95 mg
  • Potassium  350 mg
  • Phosphorus  197 mg
  • Calcium  21 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Meat and Rice Balls

Meat and Rice Balls isn’t the original name of this tasty kidney-friendly recipe. These beef and rice meatballs were nicknamed Porcupine Balls because the rice sticks up like quills, just like a porcupine. The recipe is from DaVita renal dietitian, Ken from Missouri, and it’s an old family favorite that’s been tried and tested over the years.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes


Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Ken from Missouri.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 3 ounces or 6 meat balls

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup instant white rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® herb seasoning blend
  • 2-1/4 cups water

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, egg and rice.
  2. After thoroughly mixed, roll into 24 small balls.
  3. Brown balls in skillet on all sides.
  4. Mix the Mrs. Dash® herb seasoning with the water.
  5. Carefully pour the water and Mrs. Dash mixture in the skillet with the meatballs.
  6. Bring water to a boil.
  7. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, rotating balls on all sides.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 3 meat
    • 1 starch
    • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices

1

Helpful hints

  • For a lower fat dish, replace ground beef with ground turkey.
  • If you are on a lower protein diet, adjust the portion to match your meal plan.
 

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3 Comments | Average User Rating:

Meat and Rice Balls

ae122980 says:

3

Very bland, needed more seasoning

Jun. 26, 2013, 2:25 PM - Inappropriate review?

Meat and Rice Balls

hardryv says:

5

I agree with Nelson, a save box would be handy

May. 27, 2010, 4:45 AM - Inappropriate review?

Meat and Rice Balls

sugarbear says:

4

I made this recipe with regular long grain rice as I had no instant rice available and it came out great. In my next attempt, I will season the meat before making the meatballs as they were a little bland in the middle. As a side note, I would love to see a recipe box where members can save recipes for later use so you don't have to constantly search for the same recipes over and over again.

May. 16, 2010, 8:13 PM - Inappropriate review?

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