24 servings

Serving Size:
2 meatballs

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Gluten-free


  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup rice milk, unenriched
  • 1 cup oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Dice onion and beat eggs.
  3. Combine all ingredients, except barbecue sauce and water, in a large bowl and mix together.
  4. Roll into 1” balls and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Combine barbecue sauce and water in a warming dish or Crock pot® on low temperature setting. Add meatballs and stir. Cover until ready to serve.

Helpful hints

  • Instead of using commercial barbecue sauce, serve with Zesty Barbecue Sauce from the DaVita.com recipe collection. Sodium content is much lower.
  • Make meatballs ahead and refrigerate. When ready to serve, heat ingredients together and transfer to a warming dish.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 176

Protein 11 g

Carbohydrates 6 g

Fat 12 g

Cholesterol 55 mg

Sodium 180 mg

Potassium 208 mg

Phosphorus 107 mg

Calcium 24 mg

Fiber 0.5 g

Added Sugar 4 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 fat
  • 1/2 high calorie

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