The Low Carb Jumpstart

Italian meatballs with mozzarella cheese

Carbs: 5g

Stovetop, baked, or microwavable meatballs to satisfy your love for Italian food!


15 mins


15 mins




  • 1 lb
    Ground beef, turkey, or chicken
     Can be frozen, thaw beforehand
  • 3/4 cup
    Shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
     Can find at Dollar Stores
  • 1/2 tbsp
    Dried Basil
     Can find at Dollar Stores
  • 1/2 tsp
    Onion Powder
     Can find at Dollar Stores
  • 1 tsp
    Garlic Powder
     Can find at Dollar Stores, an MCT2D Favorite
  • 1/2 tsp
    Ground black pepper
     Can find at Dollar Stores
  • 5 oz
    fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Place ground meat, parmesan cheese, egg, salt and spices in a bowl and blend thoroughly. Form the mixture into meatballs, about 1 oz (30 grams) each. It helps to keep your hands wet while forming the balls.


  1. Put meatballs in a microwave safe baking dish.

  2. Cover dish with plastic wrap and microwave at 70% power for 12 minutes.

  3. To make

  4. Uncover; add canned tomatoes, salt and pepper, extra seasonings (optional).

  5. If you can, check internal temperature of a larger meatball and look for pinkness of meat. Internal temperature should be at least 165 F degrees. If it’s lower and you still see pinkness cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. If you don't have a thermometer, slice a meatball open and make sure all the pinkness is gone.

  6. Add low-sugar tomato sauce and cheese and microwave at 70% power for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted and sauce is warm