BBQ Mustard Meatballs – Fast WLS Dinner

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

February 15, 2016

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BBQ Mustard Meatballs – Fast WLS Dinner


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If you’ve had a weight-loss surgery, or you’re on the road towards having a surgery, meals that can be made in very small batches are your BFF! This is why Gastric Sleeve, Bypass, Band and Duodenal Switch patients need to keep a bag of frozen turkey meatballs in the freezer.

Here’s what I like about them:

⇒ Pre-cooked and can be heated in small batches

⇒ Can be served with a large variety of low calorie sauces for new flavor

⇒ Lower in fat compared to beef meatballs

⇒ Comes in a big bag with a zipper seal to allow for taking meatballs out as desired…and is affordable! I buy mine from Aldi.

This recipe was as simple as 1, 2, 3.

I followed the instructions on the package and cooked these in the oven. You can also use a slow cooker or a microwave. (My guess is if you only want 3-4 meatballs, you’ll chose the microwave!) Then I tossed honey mustard and barbecue sauce (the lowest sugar I could find). And just to be clear I used honey mustard…the mustard. Not honey mustard the dressing :)

Bariatric patients beware! This is a filling protein (yay!) and therefore should be eaten with caution. Take very small bites (think of a pea) and pause in between bites, chewing well and stopping at the first sign of fullness.

Note: Barbecue sauce will bring in more carbs so be watchful of sugar content, looking for the lowest sugar option available. Low sugar bbq sauce options can be bought online when your store doesn’t offer much. You may also consider having more mustard and less bbq sauce if you enjoy the taste! In general I try to keep recipes balance in carbs and protein and even better if higher protein than carbs.

**Other ways to have turkey meatballs – with marinara sauce, with cocktail sauce and sugar-free grape jelly, with a can of rotel…lots of possibilities!

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BBQ Mustard Meatballs - Fast WLS Dinner

Course: Appetizers, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 16 precooked turkey meatballs, frozen
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (lowest sugar you can find)
  • 3 tbsp honey mustard mustard, not dressing


  • Cook turkey meatballs according to package directions.
  • Toss with barbecue sauce and honey mustard. Taste and adjust mustard and bbq sauce to preference.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 869mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Mustard Meatballs - Fast WLS Dinner
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 869mg38%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8g16%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.