Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Chef Doreen's Pork Meatballs in Orange, Honey, Serrano Sauce

Servings: 4
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Total: 30 minutes


  • 1 Lb. fresh pork, ground
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 orange, juice and zest (3/4 cup approximately)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ½ Tbs agave honey
  • 1 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 chili serrano, New Mexico chili, or jalapeno pepper, sliced (if you prefer it to be mild, remove the veins and seeds and cut into very small pieces)


  1. In a deep bowl, combine the pork and garlic and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Using your hands, form 10 to 12 meatballs.
  3. In another deep bowl, mix the juice and zest of the orange, honey, soy sauce, and chili (optional) and set aside until Step 5.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and saute over medium-high heat, then add the meatballs to the hot oil and cook on one side for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn over the meatballs and add the sauce to thicken while continue to cook the meatballs. Using a spatual or wodden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan to remove anything sticking to help the sauce to thicken. Cook for another 3 minutes, reducing the temperature if necessary.
  6. Add the cilantro and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: calories 346; total fat 18 grams; saturated fat 4 grams; cholesterol 100 mg; total carbs 33.1 grams; fiber 2.4 grams; sugar 5.9 grams; protein 32 grams; sodium 257 mg.



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