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Meatballs and Mushroom Gravy
11 votes


This recipe is delicious and may be suitable for all blood types with slight modifications. It is fabulous served over mashed sweet potatoes; also good over brown rice.

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (3 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
  • Type AB (3 beneficials)
  • Type AB Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
  • Type B (2 beneficials)
  • Type B Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
  • Type O (3 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
  • Entree
  • 1 pound ground turkey, chicken or beef
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (per type)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1 Tablespoon dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and sliced (or other suitable type)
  • 1/4 cup sherry or white wine
  • 1 cup beef, turkey, chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
How to make it:
  1. Combine ground meat, bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley and salt.
  2. Roll into 2'' meatballs.
  3. In a large skillet, add enough olive oil to cover bottom of pan.
  4. Heat oil over medium heat.
  5. Add meatballs and brown for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until meatballs are cooked through, about 3 more minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch or arrowroot in sherry and broth.
  8. Add broth mixture and thyme to meatballs.
  9. Bring to boil and simmer about 1 minute, until gravy thickens.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Onion (Red/Spanish/Yellow/Whit...1 ,2 B B N N N B B B
Thyme2 N N N N N N N N
Parsley2 B N B B B B B B
Sea Salt2 N N N N N N N N
Egg White (chicken)2 N N B B N N N N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Beverage Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Wine (White)- N B N N N B A A

Additive Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Arrowroot- N N N N N N N N
Cornstarch3 N A A A A A A A

Meat Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Chicken2 N N A A A A N N
Turkey2 N B B B N N N N
Beef2 A A A A N N B B

Vegetable Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Mushroom (Shiitake)2 ,3 A N A A B B A A
Mushroom (Domestic white "Butt...2 ,4 B A N N N N A N

[1] This recipe uses ingredients rich in lignans.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[3] This recipe uses ingredients which may have a high mold count.
[4] This recipe uses ingredients with a high glycemic index.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

    Please Note:
    When using any recipe, always check it for avoids and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary. The Blood Type Diet Recipe Database has been recently greatly enhanced. Also, the food lists changed somewhat a couple of years ago, and all recipes in the database may not reflect those changes in terms of the blood types for which the recipes are recommended. Volunteer Blood Type Diet Forums Members are working to review and update all the recipes to take advantage of the all the new features and food lists. Please be patient with us until the process has been completed.

    Revision History:
    • Revised Jan 01, 2011 at 09:11 PM By: Joe