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Healthy and Delicious Turkey Meatballs

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Baked ground turkey meatballs are the perfect healthy addition to any dinner! Serve them over spaghetti, with rice or in a meatball sub loaded with cheese and you'll have a dinner the whole family loves!

I’m not going to pretend that we are super healthy, but I do take little steps to avoid unnecessary things such as deep frying, heavy carbs and eating a lot of red meat.  I usually stay away from doing any type of frying actually, and we only have pasta or rice about once or twice a week.  And red meat is only made about once every two weeks or so.  I think we just both prefer white meat anyway. 😉

A while ago while shopping at BJ’s, I found ground turkey and decided to skip the ground beef on that trip and try this instead.  I had never made anything with it, but I decided to give it a go.  I tried making ground turkey in a way my family makes ground beef (the Cuban way).  For whatever reason, it just wasn’t that great.  Maybe my seasonings were a bit off, or just not enough.  I don’t know, but I stayed away from ground turkey…until today.  I ran out of meat this week and didn’t’ have time to take another trip to BJ’s when I found another package of ground turkey in my freezer.  I figured it’s that or take out, so I’ll give it another chance (besides, if it totally failed, I could get take out anyway, so I had nothing to lose).

Baked ground turkey meatballs are the perfect healthy addition to any dinner! Serve them over spaghetti, with rice or in a meatball sub loaded with cheese and you'll have a dinner the whole family loves!

I decided to make a pretty healthy and light version of turkey meatballs.  I took the recipe I normally make meatballs with and tweaked it a bit here and there.  And to be quite honest, they’re better than what I normally make with ground beef!  These are so healthy, have so much flavor and are so tender.  I think I found my new favorite {healthy} meatball recipe! 🙂

Update 8/7/2017: I’ve begun making these in a toaster oven and they’re soooo good! Obviously, it only really works (or at least, is practical) if you’re cooking for a small family.  For us, it is perfect! The meatballs turn out so juicy and cook very quickly.  If you don’t have one, I’m attaching a link to one below 🙂

 


 

Baked Ground Turkey Meatballs

  • Servings: 8
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Ingredients

  • 1 – 1.5 lbs. of ground turkey
  • 3 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp homemade spaghetti sauce


Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine everything except the turkey and mix well.  Now add the turkey and blend well (works best with your hands)
  2. Form small balls of the meat and place on a cookie sheet (I made about 1.5 inch)
  3. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (time length varies depending on the size of meatballs)
  4. If you have prepared a sauce as well, place the meatballs in the sauce and simmer for a 20-30 (optional)

Tip: Use a mini ice cream scoop like this one to make even sized meatballs.

For another easy dinner recipe, CLICK HERE!

 

Baked ground turkey meatballs are the perfect healthy addition to any dinner! Serve them over spaghetti, with rice or in a meatball sub loaded with cheese and you'll have a dinner the whole family loves!

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