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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 🙂

 


 

[recipe title=”Baked Ground Turkey Meatballs” servings=”8″ time=”30 minutes” ]

[recipe-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

[/recipe-ingredients]

[recipe-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)

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

[/recipe]

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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