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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs are loaded with veggies and are a healthier twist to the Italian classic. Flavorful and simple, the entire family will request these weekly! This recipe is also a great way to sneak in veggies for that picky eater.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Servings: 4
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Bailey

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • ¾ cup finely chopped white onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped spinach (fresh) optional
  • ¾ cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ tbsp italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup soup crackers *
  • 1 tsp worchestershire sauce Optional!
  • 1 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika *
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • cup marinara

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix: ground turkey or chicken, shredded zucchini (use a cheese grater to shred the zucchini), seasoning, parsley, onions, egg, garlic, crackers. Use your hands to mix best. Add in 2 tbsp of marinara and mix in well. Save the rest of the sauce.
  • add parchemnt paper to a cooking sheet or spray the sheet with a little oil. Make 1.5 inch balls with your hands evenly spaced on the sheet. Makes about 12 meatballs depending on size. 
  • add a tsp of red sauce over each meatball. Place in the oven and cook for 18 - 20 minutes. Place on crusty bread with mozzarella for a meatball sub or serve over spaghetti noodles. 

Notes

* Use gluten-free crackers, saltines or oats. Bread crumbs will also work. 
*You can also use ground chicken or beef for this recipe.
Add in parmesan cheese if you are not dairy free! 
*regular paprika will also work.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1061mg | Calcium: 47mg | Vitamin C: 11mg | Vitamin A: 821IU | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 599mg | Cholesterol: 103mg | Calories: 319kcal | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fat: 8g | Protein: 30g | Carbohydrates: 31g | Iron: 2mg