Zesty Turkey Meatballs

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These little bites of deliciousness are actually my original meatloaf recipe gone rogue. I couldn’t use my meatloaf pan so I rolled them up into meatballs instead and they became a quick favorite. They’re also grain-free, dairy free, and nut free! Small bites, big flavors.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

These meatballs provide a powerful punch of protein and vitamin A. Protein is essential as a building block for our cells, organs & muscles. Vitamin A plays key roles in our vision and immunity. Turkey is a great alternative to using ground beef or pork in a recipe as it is a lean choice with less fat. When buying ground turkey, look for the protein/fat ratio on the label. Choose a lean option such as 90/10 (90% protein/10% fat). Coconut aminos are made from the mixing aged sap of coconut blossoms and salt. It is gluten and soy-free, as well as vegan. It can be used in place of soy or tamari sauce in recipes, and has a savory flavor. This recipe is high in sodium, and is not appropriate for individuals with high blood pressure or heart failure.

By Alex Lans MS, RDN/LD

Zesty Turkey Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 pound of organic ground turkey
1 egg
3 shallots (chopped)
1 carrot (grated)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
3 teaspoons sugar-free hot sauce (or up to 1 tablespoon if you like the heat)
6-8 dashes fish sauce

Instructions

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined (but do not overmix).
2. Roll into 12 balls.
3. Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes in a 425-degree F oven.
4. Garnish with lime if desired. Enjoy!

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined (but do not overmix). 2. Roll into 12 balls. 3. Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes in a 425-degree F oven. 4. Garnish with lime if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 260; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 127mg; Sodium: 1225mg; Potassium: 131mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 26g


Nutrition Bonus: Vit A: 53%; Iron: 12%

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