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Pumpkin BBQ Meatballs (Low-Carb)

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I don’t know about you all, but meatballs are my absolute favorite appetizer to bring to a party! They’re hearty, delicious and let’s not forget – incredibly easy to make! Now it’s true, you can go out and buy frozen meatballs put them in some store bought sauce and call it a day… (But what fun is that?!) OR you can make your own meatballs from scratch, doctor up that store bought sauce and be the talk of the entire party! I’ll let you decide for yourself. But me? I choose the latter. Which is why I’ll be making these Pumpkin BBQ Meatballs every single time!

You can easily cook the meatballs a day or so before and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. (Or ready to party!) Then simply take them out, mix up the sauce and put them both in a crock pot or slow cooker and turn it on to “warm” until they’re fully heated through.

Moist, tangy, spicy and baked to perfection! These delicious Pumpkin BBQ Meatballs are about to become your favorite appetizer for all those upcoming holiday parties!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A. Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, which can help boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron and folate may strengthen your immunity as well.

By Anna Lee

Pumpkin BBQ Meatballs (Low-Carb)

  • Prep Time:15 Minutes
  • Cook Time:25 Minutes
  • Servings: 58 Meatballs

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

2 lbs. ground turkey

¼ cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

¾ cup panko breadcrumbs* (can replace with gluten free bread crumbs)

1 cup onion, chopped

2 eggs

4 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the sauce:

1 cup bbq sauce

¼ cup pumpkin puree

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce: place all sauce ingredients in a pot on the stove. Mix and heat over medium low heat until it’s warm.
  2. To make the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with your hands. Form it into 1 inch sized balls and place them on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake meatballs for 25 minutes. Once done, place the meatballs in a bowl and pour the bbq sauce over them until they’re completely coated.
  5. *Crock Pot Option: Once the meatballs are done baking, place them in a crock pot and pour the sauce over them. Turn the crock pot on to “keep warm” and leave the in there until you’re ready to eat.
To make the sauce: place all sauce ingredients in a pot on the stove. Mix and heat over medium low heat until it’s warm. To make the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with your hands. Form it into 1 inch sized balls and place them on the baking sheet. Bake meatballs for 25 minutes. Once done, place the meatballs in a bowl and pour the bbq sauce over them until they’re completely coated. *Crock Pot Option: Once the meatballs are done baking, place them in a crock pot and pour the sauce over them. Turn the crock pot on to “keep warm” and leave the in there until you’re ready to eat.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 48; Total Fat: 2 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 17 mg; Sodium: 97 mg; Potassium: 36 mg; Carbohydrate: 1 g; Fiber: 0 g; Sugar: 2 g; Protein: 3 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 1%; Vitamin A: 5%; Iron: 2%; Calcium: 1%;

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