Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs

I enjoy having a bowl of pasta every now and again, but have never been a huge fan of meatballs – especially those made with red meat and fried in oil. When I started “cleaning up” my diet, I made these meatballs a few times and they were excellent. They pack a serious protein punch without adding a huge amount of fat to your diet. They also have some veggies hidden (bonus!) and they’re baked. I eat a few as soon as I cook them and then store the rest in the freezer.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (you could use chicken too, but I’ve only tried it with turkey)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dry yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with your hands (they’re your best kitchen tool!).

Roll the meat into balls – it should make 12 golf-ball sized meatballs.

Bake for 40 minutes one of two ways: line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray a muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray. Turn the meatballs over halfway through the cooking time.

You can feel good about eating these homemade, lean and very tasty meatballs. They’re delicious with a homemade tomato sauce or on their own. Bon Appetit!

Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs
Yields 12
A healthy and protein-filled snack or meal!

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Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
40 min

Total Time
1 hr

Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
40 min

Total Time
1 hr

Ingredients
• 1 lb ground turkey (you could use chicken too, but I’ve only tried it with turkey)
• 2 egg whites
• 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
• 1/4 tsp ground cumin
• 1/4 tsp dried thyme
• 1 tsp dry yellow mustard
• 1/2 tsp black pepper
• A dash of cayenne pepper
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 TBS garlic powder
• 1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
• 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with your hands (they’re your best kitchen tool!)
3. Roll the meat into balls – it should make 12 golf-ball sized meatballs.
4. Bake for 40 minutes one of two ways: line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray a muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray. Turn the meatballs over halfway through the cooking time.

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2 Responses to Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs

  1. Awesome recipe! My family and I made the switch to Turkey, about 4 years ago! Never turned back.

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