Judging by my recent posts, you guys probably think all I eat is oatmeal, and that my cooking skills are limited to the microwave. So finally, I bring you a recipe that showcases my oven skills!! And I even use real food!!
As the title indicated, these turkey meatballs were inspired by one of my favorite fitness/healthy eating bloggers, Cassey Ho, of Blogilates’ recipe AND a turkey meatball recipe that I found in US Weekly magazine. I took elements from both recipes and combined them to make my own adaptation. I took progress pictures as I prepared and cooked the meatballs so you all can follow along.
Ingredients (Yields 16 meatballs):
1 lb ground turkey breast
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 yellow bell pepper chopped
1/2 purple onion chopped
6 tbsp liquid egg whites
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp herbs de provence
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl
*If you don’t have cooked quinoa on hand, be sure to cook that first. I usually have it cooking while I’m chopping the vegetables*
2. Place aluminum foil on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray (just to be extra sure that the meatballs don’t stick)
3. Roll mixture into 16 meatballs and place on the baking sheet. The mixture may seem a bit more liquidy than normal meatballs but don’t worry, they’ll keep their shape.
4. Pop those suckers in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes
Look at those beauties! Please admire what you just made.
MmmmMmmm..okay you can take a bite now.
Delicious yeah? One more picture for good measure. I hear the blog readers love those inside shots.
Nutrition Facts Per One Meatball
Calories: 49 (Yup!)
Total Fat: .5 g (0 g saturated, 0 g unsaturated, 0 g trans)
Cholesterol: 17.5 g
Sodium: 61.5 g
Total Carbs: 3.3 g (.7 g fiber, .6 g sugar)
Protein: 8.2 g
*Nutrition facts will vary slightly depending on the size of your bell pepper and onion, but the differences are probably negligible*
I easily eat 4 of these meatballs along with some veggies and avocado for a nice lunch or dinner. They go really well with spaghetti squash, if you’re trying to go for the whole spaghetti and meatball vibe. You can also substitute ground chicken breast for the turkey breast, which I do every so often. Both are very satisfying.
Convinced I’m not just an oatmeal master? Fabulous. Now go eat your meatballs!