Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Turkey Meatballs

This is a favorite meal of mine that is quick and healthy. You can swap out the turkey for any other ground meat (pork/beef/veal blend, chicken, etc). I use a lean ground turkey, but not the 99% fat free- that ends up way too dry.

If you mix up the ingredients, form into meatballs, and then refrigerate for about 30 minutes they will hold their shape best. I really am not too particular about that, so I usually skip that step (unless I make them earlier in the day).

You can use these for spaghetti and meatballs, or for sandwiches. We usually make a meal out of it by just serving them with a vegetable on the side, and maybe a salad. Easy, low carb, and healthy.

1 lb turkey
1/4 C Parmesan cheese

1/4 C  breadcrumb (Italian blend or panko)
1 small onion diced and sautéed
1 1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt

1 t Italian seasoning
2 T ketchup
1 t sriracha
1 egg

Dice the onion and saute in olive oil over medium heat until translucent. While the onion is sauteing, combine all of the other ingredients. One the onion is finished, let it cool, and then add to the mix. Roll into balls, and brown the meatballs in a little olive oil in the same pan you cooked the onion. 

Brown the meatballs on all sides, but they do not have to be cooked through. Add your sauce (homemade or store bought) and simmer the meatballs in the sauce on medium low heat for about 30 minutes, or until cooked through. 


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