The Best Turkey Meatballs! Recipe

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  1. Begin by heating the tomato sauce over a low heat, covered, in a medium to large pot.
  2. While sauce is heating, dice celery, carrots and onion; add to a large bowl. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Mince the garlic and set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat cooking spray on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add diced vegetables and minced garlic and sauté until vegetables start to soften and onions become translucent (about 5 - 7 minutes). Once soft, remove from heat and pour into the same large bowl, completely emptying skillet (reserve skillet). Let stand 5-10 minutes to cool slightly.
  4. To the vegetables, add the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, parsely, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients using a spoon, then add the meat. Combine with your hands, being careful not to over-knead while evenly incorporating all ingredients (if mixture seems slightly too wet, sprinkle in a little more breadcrumbs or cheese). Form meatballs into balls about 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 in diameter, and set aside on a piece of wax paper. Repeat with remaining meat mixture (should make around 14 - 18 or so meatballs).
  5. To the same skillet*, add more cooking spray and heat on medium heat. Once hot, add meatballs, being careful not to overcrowd skillet (work in batches, if needed). Sear meatballs 3-5 minutes per side, gently flipping with tongs. Once both sides have seared, add par-cooked meatballs to your pot of sauce, cover. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  6. Simmer meatballs in sauce, covered, on low heat for 1-3 hours, and enjoy! (Serving Suggestion: my favorite way to serve these meatballs is over a bed of high fiber (such as Dreamfields) or whole wheat pasta with a scoop of low-fat ricotta cheese!).
  7. * Though pan-searing the meatballs is the way to get the best results, if this is too labor-intensive or time consuming, you can par-bake the meatballs in the oven instead. After rolling the meat mixture into balls, place all of the balls 1/2 -1 apart on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Cook the meatballs for 15-30 minutes at 350º, flipping halfway through, then add them to the pot of sauce.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 222.64 Kcal (932 kJ)
Calories from fat 95.89 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.65g 16%
Cholesterol 78.45mg 26%
Sodium 260.22mg 11%
Potassium 450.7mg 10%
Total Carbs 9.78g 3%
Sugars 2.64g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2.41g 10%
Protein 21.94g 44%
Vitamin C 3.7mg 6%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 8%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Calcium 112.1mg 11%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 116.85 Kcal (489 kJ)
Calories from fat 50.33 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.59g 16%
Cholesterol 41.17mg 26%
Sodium 136.58mg 11%
Potassium 236.55mg 10%
Total Carbs 5.13g 3%
Sugars 1.39g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1.26g 10%
Protein 11.52g 44%
Vitamin C 1.9mg 6%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 8%
Iron 1mg 10%
Calcium 58.8mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 4.9
  • 6

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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