by Olena

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

by Olena

Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.

Every iFOODreal girl (and guy as someone pointed out – thank you) needs a basic healthy turkey meatballs recipe in their recipe binder. It is as essential as knowing how to make baked chicken breast and baked salmon. Equipped with Costco size pack of ground turkey, I have busted the myth of dry turkey meat. These healthy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs are juicy, flavourful and so easy!

Serve on their own with spaghetti, or add some low sugar jarred marinara/spaghetti sauce. Serve as an appetizer (goes well with beer). Double the recipe, then pull out from the freezer on busy weeknight. Sky is the limit!

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Are These Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs Juicy?

Yes. They are moistened with virtually zero calorie shredded zucchini and then baked just enough to be cooked through but baked on the outside without losing the moisture. At about 15 minute mark you will see meatballs surrounded by a bit of liquid coming out from zucchini but that’s good. Means there is more to stay inside the ball.

Don’t worry, I do share the trick in the recipe how to brown the meatballs and get rid of the “residue”.

Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.

Healthy Turkey Meatball Recipe Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey: There is a belief that turkey is leaner than beef. The truth is only if you choose ground turkey made from breast meat only, otherwise dark meat and skin get mixed in. I buy extra lean at Costco and call it a day. I just like the taste of turkey, end of story.
  • Zucchini: Shredded and squeezed zucchini add moisture to otherwise dry turkey meat.
  • Without Breadcrumbs: That’s right. Zucchini replace breadcrumbs adding fiber and making these healthy turkey meatballs more fluffy.
  • Spices: I keep things simple because there is nothing worse than pulling up a recipe on a weeknight and realizing you don’t have tomato paste. Garlic (powder), onion (powder) and dried oregano will do the job. Add a few hot pepper flakes if you like spice, or soy sauce for that umami taste. Anything goes.

How to Freeze Healthy Turkey Meatballs

  1. Half or fully freeze on a lined baking sheet.Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.
  2. Pop in a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months.Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.
  3. Thaw completely and then bake. Here you have to listen to me and don’t be like my mom who could never bake a thing because she never followed a single recipe. Don’t bake from frozen – meatballs will be dry. That is just too long of a baking time.Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.

How to Make Healthy Turkey Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Or I love using silicone baking mats, no oil necessary.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, zucchini, eggs, garlic, onion flakes, oregano, salt and pepper. Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.
  3. Mix well with your hands. Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.
  4. Using small cookie scoop form 47 meatballs (it helps to dip hands in a bowl with cold water occasionally) and lay on baking sheets. Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, turn and toss with spatula (mostly to get rid off of that ground turkey residue) and bake for 5 more minutes. Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.
  6. Serve hot. Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.
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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs Recipe without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy, double the recipe and freeze.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 47 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, liquid squeezed out (measured before squeezing)
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 4 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp onion flakes or powder
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Or I love using silicone baking mats, no oil necessary.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, zucchini, eggs, garlic, onion flakes, oregano, salt and pepper; mix well with your hands.
  3. Using small cookie scoop form 47 meatballs (it helps to dip hands in a bowl with cold water occasionally) and lay on baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, turn and toss with spatula (mostly to get rid off of that ground turkey residue) and bake for 5 more minutes. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

Freeze: Lay rolled raw (!) meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze completely and transfer to a large Ziploc bag. Thaw (!), then bake following recipe’s instructions. Baking from frozen will result in dry meatballs (I tried!). 

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About Olena

I don’t believe in diets, neither I think we were born to eat. This website reflects my healthy relationship with food – I like simple whole foods meals with a bit of lean protein, heavy on veggies and a sprinkle of complex carbs.

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