Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Turkey Meatballs

This time of year is the time I start looking at carbs like they are my bestest of best friends. Pasta, garlic bread, rice you name it. Hey I can't really help it when it's a mere 20 degrees outside my belly wants to be warm and carb full?! Doesn't yours???? Pheew so glad I'm not alone! ;)

Well I know that isn't the best for me nor my waist line. I want my hard work at the gym and barre class to pay off. Kinda my 'just say no to muffin top-ville' movement this winter! So in an effort to make weeknight meals easy for myself I've started prepping ahead on the weekends. This week Turkey Meatballs.


Made ahead of time, they are easy to heat up when I get home from work or the gym exhausted, and starving! I've paired them along side a big salad one night and steamed veggies another. And I have to say I'm pretty proud - I can't get enough of them!!


Ingredients :

* 2 lbs ground turkey - I ended up with 1.75lb of ground turkey breast
* 3 egg whites
* 1 cup quick cooking oats
* 1/2 tsp ground cumin
* 1/2 tsp dried thyme
* 2 tsp dry yellow mustard
* 2 tsp black pepper
* 1 tsp chayanne pepper - this ended up being a little much, if you don't like a small bit of heat, less is more, but I like it! 
* 1 tsp salt
* 2 tbsp garlic powder or 2 fresh garlic, minced
* 1 small onion (finely chopped)
* 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Directions:1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spray pan with canola or olive oil.
3. Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
4. Roll the mixture into balls and place on pan. 
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes.


Makes 16-18 meatballs (I was able to make 18, I had to use one more small sheet to bake a few that didn't fit on the tray shown above)


*Ground white meat turkey is generally found to have less fat, cholesterol, calories etc than ground beef. But I am no expert, this is just basic knowledge I learned from web and food shows. :) 

**Last night I had them along side a mixed greens salad with crumbled blue cheese, and a super small side of low fat blue cheese dressing to dip them in. Just enough to get a small hint of flavor and not to drench the meatballs. 

12 comments:

  1. That looks great !

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  2. I love turkey meatballs - I make mine with a containter low fat pesto, egg whites and just a bit of bread crumbs, and two turkey sausages out of casing, they come out soooo good! When I want to pair with carbs I make polenta with some red sauce on top - now I am hungry!

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  3. those look great! I bet they would be good for sunday football!

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  4. YUMMM those look so delish!! Totally loving your blog - I'm a new follower! Hope you'll visit my blog - I'm hosting a $150 giveaway to Gilded Mint - amazing abstract art featured on One Kings Lane!

    xo,
    Brooke
    www.decorgreat.blogspot.com

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  5. YUMM!! I saw them on insta and they made me hungry!

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  6. These looks amazing! My tummy wants to be full of carbs too, but this might just deter me :) :)

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  7. these look delicious! my tummy has been craving carbs too like crazy with the holidays - I'll have to try these!

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  8. I've never tried making turkey meatballs, but I've always been curious -- yours look delectable!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  9. When I saw your instagram I immediately put down a cookie. It's time to fight back against muffin top's efforts!!

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