Ground turkey makes for tasty meatballs, meatloaf, burgers or chili. Choose dark meat for this recipe, as it will retain more moisture and yield a juicier meatball. Pair with zucchini noodles and you’ve got a great Italian feast! Click here to view PDF version.
Spiced Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs
1 pound ground turkey (preferably dark meat)
1 small zucchini, grated
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large omega-3 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seeds, minced or crushed1⁄2 teaspoon dried sage
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, plus more if needed
chopped fresh basil or chives, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the grapeseed oil and basil and mix well. Using wet hands, form the mixture into 12 balls, each about the size of a tangerine.
Heat the grapeseed oil in a large oven-safe sauté́ pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Place the meatballs in the hot pan, leaving space between them. (Depending on the size of your sauté́ pan, you may need to cook the meatballs in batches.) Cook, using a large spoon to turn the meatballs gently, until brown, about 30 seconds per side. the meatballs will be soft, so turn carefully.
Transfer the sauté́ pan to the oven and bake until the meatballs feel firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, garnish with basil or any herb of choice and serve.
Nutritional analysis per serving
Calories: 262 • Fat: 19 g • Saturated Fat: 5 g • Cholesterol: 145 mg • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 21 g • Carbohydrates: 2 g • Sodium: 520 mg