Although it’s become common knowledge that ground turkey is a healthier substitute for fattier varieties of ground beef and pork, some people say ground turkey lacks flavor.
Naturally, it does because it has less fat — one savory source of flavor. However, just because you opt for leaner meat doesn’t mean you have to forgo great-tasting food.
This recipe for Turkey Meatballs demonstrates how it’s done. Herbs, onions, garlic and red peppers provide a slightly sweet, garden-fresh taste. Oatmeal contributes to the tenderness.
This dish can be served with pasta, as a sub, appetizer or snack. Grease not included (wink).
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1 cup spinach, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Heat pan on medium-high and add olive oil. Coat the pan with the oil, and once it’s hot, add garlic, red pepper and onion, and saute for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. In a large bowl, mix turkey, egg, oatmeal, breadcrumbs, spinach, basil.
4. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and line on sheet.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes.
Makes about 20 meatballs.
Nutrition information (per meatball): 53 calories, 3 grams fat, 2 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein