Friday, February 12, 2016

Healthy family recipe: Ground Turkey Meatballs

Lean ground turkey is lower in saturated fat than ground beef, and you can sneak in some grated carrot, zucchini, and onion in these meatballs.

Healthy family recipe: Ground Turkey Meatballs


These ground turkey meatballs are in regular rotation at our house. Both of my girls - 1 and 4-years old - will eat these up pretty fast. I combined meatball recipes from and O'Boy! Organic. O'Boy! Organic offers cooking classes ranging from making your own babyfood to how to get your picky eater to eat veggies. Meatballs are a great way to sneak in some extra veggies for my kids (and even my husband)!

Make sure to use lean ground turkey, instead of a white and dark ground turkey mix to cut down on saturated fat. Otherwise, a lean ground beef would have less saturated fat.

Ground turkey meatballs


  • 1 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 tbsp dry or 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup grated sweet onion
  • 1-2 tbsp of ground flax seed (optional)


Combine all the ingredients and shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs

Warm up a skillet to medium-high heat. Add in meatballs. Brown until no longer pink.

Add in spaghetti sauce of your choice and simmer until meatballs are cooked through.

Serve with whole wheat pasta and a side of roasted brocoli or roasted cauliflower.

Adapted from and O'Boy Organic.

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