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A white bowl filled with healthy turkey meatballs covered in sauce and zucchini noodles
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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Turkey Meatballs are a nutritious twist on a classic Italian dish. Whole30 friendly, paleo, gluten free, dairy free and so delicious! Made with lean turkey and fresh herbs- they're the perfect dinner! I love pairing with tomato sauce and zucchini noodles.  
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword gluten free meatballs, Healthy Turkey Meatballs, whole30 turkey meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings of approx 5 meatballs
Calories 363kcal
WW Freestyle Points 4

Ingredients

Optional if not paleo/whole 30:

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

Oven Instructions:

  • Spray a lined baking sheet with olive oil. (Or use nonstick foil/parchment paper).
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined
  • Roll into approximately 1.5 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  • Bake the meatballs for 10-15 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes on the other side.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. Roll into approximately 1.5 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  • Freeze meatballs for 10 minutes to make them easier to handle.
  • Once meatballs have been frozen, place trivet insert into Instant Pot. Pour 1 cup of water into bottom of pot.
  • Place meatballs on top of trivet, stacking as needed.
  • Cover instant pot and make sure the pressure release is set to sealing. Set instant pot to pressure cook for 7 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes. Release any remaining pressure and remove with tongs.
  • See Notes for additional tips/tricks for cooking meatballs in instant pot.

Notes

Substitutions for Healthy Turkey Meatballs:
  • Nut free: sub almond meal with breadcrumbs (this will make the meatballs non-whole30)
  • Coconut/Almond Flour - If you don't have coconut flour or almond meal you can sub whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • Herbs - If you don't have fresh herbs you can used dried (but fresh have so much more flavor!)
  • Meat- You can sub chicken or beef for the turkey
  • Extra Veggies -You can add in chopped spinach or kale for extra veggies. I actually like to pulse in the food processor so it get's super find. You can't even taste it!
  • WW Freestyle Note: Points calculated using 99% fat free turkey
Instant Pot Notes
  • Cook time does not include time to come to pressure (about 14 minutes).
  • Freezing meatballs isn't necessary but will make the meatballs easier to handle and they won't cook together in the pot.
  • If you want the meatballs to be browned, you can either sauté them before cooking. In the Instant Pot you can use the sauté method - be sure to scrape off any bits of food on the bottom of the pan before cooking or you may get a burn notice.
  • You can also sauté or broil meatballs after cooking to brown them.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Turkey Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (5 meatballs (approx))
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 640mg28%
Potassium 514mg15%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 4.7mg6%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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