Happy Friday!  I could not be more excited for today as it’s my last day of work before a week off for Spring Break.  Wahoo!  My little sister will be visiting for part of the week from California, so I’ll be spending a good part of the weekend getting the house ready for her arrival.  You better believe her visit will include a lot of delicious food, fitness, and fun like when I went out west to see her.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram.  Now for todays recipe.  I’m surprised it took me so long to share these Healthy Baked Turkey meatballs with you because they are a hit in our house for a quick meal during the week or a date night in.  I also always prepare them for small social gatherings as they are easy to make ahead of time and reheat in a crockpot.  I use ground turkey and bake them to make them a little leaner.  And I prefer serving with a side of zucchini noodles over regular pasta to make it a low carb meal.

Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs with homemade marinara and zucchini noodles

I initially made turkey meatballs with just the 99% fat free turkey and they were way too dry.  So the next time I experimented with this recipe I mixed 93% lean turkey and 99%, my grocery store carries Shady Brook Farms ground turkey that I really enjoy.  With some panko, eggs, and spices, the combo of the two different ground turkey meats was perfect.  And since I used two whole ground turkey containers that were each a little over a pound, we had plenty of leftovers. These meatballs easily freeze and make a quick meal on a busy weeknight or they would be great for meal prep.

Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs with homemade marinara and zucchini noodles

Prepping the meatballs takes no longer than 10 minutes.  Then I prefer to bake them with some olive oil spray rather than frying to keep them leaner.  Now for the sauce.  I am a huge fan of a marinara sauce and have loved and used this recipe   so much that I easily have it memorized.  I shared it a few years ago here on the blog, but the photos are in serious need of a makeover.  If you don’t have time to make your own feel free to use your favorite store bought version.

Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs with homemade marinara and zucchini noodles

You might choose to put these over pasta, spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or eat them sandwiched on a little slider bun.  However you choose they will be a delicious!

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Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs
 
A healthier Italian meatball made with ground turkey and baked not fried.
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground turkey, I use one of each 99% and 93% lean
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup yellow onion minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian Parsley chopped
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup panko break crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and set aside. I use an olive oil spray.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and shape into about 24-one inch sized meatballs.
  3. Spread the meatballs out on the prepared baking sheet. You will likely need to bake two batches.
  4. Spray the tops of the meatballs with non stick cooking spray before placing the sheet in the oven.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, flip each meatball and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until they are cook through.
  6. Combine with your favorite marinara sauce, pasta, or veggie noodles. Top with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese if desired.

Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs with homemade marinara and zucchini noodles

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20 Comments on Healthy Baked Turkey Meatballs

  1. Carrie this fit chick
    April 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm (4 months ago)

    Oh my gosh yes. My boyfriend and I seriously love meatballs. Im all about zoodles!! Have fun with your sister! I live in SF and used to live in LA, so I’m a Cali gal like her!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm (4 months ago)

      Yes she LOVES living there, we grew up in the midwest so it was a lot of change when she moved five years ago. And meatballs are so versatile and always make a delicious meal, we love them!

      Reply
  2. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    April 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm (4 months ago)

    This looks so healthy and good! I hope you had a blast with your sister. Family time is the best.

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Julie, it’s definitely a healthy but delicious meal. And so excited for a little family time!

      Reply
  3. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    April 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm (4 months ago)

    Yum! I just got a spiralizer can’t wait to make all things spiralized!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm (4 months ago)

      I have a veggeti and it burns my arms everytime, especially after an upper body workout. I seriously need to invest in an actual spiralizer.

      Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm (4 months ago)

      They are yummy and I love how quick I can make them!

      Reply
  4. Annmarie
    April 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm (4 months ago)

    I was just talking to some one the other day about how I’ve been craving turkey meatballs – these look delicious!!!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm (4 months ago)

      I always get cravings for them too. Or maybe I get cravings more so for the sauce, I could eat marinara like soup, so delicious.

      Reply
  5. Susie @ Suzlyfe
    April 8, 2017 at 12:52 am (4 months ago)

    I LOVE turkey meatballs over zoodles. I will have to try yours, though I am pretty partial to mine!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:57 pm (4 months ago)

      I love that there are so many different ways to make meatballs. I actually probably do the recipe a little different each time depending on what I have around.

      Reply
  6. Emily
    April 8, 2017 at 3:59 pm (4 months ago)

    You make me feel so hungry at night. Turkey meetballs look so yummy and seem to be easy to cook. Thanks for your sharing.

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes they are super easy and delicious!

      Reply
  7. Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    April 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm (4 months ago)

    To me, meatballs taste so much better than regular meat. I don’t know what it is but they are full of flavor! Have so much fun with your sister!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes I feel the same way. I ordered beef meatballs and pasta at a restaurant a few months ago and was not impressed, definitely a turkey fan.

      Reply
  8. Anjali Mukhejee
    April 27, 2017 at 6:21 am (3 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm (3 months ago)

      Hope you try them!

      Reply
  9. Jenny
    June 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm (2 months ago)

    I made these yesterday and they were delicious!!! I served them over penne pasta and marinara sauce, but would love to try with zoodles to make the meal healthier (although I haven’t tried to make zoodles before!!) Do you think it would be okay to freeze these?

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      June 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm (2 months ago)

      Oh I’m so glad you liked them! I ALWAYS make a double batch and freeze the leftovers. Then just reheat them in some marinara sauce 😉

      Reply

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