Think outside the box with these lean and flavorful meatballs. Not only do they taste great with a traditional pasta sauce and a serving of whole wheat pasta or on a whole wheat roll for a sandwich, they can be added to many meals. Try serving them with cooked vegetables, halved in a salad or in a wrap or pita. These meatballs also freeze and reheat very well.

Herbed Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of lean ground turkey breast (93% lean or higher)
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • ⅔ cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, cleaned and chopped (1/3 cup dried parsley)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped (1/2 tbsp. dried oregano)
  • 1 ½ tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped (3/4 tsp dried rosemary)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Thoroughly mix together all ingredients in medium size mixing bowl.

3. Divide and form meat mixture into 24 1 ounce rounded balls and place on a sheet pan.

3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatball is 165 degrees F.

Serves approximately 6. One serving is 4 1 oz. meatballs

Note:

1 tbsp. fresh parsley = 1 tsp. dried parsley

2 tsp. fresh oregano = 1 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. fresh rosemary= 1 tsp. dried rosemary

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