This is by far the cleanest meatball recipe that has a little bit of flavor with no extra added sodium. I have another version of this that tastes even better, but sadly it isn’t as clean & you’ll be drinking plenty of water afterwards. When you’re working on building a better body, you’ve got to cook the food to get there. Of course I’m sure you’ve heard it before that results begin in the kitchen. You’re going to keep hearing that for a long time to come. Nutrition always comes first. You are what you eat. If you’ve been looking for a different way to get more protein in, look no further than to read about this turkey meatball recipe.
Do I have cheat meals? I sure do! But if I ate them every night, my body would get way out of proportion. When I’m going to eat a big cheat meal, I make sure I get in a serious calorie burning workout so I can earn my cheat meal. Yes, you have to earn it. Working hard all week long in the gym cooking clean foods in the kitchen can win you that right. Your body will speed up it’s metabolism to burn this meal off since it will see it as irregular to what you normally ingest. This process is more efficient the lower your body fat percentage is. If you’re over 20% body fat, you may want to limit those big meals as your body will end up shuttling the extra calories stored as fat instead of helping you get leaner.
Instead of the traditional spaghetti & meatballs, substituting meat for turkey & replacing pasta with veggies as a side can significantly reduce the calories you consume in a meal. I used a muffin tray to bake the turkey meatballs. You could even call these turkey muffins if you wanted. I just like using the tray because it’s easy to work with preparing ground turkey. I can literally just scoop the mixture in the pan & press the mixture down to have an easy fit. There’s not a lot of ingredients to this, & it’s not the prettiest dish you’ve ever seen. It gets the job done. I tried to keep it very simple yet giving the meat a little better texture & a hair more flavor. If you feel you need to get more of a kick from this dish, you can add a 1/4 cup of Sriracha & use bread crumbs that have sodium in there. It’s not that sodium is bad. Sodium is needed to control blood pressure & for the muscles to work properly. It’s just that 9 out of 10 Americans consume more sodium than they actually need, leading to high blood pressure & heart disease. So with that being said, just make sure you eat clean whole foods that are unprocessed & not prepackaged. Fresh is best!
Ingredients: (You can up to triple the seasonings for extra flavor, not the bread crumbs/almond milk though!) (If you want different flavor ideas, read my post on healthy seasonings.)
- 1/4 cup of worcestershire (60 ml)
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (14 ml)
- 1 tablespoon of fresh basil (14 ml)
- 1 tablespoon of fresh fresh oregano (14 ml)
- 1 heaping teaspoon of black pepper (~7 ml)
- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla coconut almond milk (240 ml)
- 1 cup of sodium free whole wheat bread crumbs (240 ml)
- 2 pounds of ground turkey (~907 g)
- 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil (14 – 28 ml) (to coat the muffin pan)
- Turn on your oven and pre-heat to 400°F (~204°C).
- Add almond milk + bread crumbs into a bowl & whisk together. Let this set for a few minutes so the bread crumbs can absorb the almond milk.
- Add eggs, oregano, pepper, basil, & worcestershire to ground turkey & mix together.
- Coat the muffin pan with coconut oil. (You can place the muffin pan on top of another pan with aluminium foil in case there is some spillover.)
- Combine bread crumb/almond milk mixture with ground turkey mixture
- Scoop ground turkey combination evenly into the muffin tray.
- Place the tray in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
- Take the tray out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. (Make sure internal temperature of the turkey meatballs are at least 165°F (~74°C).
- Place turkey meatballs on a dish and serve with your favorite vegetables!
- Optional: Add avocado for some extra healthy fats.
If you need a muffin tray, don’t hesitate to order one now!
- Prep time – 5 minutes.
- Cook time – 25 minutes
- Total time – 30 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1 Turkey Meatball
- Calories – 145
- Fat – 6 g
- Carbs – 8 g
- Protein – 18 g
As I described in the video, I pronounced worcestershire wrong. The main part was at the end of the word. I pronounced the “shire” part like you would normally say it. Turns out, the “shire” is pronounced “sure”. Well, I laughed so hard when I saw this for the first time, at least I’m not this bad! Enjoy the video below. If you’re looking for another turkey dish, be sure to check out my post on Turkey Lettuce Wraps.