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Asian Turkey Meatballs

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Asian Turkey Meatballs are so versatile and delicious however you eat them – in a salad, added to a stir-fry, or just dipped in sauce as an appetizer. And at just 15 calories each, you can snack on half a dozen and the protein & veggie fiber will fill you up.

These have a great crunch from the water chestnuts & carrots. This recipe makes a large batch so you can freeze half and have them on hand for a quick healthy meal.

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I have a confession, if you haven’t figured it out yet: I love dipping things. If it can be made into a dippable format, I will find a way to do it. (Semi-related: I also love eating with chopsticks, even when there’s no logical need.) “Sauces, Dips, & Spreads” is its own category for a good reason. So my favorite way to eat these is to mix together a little sesame ginger marinade, soy sauce, chili garlic paste, and lime juice, dip ‘em, and call it dinner. Transferring meatballs from the baking sheet to a real dish is optional.

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The raw mixture will be much wetter than normal beef or pork meatballs. That’s okay – ground turkey has less fat and it needs this extra liquid to stay moist. Water will also be released from the vegetables as they cook so the turkey won’t dry out. It does make forming the meatballs a little trickier, especially with large vegetable pieces, but don’t worry too much because the cooked meatball will shrink down and hold together.

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Serves: 6 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 8 oz. water chestnuts, drained & minced
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 t. ginger, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. sambal oelek or chili garlic paste
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mixture will be wet and sticky.
  3. Roll into 1” meatballs and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes until baked through and golden brown.
Notes
You can make a basic dipping sauce with any combination of Asian condiments in your fridge. My favorite is sesame ginger marinade, soy sauce, chili garlic paste, and lime juice.
These freeze well and can be reheated in either the microwave or oven.

Nutrition Facts
6 dozen servings per container
Serving size 1 meatball

Amount per serving
Calories 15
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg 3%
Sodium 24mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 1g

Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 1mg 6%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.



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