Greek Turkey Meatballs

Recipe Key - Gluten-Free60

I’ve made these a dozen times and have yet to post them. Actually I technically posted the recipe as part of my Meatball Curry Soup. But they’re worthy of their own spotlight. They’re a Justin favorite and when I find one of those recipes I definitely make it a lot! I learned to make meatballs from my mom – lots of sauce, lots of Parmesan and lots of Crisco…Sorry Mom, I know  your meatballs are infamous but I just can’t make them that way. I began creating my own meatballs after mastering turkey burgers. They’re basically the same thing but in ball form instead of patties. I find that meatballs can use a little more moisture in them than burgers though. Since Greek spices are probably my second favorite next to Mexican, these Greek meatballs were born roughly 1.5 years ago.

Greek Turkey Meatballs - gluten free, low-fat baked meatballs with a homemade blend of Mediterranean spices

I don’t repeat a lot of my recipes, honestly. I make them enough times to get it right and blog-ready but then I move on and challenge myself to new things. There are a few go-to’s I do have and since making over my blog last year, I’m redoing a ton of old posts that need new pictures. This means I get to revisit a lot of old favorites I haven’t made in a while! I did so with the buffalo chicken salad (for Justin though since I no longer eat dairy), and these delicious sweet potato protein pancakes. I have plans to revisit many more recipes too.

Okay, so how did I take mom’s meatballs and turn them into something completely healthy?

  • Start with the meat – lean ground turkey instead of beef. It’s less saturated fat but with all the good protein.
  • The sauce – not a jarred pasta sauce but tomato paste. Simple and it compliments the Mediterranean flavors better
  • Breadcrumbs? Instead of a whole cup of those I use a lot of spices (my own Mediterranean blend) and oat flour (gluten-free if necessary!)
  • As for the Crisco…well I bake them! No frying = no terrible oils

Are they as good as Mom’s meatballs? No…no meatballs will ever beat my Mom’s recipe.

Greek Turkey Meatballs - gluten free, low-fat baked meatballs with a homemade blend of Mediterranean spices
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Greek Turkey Meatballs

Greek Turkey Meatballs - gluten free, low-fat baked meatballs with a homemade blend of Mediterranean spices

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour (made from oats)*
  • 1/4 cup mediterranean seasoning
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 baking sheets with foil

  2. Mix everything in a large bowl - it's best to do this by hand. Get messy! If the mixture is too moist, add a little more oat flour or seasoning but don't overdo the seasoning.

  3. Roll into 2-3" sized balls and place on foil-lined baking sheets. This should make about 24 meatballs.

  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes.

  5. Remove from baking sheets and let cool on a paper-lined plate to drain any remaining grease.

Recipe Notes

*This seasoning is quick and easy to mix up - I keep it on hand and throw it in random dishes at times.

**Do not use anything leaner than 93% - they will be too dry

***Sometimes fat pools around the meatballs as they bake and when I take them off the try I scrape it off.

Nutrition Facts: Per 3 Meatballs (roughly 4oz): Calories: 153, Fat: 7.6g, Carbs: 1g, Protein: 22.2g

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