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Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Baked Turkey Meatballs are a healthy turkey meatball recipe that's beyond easy to make.  They're juicy, flavorful and no browning is required!  Gluten free option.
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Ingredients

  • Tomato Basil Marinara or 32 ounce jar of store bought
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs regular or gluten free**
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Kosher salt use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley for serving (optional)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Pour the marinara sauce in a large skillet or baking dish and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, then add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Remove the spinach from heat and coarsely chop on a cutting board.
  • Place the ground turkey in a medium bowl. Add the chopped spinach, egg, breadcrumbs, crumbled feta cheese, oregano, salt and pepper and mix gently with your hands until the ingredients are incorporated. Be careful not to over mix as this will toughen the meat.
  • Form about 2 tablespoons of the turkey mixture into a ball and place in the skillet with marinara. Repeat with the remaining turkey mixture.
    baked turkey meatballs process collage
  • Bake the turkey meatballs for 20-25 minutes, checking for doneness after 15 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball registers 165 degrees. Remove from heat.
  • Serve over zucchini noodles or pasta and enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutrition information does not include marinara sauce as that was calculated in a separate post.
  • *I use lean ground turkey as it makes for a juicier meatball.  I don't recommend using lean ground turkey breast as it's quite dry due to the lack of fat content.
  • **If you don't have breadcrumbs on hand and you're gluten intolerant, try quick oats. I've used them in my turkey meatloaf recipe and they're amazing.
  • 5 ounces of spinach sounds like a lot, but it cooks down considerably. I've opted to chop the spinach after cooking as it's much less work. I'm sure frozen chopped, thawed spinach would work, just be sure to squeeze out a lot of excess moisture.
  • Sub the feta cheese for grated parmesan or omit to make dairy free.
  • Meatballs are a great meal prep meal and they're freezer friendly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 238kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 518mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2353IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 123mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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