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Turkey Zucchini Carrot Meatballs

A new take on turkey meatballs

This recipe is high in protein, low in carbs, and very versatile. The basic recipe incorporates ground poultry, grated vegetables, and seasoning. I’ve made it with ground chicken and ground turkey; either works fine. For a juicier meatball, I’d recommend a mixture that’s about 94 percent lean. 

For the vegetables, I usually grate carrots and zucchini. Sometimes I change it up by using different colored carrots and/or yellow or green zucchini squashes. Onions are optional. Garlic is too. I used ground mustard seed and dill here, but you can use any herb or seasoning blend you prefer.

You could bake it in a loaf pan or cast-iron skillet, but I like to use a 12-piece muffin tin instead. I find that the pieces cook a bit faster and more evenly. Best part, you get 12 equally sized large meatballs, so it’s easy to portion out and store. Taste great with ketchup!

Recipe courtesy of Looky Tasty.

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds ground turkey (half white meat and half dark meat recommended)
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/4 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 2 Teaspoons ground dill
  • 2 Teaspoons ground mustard seed
  • Coconut oil cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 12-piece muffin tin with cooking spray.

In a large pan, heat up garlic, zucchini, carrots, and onion. Sweat the vegetables to remove moisture. Continue stirring and cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes.

Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked vegetables. Add ground dill and mustard seed. Mix to combine ingredients.

Divide the mixture evenly into the compartments of the muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked.

Nutritional Facts
Servings12
Calories Per Serving133
Total Fat7g11%
Sugar0.8gN/A
Saturated3g14%
Cholesterol52mg17%
Protein15g31%
Carbs2g1%
Vitamin A67µg7%
Vitamin B120.8µg31.5%
Vitamin B60.5mg36.4%
Vitamin C4mg4%
Vitamin D0.3µg2%
Vitamin E0.1mg1%
Vitamin K2µg1%
Calcium24mg2%
Fiber0.4g1.8%
Folate (food)11µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)11µg3%
Iron1mg6%
Magnesium23mg6%
Monounsaturated2gN/A
Niacin (B3)5mg33%
Phosphorus164mg23%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium254mg5%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg10.7%
Sodium50mg2%
Zinc2mg17%