These Healthy Meal Prep Baked Turkey Meatballs are going to be an amazing addition to your healthy eating plan! They're loaded with lean protein and lots of delicious flavor! This turkey meatball recipe makes 45 meatballs and they freeze perfectly - a fabulous recipe to help you meal prep for the week!
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Healthy Meal Prep with Meatballs
So I'm just becoming kind of a junior meal prepper, and meatballs are one of my favorite ways to eat protein. I love that you can pack in so much yummy flavor… Plus, they’re so cute with their little bite-sized selves.
You can adjust them to whatever your diet preferences are: gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, low-carb… the possibilities are endless. They are super versatile in the never-ending quest for healthy lunches - or even healthy breakfasts!
You could use ground turkey, chicken, pork, beef or lamb, or a combination of them… whatever suits your needs or desires.
Baked Turkey Meatballs
Today I wanted to add another yummy meatball to the line-up that could be used in a variety of ways… Baked Turkey Meatballs!
They’re perfect for soups, chilis, salads, energy bowls, pasta, pitas, subs… the list goes on and on. You could even serve them as appetizers with a tasty marinara or a cheese sauce. Mmmm.
These little guys are so delicious – It’s hard to stop eating them.
But that’s not all… these turkey meatballs are gluten-free, low-carb, and low-calorie, and they bake in 15 minutes. Whaaa!?? Crazy talk – right!??
They can be the basis for so many delicious healthy freezer meals too! I know – you may need to pinch yourself cause this is really happening my friend.
These little meat bombs are not only versatile and super tasty but they’re also perfect for meal prepping! Yep – we’re going there.
Healthy Meal Prep Ideas:
Whip up a batch of these meatballs, freeze half, and use the rest for meal prep dinner or lunches for the week.
- They’re delicious over veggie noodles or with pasta and red sauce.
- They make a great sub sandwich - just add your favorite veggies and sauce, and voila! Subway on a whole ‘natha level.
- Add them to your favorite chili instead of ground meat.
- Stir them into some hot broth with veggies and spices for a delicious hearty soup.
- Swap them out for the protein in your favorite energy bowl or salad creation.
See, like I said – they’re so versatile! And since we’re baking them and using low-fat ground turkey, they’re actually pretty good for you as well. This turkey meatball recipe is definitely winning!
Let’s get to it, shall we??
My Healthy Meal Prep Turkey Meatball recipe:
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next, add all of your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir until everything is mixed together well.
(Important tip!! This recipe calls for turkey meat that is 93% lean. I do not recommend using anything leaner for this recipe, or your meatballs may be dry.)
Using a 1½ inch scoop, roll 45 meatballs onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheet pans.
Bake for 15- 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees when placed in the center of a meatball.
Now they're ready to eat! It's up to you to decide what you’ll do with these baked turkey meatballs...
Whatever it is I’m certain it will be delicious!
If you’re freezing the meatballs allow them to cool completely and freeze them in a large freezer bag. They’re best when used within 2-3 months.
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I’d love to know what creative meal prep ideas you come up with for these turkey meatballs… let me know!!
- 1 cup almond meal (or bread crumbs if preferred)
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons salt and pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- ⅔ cup finely chopped parsley
- 8 large size garlic cloves, minced
- 2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey (I do not recommend using anything leaner for this recipe, or your meatballs may be dry!)
- Preheat oven to 400F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- To make the meatballs, add the almond flour, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl and stir together.
- Beat the eggs and stir them into the bowl.
- Stir in your parsley, onion and garlic.
- Now add your turkey and mix together just enough to get everything evenly distributed.
- Use a 1 ½-inch scoop to scoop the meatballs (be sure the meat mixture is firmly pressed into the scoop). Place them evenly spaced on a parchment lined sheet pan. (You can also spray some cooking spray on your hands and roll them if you prefer. It takes a little longer so I don't bother.)
- Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm as part of your entree.
- To freeze, allow the meatballs to cool completely. Then freeze in one large freezer bag or divide into portions in smaller freezer bags.
This recipe calls for 93% lean ground turkey meat. I have tested this recipe many times and found that turkey leaner than 93% will produce dry meatballs! So be sure to use ground turkey that is 93% lean or less.
If you're unable to find it in the store, you can easily make your own almond meal
Serving Size1 Meatball
Amount Per Serving Calories 46Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 19mgSodium 134mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 6g