Healthy Italian Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Italian turkey meatballs that are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, low-carb, kid-friendly, and super tasty! Made with 6 ingredients and ready in 25 minutes, these turkey meatballs are tender, juicy, and jam-packed with flavor. They are a family favorite and are perfect for any occasion!

healthy Italian Turkey Meatballs

Craving a meatball and pasta dish? Try these healthy Italian meatballs.

Don’t worry, I have you covered! These Italian turkey meatballs are fresh and healthy. Adding a grated zucchini not only helps keep them moist and tender, but it also is super nutritious. They only take 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook – how easy is that?

I like to keep my recipes simple and easy.

I love to pair these meatballs with Banza, my favorite chickpea protein pasta, and Cucina Antica tomato basil sauce, my favorite pasta sauce. But, in all seriousness, they taste great with ANYTHING!

What’s in these super juicy, gluten-free turkey meatballs?

Well, let me just tell you, not a lot!! These bad boys are so simple, easy and affordable. You shouldn’t need to go to the store and buy 10 ingredients that you’ll never use again. With only 6 ingredients (including salt and pepper), these turkey meatballs are perfect for large family dinners on any occasion. One serving yields around 20 meatballs, but don’t worry you can easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe!

I am sure loving the simplicity of these meatballs. Sign me up!

How to make these easy turkey meatballs

It’s pretty simple let me just tell you. You do not need to spend hours in the kitchen to produce a delicious dinner for yourself, a loved one or your family. I am here to help you out. This meatball recipe should not take more than 30 minutes. I promise. All you have to do is add your ingredients to a bowl, mix, shape and bake!

The only “tough” part might be grating, drying, and preparing the zucchini, but don’t worry it is actually not as scary as it sounds. To start, I use this kitchen box grater to prep my zucchini. All you have to do is cut the zucchini in half and grate both pieces.

The next step is crucial for the success of your meatballs! You must remove as much moisture from the grated zucchini as possible so the meatballs do not fall apart. I absolutely love to use this Nut Milk Bag to remove all liquid. However, if this is not available to you, you can easily use a strainer and firmly press down with a spoon over a sink until all moisture is removed.

Next, just add all the other ingredients to the mixing bowl, form your golf ball sized meatballs, place them on a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and bake at 400 F for 12 – 15 minutes!

Have leftover Healthy Italian Meatballs?

Have no fear! One of the best things about these juicy turkey meatballs is that you can save extra for the next day or even your weekly meal prep. You can easily refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 5 days and reheat them in the microwave or stovetop with your favorite pasta sauce. Obviously mine is Cucina Antica. You can even freeze them for up to 2 months! I usually put mine in the freezer save bags instead of a container. Also, if you freeze them, I would reheat them on the stovetop in a pasta sauce over using the microwave.

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Healthy Italian Turkey Meatballs


  • Author: Tati Chermayeff
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 20 meatballs 1x

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Healthy Italian turkey meatballs that are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, low-carb, kid-friendly, and super tasty! Made with 6 ingredients and ready in 25 minutes, these turkey meatballs are tender, juicy, and jam-packed with flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground pepper (or to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place ground turkey into a large bowl.
  3. Using a box grater, finely grate the zucchini. Place into a milk bag or cheesecloth and completely remove ALL moisture. If you do not have access to either of these, place ground zucchini into a hand strainer and firmly press down with a spoon over a sink until all moisture is removed. Add into bowl with turkey.
  4. Finely dice half a yellow onion to produce 1/3 cup. Add into bowl with turkey and zucchini. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Using your hands, form 20 – 24 small golf-ball sized meatballs and evenly space them out on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly browned on the outside.
  6. Removed from oven. Pair with your favorite pasta sauce, pasta, sprinkle some parmesan and a few fresh basil leaves on top.
  • Category: Lunch & Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: healthy Italian meatballs, healthy turkey meatballs, turkey meatballs, Italian turkey meatballs, healthy Italian dinner

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  • Caroline Hold
    Posted at 14:11h, 30 May Reply

    I made these for family last night and they were amazing. Super flavorful and delicious!

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 13:28h, 02 June Reply

      Hi Caroline, thanks for your comment! So happy you and your family enjoyed them!

  • Carolina Carrera-Justiz
    Posted at 20:21h, 28 September Reply

    Loved these turkey meatballs! They’re healthy and so yummy! The zucchini is a nice addition 🙂

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 11:25h, 20 October Reply

      Hi Carolina! Thanks so much; I am so happy you loved this easy recipe!

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