Spaghetti and meatballs is such a simple, classic dish. It’s quick and easy and a favorite among many people. The only problem is that it’s not exactly the ideal choice when you’re trying to eat light. Now, I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation – life is too short to deprive yourself of good food! That being said, sometimes I like to adapt the traditional version of this meal by replacing the pasta with spaghetti squash (so yummy!) and using healthy turkey meatballs instead of ground beef. I find that beef tends to be greasier and heavier, even if using extra lean. The healthy turkey meatballs are just as juicy and delicious but easier to digest and lighter… so you can almost rationalize adding a couple of more on your plate.
Healthy Turkey MeatballsPrint Recipe
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 large or 2 small shallots, diced (see note)
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- 1/2 tablespoon red pepper powder
- salt and pepper
- 1 egg
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. In an electric mixer on the lowest setting or by hand, mix ground turkey with the remaining ingredients until combined.
3. Using an ice cream scoop, roll into balls by hand and place on baking trays lined with parchment paper.
4. Cook for 30-35 minutes or until the thermometer reads 165°F.
- You can use 1/2 onion if you don’t have any shallots.
- This recipe is easy to double and freezes well, so you can make a whole batch ahead of time and take out individual portions on busy weeknights.