Italian Turkey Meatballs

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Italian Turkey Meatballs

Blended with sautéed mushrooms, celery and garlic, these tender meatballs have plenty of flavor. Serve them with marinara sauce for a mini-meal or appetizer, on top of spaghetti or on a roll for a tasty meatball sub.

Ingredients

8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 pound lean ground turkey

HAVING A SMALL APPETITE DAY? A one- or two-meatball snack is an easy, yummy protein boost.

Directions

1.Finely chop mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

2.Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

3. Add breadcrumbs, parsley, cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to the cooled vegetables; stir until combined. Add turkey and mix gently to combine (do not overmix). Form into 30 meatballs (a scant 2 tablespoons each) and place on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Bake the meatballs until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 15 minutes.

ACTIVE: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 50 minutes

TO MAKE AHEAD: Freeze baked, cooled meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes.

Nutritional Information

SERVES 6: 5 MEATBALLS EACH

Calories 190, Fat 9g (sat 2g), Cholesterol 46mg, Carbs 10g, Total sugars 2g (added 0g), Protein 19g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 375mg, Potassium 392mg.

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Recipe credit: NOURISH by Eating Well Magazine. Sponsored by Taiho Oncology.

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