Lightened Up Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

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Jane Whittaker

By
@janenov46

This won grand prize in that's Amore contest for Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking magazine.
This will appear in the Aug/Sept issue, and there will be a mini write up on me also.
This week I received a surprise from the folks at Taste of Home's healthy cooking a complimentary copy of the annual recipes in hardcover. This recipe is on the cover.
Basically it is a recipe for meatballs that are lightend up by using ground turkey and baking the meatballs instead of frying.
They changed it bc of sodium perimiters to 1 can of tomato sauce, I would never do it that way.

Rating:

★★★★★ 6 votes

Comments:
Serves:
12 to 15
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
6 Hr
Method:
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground turkey
  • 1/2 c
    italian bread crumbs
  • 1
    equivelent to one egg subsitute
  • 1/3 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp
    sea salt, or salt subsitute to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • ·
    sauce:
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 1 medium
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small
    zuchinni, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 14 1/2 oz
    can diced tomatoes
  • 90 oz
    six 15 ounce cans tomato sauce, i like hunts
  • 6 oz
    can tomato puree
  • 2 medium
    bay leaves
  • 1 tsp
    each dried oregano and sweet sweet basil
  • 1/4 tsp
    crushed red pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp
    dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp
    each salt or salt subsitute and pepper, or to taste

How to Make Lightened Up Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

Step-by-Step

  1. Pre heat oven to 350°
  2. Combine all meat ball ingredients.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil (no cleanup).
  4. Make meatballs as large as you like them I like mine on the small side, about 1 inches around.
  5. Bakefor 25 to 30 minutes, until browned, turning a few times. They will finish up cooking in the sauce.
  6. While meatballs are browning, chop all your veggies, and line the slow cooker with a disposable liner.
  7. Put veggies in the slowcooker and all the rest of the sauce ingredients, stir to combine.
  8. Add the meatballs and turn cooker on low. Cover and cook for 6 hours.
  9. Nice served over spaghetti, and with a salad an garlic bread.

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About Lightened Up Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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