Baked Turkey Meatballs

Baked Turkey Meatballs

When I don’t know what to make for dinner this is my favorite go-to.  They’re fairly low fat, filling, and everyone seems to love them!  An added bonus to this one is that I can stick them in the oven and leave them there until they’re finished-no splattering on the stove with tiny people running around the kitchen while I worry about them burning on the stove while I wipe a nose or get a snack for the millionth time.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (+ extra for rolling meatballs in bread crumbs)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.
  2. Mix all ingredients in mixing bowl.  Roll mixture into ball (approximately 1 inch in diameter to ensure they bake thoroughly), roll in extra breadcrumbs, and place on baking sheet.
  3. Bake 35 minutes or until meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Serve with pasta or desired side.

I take a few shortcuts with this recipe that make my life so much easier.  I use jarred minced garlic instead of fresh.  If you have time to peel and mince garlic when you come home from work with a child and an infant, you’re my hero, please teach me your ways.  I also substitute frozen chopped onion for fresh chopped onion because… onions make me cry.  I also usually use whatever lean meat I have on hand.  I normally have turkey, but when I don’t I use very lean ground beef and they are just as delicious!

Hope you enjoy this simple one!

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