Spaghetti is one of those meals that makes everyone in my family happy. It really is one meal where I get zero complaints. What I find interesting is, when I say I’m making meatballs they are always so much more excited about dinner. What is it about a meatball that is better than meat sauce? According to my son, you get more meat. Spoken like a true carnivore. I don’t think I’ll ever convert that guy into a vegetarian.
I’ve never been a fan of ground beef, so I always use ground turkey. I prefer it for its lighter taste and texture. Now turkey can be lower in fat than ground beef, but you have to be sure to choose lean. Some ground turkey can actually have just as much saturated fat as ground beef.
Ground Turkey Nutrition
Fat 7 g
Potassium 181 mg
Niacin 5 mg
Vitamin A 62 IU
Vitamin D 12 IU
Fat and Cholesterol
The American Heart Association recommends keeping your fat intake between 20-35% of your total daily calories. You should also keep your saturated fat intake to less than 7% of your total calories. Avoid trans-fat when possible and/or limit it to less than 1% of your calories. You should also limit your cholesterol intake to less than 200mg per day. I’m a big fan of plant stanols/sterols. These can help reduce our bodies absorption of cholesterol, which can reduce your blood cholesterol levels. You can find these in spreads like Smart Balance and Take Control.
Using ground turkey in place of ground beef can help reduce your red meat consumption and is lower in cholesterol. I find that ground turkey is extremely versatile and can replace ground beef in most recipes. I like to wear gloves when handling raw meat to avoid contamination and it is less messy I think it is easiest to use a tablespoon scoop to portion my meatballs. Lastly, be certain to cook ground turkey to 165 degrees F.
- ½ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup tomato sauce
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven 400 degrees.
- Grind oats in a food processor into a fine meal
- In a large bowl combine all ingredients in a bowl; stir well.
- Shape into meatballs.
- Place on a pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until done (165 F)
I love Baked Turkey Meatballs!! I have been making these for years and am always pleased with their taste and texture. These are a delicious alternative to traditional meatballs. To make them healthier, I bake instead of fry and I use ground oatmeal instead of bread crumbs in my recipe. Using oatmeal instead of bread crumbs gives me another chance to get some good soluble fiber into our diet.