Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Turkey-Quinoa-Kale Meatballs

Who doesn't love spaghetti and meatballs? It feels just like sitting around the family dinner table again, telling stories and sharing jokes. However, the saturated fat in traditional beef meatballs coupled with the gluten in enriched white pasta can quickly turn this comfort food into an uncomfortable diet buster. There's good news though! You don't have to give it up altogether. Making a few ingredient swaps can make this classic a healthy and satisfying no-guilt treat.

Turkey-Quinoa-Kale Meatballs
Serves 6-8

1 pound lean ground turkey
2 cups chopped kale
1 whole egg
1/2 chopped red onion
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix together until thoroughly combined. Your hands are your best tool here! Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Makes 14-16 meatballs.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 218
Carbs: 10
Protein: 21
Fat: 10

Serve over gluten free or veggie pasta. For an even lower calorie option, serve these tasty meatballs over baked spaghetti squash with marinara and low fat parmesan cheese. Share it with your friends and family and toast to guilt free comfort food!


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