Sweet Heat Turkey Meatballs

All I can say about these is WOW!

All that research paid off this weekend. I came across a recipe for turkey meatballs that I wanted to try but some of the ingredients weren’t ‘challenge’ friendly so I tweaked the recipe to my needs and hoped for the best lol.

Turns out they were fantastic, just enough blend of sweet and heat for me (I am a bit of wimp lol) but are easily adjusted by simply adding more hot sauce to the recipe OR to the meatballs after they have been sauced.

The following recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and soy free! (It’s also free of artificial sugars)

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (I use Frank’s)
  • 3 Tbsp. of coconut aminos (also labeled as coconut nectar all-purpose seasoning)**
  • 3 Tbsp of organic honey (regular honey will do as well)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 tsp. of toasted sesame oil

*Instead of buying almond flour, I just threw some whole almonds into the blender and blended until it reached a powdery consistency but make sure you check frequently as the mixture can turn milky if you blend too much.

**You can usually find coconut aminos or all-purpose seasoning in the health food section of your local grocery store. The Bulk Barn carries it as well and it’s located near the nut butter bins.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, almond flour (or crushed almonds), eggs, garlic powder, and salt & pepper. Mix with hands until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1¹⁄ ²-inch balls and place spaced apart about an inch or so on prepared baking sheets lightly greased or sprayed with coconut oil. (If you’re like me and you use a baking stone such as Pampered Chef’s bar pan, then skip the spray as it’s not needed). The recipe should yield about 40 meatballs
  3. Bake meatballs for 25-35 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, combine all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat, whisking continuously. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes (the sauce will start to thicken) then toss with the meatballs.
  5. Serve over brown long grain rice and enjoy!

Estimated Nutritional Value:

1 serving=5 meatballs. Calories=293. Fat=8.6g. Saturated Fat=1.3g. Carbs=31.2g. Fiber=3.9g. Sugars=11.1g. Protien=25.7g

Disclaimer** the plain meatballs in the picture are due to my daughter requesting her’s sauce free, NOT because there wasn’t enough sauce

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