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Mom's Turkey Meatballs: A Holistic Nutritionist's Recipe

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

When I got married I had no idea how to cook. I clearly remember going to my mom's, sitting on the living room floor and asking her how to make meatballs.  Here's a Holistic Nutritionist's twist to her tried n' true recipe.

In a large bowl mix a lb ground turkey, 1 small diced onion, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, a shake or 2 of hot sauce, 1 TBSP of dried oregano or Italian seasoning.  Mix well together and roll into desired size balls. Keep in mind, the smaller the balls the quicker they bake. 

Here is where my mom will heat a frying pan and sear the outsides of the meatballs before putting them in the oven. She will add a bit of water to the pan once this is done, to gather all the bits that stuck to it. This liquid gets poured over the meatballs once they are in a baking dish. I sometimes do this, based on how much time I have to getting dinner ready. If I don't do this, I just lay the rolled balls into a baking dish.

Place your covered baking dish in a 375*F oven for about 20-40 minutes....depending on the size of your meatballs. 

If you do it my mom's way the meatballs should not stick together. If you do it mine, they likely will a bit. This never really seems to matter because they get eaten up pretty quick! Meatballs are not only fun and easy to make, they are easy to pack for a quick lunch option as well. Turkey is a great source of protein, and helps your body build and repair everything from your nails to your muscles. We need to ensure that we get ample protein, especially when exercise is a part of your life. Like reading healthy recipes like this? Join my VIP Email Club and be the first to know when I publish a new one! JOIN HERE. Happy Cooking!


Shirley Van Egmond wearing athletic clothing and standing in front of a brick wall. Niagara on the Lake Personal Trainer and Holistic nutrition coach, Owner of Succeed With Shirley

Shirley Van Egmond

Personal Fitness Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Helping women over 40 get strong and healthy bodies so they can live their best life!

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