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Zucchini Turkey Meatballs

A healthy version of the traditional meatballs. These turkey meatballs are served great over spaghetti squash instead of using pasta.

Course #dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword #groundturkey, #healthy, #kidfriendly, #lowcarb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 180 kcal
Author The Real Food Dietitians


Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini bag from trader joes
  • 1 tsp dried italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bunch parsley

Spaghetti Squash

  • 1-2 lbs cubbed spaghetti squash Bags from trader joes

Marinara Sauce

  • 1 jar marinara sauce


Turkey Meatballs

  1. Start with preheating oven to 400. You will need a rimmed cookie sheet and it is best to line it with parchment paper and set it aside.

  2. Gather all the ingredients for the turkey meatballs: ground turkey, shredded zucchini, italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, salt & pepper.

  3. Chop up the shredded zucchini

  4. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using your hands.

  5. The meatball mixture will make 12. After all the ingredients are combined roll them up to form ball-sized meatballs. Put them on a lined baking sheet.

  6. Bake the turkey meatballs for 16-18 minutes until cooked all the way through.

Spaghetti Squash

  1. Get out the bagged ready to use spaghetti squash from Trader Joes. Steam bag for 3 minutes at a time until the squash is the right amount tender to shred it.

  2. Shred the squash to use in place of pasta

Marina Sauce

  1. Heat up marina sauce in a large pan.

  2. Add in the meatballs to the pan after they finished cooking in the oven.

  3. Cook the meatballs in the sauce for 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add 3 meatballs for one serving over the cooked spaghetti squash. Add 1-2 meatballs for a kid serving. Add so parsley on top and serve.

Recipe Notes

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**Tip: You can double this recipe to freeze some of the meatballs to use for later.  Bake all the meatballs according to the recipe and the ones you want to freeze, let them cool first before freezing.