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Sneaky Squash! Healthy and Delicious Baked Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs with Yellow Squash served on beets leaves

This Baked Turkey Meatball recipe is a triple threat: it’s packed with flavor, sneaks in some healthy veggies, and is a breeze to prepare. We’ve replaced some of the bread crumbs with yellow squash, adding a touch of moisture and sweetness without sacrificing that classic meatball texture. Plus, the food processor does most of the work, keeping your hands (relatively) mess-free!

Why This Baked Turkey Meatballs Recipe is a Winner

  • Flavor Explosion: Forget bland meatballs! This recipe uses a combination of NouBess Poultry Seasoning, Dijon Mustard, and NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce to create a flavor profile that will tantalize your taste buds.
  • Healthy Twist: The yellow squash adds a pop of veggies and keeps the meatballs moist, making them a more nutritious option.
  • Easy on the Hands: The food processor does the heavy lifting, mixing all the ingredients together until perfectly combined. No more wrestling with sticky meat mixtures!

Oven Baked for Easy Clean Up

Forget about splattering oil all over the stovetop! Baking these meatballs is a clean and convenient way to cook. Additionally, using a food processor ensures all the ingredients are well combined, creating perfectly moist and flavorful meatballs.

Turkey Meatballs with Squash
Turkey Meatballs with Yellow Squash

Versatility is Key when making Meatballs

These meatballs are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways:

  • Classic Comfort: Serve them over a bed of pasta with your favorite tomato sauce for a heartwarming spaghetti and meatballs dinner.
  • Party Appetizer: Whip up a batch for your next gathering and serve them with a dipping sauce for a crowd-pleasing finger food.
  • Salad Powerhouse: Add them to a salad for a protein-packed and flavorful lunch.

Vegetable Substitutions

Do you love the idea of sneaking in veggies but are not a fan of yellow squash? No problem! Here are some great substitutes that will work just as well:

  • Grated Vegetables: For a similar texture to the yellow squash, try finely grated zucchini, carrots, or mushrooms.
  • Chopped Vegetables: If you don’t mind a bit more texture, finely chopped spinach, bell peppers, or onions are excellent options.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roast some chopped broccoli, cauliflower, or sweet potato until tender and add them to the meatball mixture for an extra flavorful twist.

Freeze and Reheat for Future Meals

This recipe is perfect for meal prepping! Simply double or triple the batch, cook the meatballs according to the instructions and freeze them for later. When you’re ready to enjoy them, follow the reheating tips mentioned in the recipe below.

Looking for that Golden Brown Color?

While these baked meatballs won’t achieve a golden brown crust like pan-fried options, they’ll still be perfectly cooked and bursting with flavor. If you’d prefer a more visual cue of doneness, feel free to sprinkle a touch of paprika or turmeric over the raw meatballs before baking. These spices add a hint of warmth and color without affecting the taste. But remember, even if they aren’t golden brown on their own, simmering them in a rich tomato sauce will transform them into a visually appealing and undeniably delicious dish.

Tips for the Turkey Meatballs Recipe

For Forming The Turkey Meatballs:

  • Wet Hands: Wetting your hands with cold water periodically will help prevent the mixture from sticking and make forming the meatballs easier.
  • Uniform Size: Using a cookie scoop ensures all the meatballs are similar in size, which means even cooking throughout.
  • Light Touch: Handle the meatball mixture gently to avoid them becoming tough.

For Baking Meatballs:

  • Single Layer: Arrange the meatballs in a single layer on the baking sheet to allow for even heat distribution and browning (even though they won’t be golden brown).
  • Flipping Optional: While not necessary, flipping the meatballs halfway through baking can help ensure even cooking, especially if your oven has hot spots.
  • Internal Temperature: No matter the color, the most important indicator of doneness is the internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to check and ensure the centers reach 165°F (74°C).

Other Tips:

  • Preheating: Always preheat your oven for at least 15 minutes before baking to ensure even cooking.
  • Resting: Let the cooked meatballs rest for a few minutes before serving or adding them to your sauce. This allows the juices to be redistributed, resulting in more flavorful and tender meatballs.

Ready to Bake Up a Batch?

This recipe is as easy as it is delicious. With its perfect blend of flavor, healthy additions, and ease of preparation, it’s sure to become a regular in your meal rotation. So grab your ingredients and get ready to experience the perfect meatball!

Here’s the recipe:

Turkey Meatballs with Squash

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Yellow Squash

Sneak veggies into your meals with these easy Baked Turkey Meatballs! Packed with flavor & moisture from yellow squash (or veggie substitutions!), they're perfect for pasta, salads, or appetizers.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 6
Calories 799 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup Panko or Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon Noubess Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • 2 fresh parsley sprigs roughly chopped
  • 1 scallion roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow squash chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°Spray a large rimmed baking sheet generously with cooking spray.
  • Add all ingredients to a bowl of a food processor and use pulsing setting to mix to a few seconds. Increase speed and blend until just combined.
    Turkey Meatballs with Squash
  • Using a 1 1/2-tbsp cookie scoop, form meatballs and place evenly spaced on the greased baking sheet.
    Turkey Meatballs with Squash
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the centers reach 165°F (fully cooked).
    Turkey Meatballs with Squash

Notes

For Forming Meatballs:
  • Wet Hands: Wetting your hands with cold water periodically will help prevent the mixture from sticking and make forming the meatballs easier.
  • Uniform Size: Using a cookie scoop ensures all the meatballs are similar in size, which means even cooking throughout.
  • Light Touch: Handle the meatball mixture gently to avoid them becoming tough.
For Baking Meatballs:
  • Single Layer: Arrange the meatballs in a single layer on the baking sheet to allow for even heat distribution and browning (even though they won’t be golden brown).
  • Flipping Optional: While not necessary, flipping the meatballs halfway through baking can help ensure even cooking, especially if your oven has hot spots.
  • Internal Temperature: No matter the color, the most important indicator of doneness is the internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to check and ensure the centers reach 165°F (74°C).
Other Tips:
  • Preheating: Always preheat your oven for at least 15 minutes before baking to ensure even cooking.
  • Resting: Let the cooked meatballs rest for a few minutes before serving or adding them to your sauce. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in more flavorful and tender meatballs.

Nutrition

Serving: 4gramsCalories: 799kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 125gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 577mgSodium: 676mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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