Kung Pao Turkey Meatballs
When it comes to eating healthy I love coming up with new recipes that make me feel full and satisfied without actually feeling like I’m on a diet…
Meatballs!! I know, you’re probably thinking, “Again!“… But you know what – I’m actually loving all the meatball recipes. They are healthy, flavorful and super easy to make (the three best things in a recipe.)
Oh, and I get lots of leftovers! (Gotta love that…)
These kung pao turkey meatballs are a great healthy meal full of flavor. They will mix up those boring weekly meals and may even become a new family favorite.
This is a no-fail method of cooking these meatballs and you can just add different flavors and sauces to come up with a completely different dish. So be prepared for a few more of these coming your way 🙂
Life’s too short to have boring and bland meals so give these a try. Stay on track with whatever your goals are and enjoy!
For the meatballs:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup crushed pineapple
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. ginger
2 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
For the sauce:
1 bottle (16.75 oz) kung pao sauce (I used the Panda Express one that you can find in most major grocery stores)
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
3/4 cup water
- To make the meatballs, in a large bowl add turkey, egg, panko, 1/4 cup pineapple, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, green onions, salt and pepper.
- Using your hands, mix until fully combined (try not to over mix).
- Make the meatballs by rolling into golf ball size pieces and place on a foil-lined baking sheet (sprayed with cooking spray). This recipe should make around 20-25 (mine made 25). Place baking sheet in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- In the crockpot (sprayed with cooking spray), pour bottle of sauce, 1/2 cup pineapple, and water and whisk together.
- Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high.
- When the pan is heated, place 4-6 meatballs in the pan and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side (this will lock in the moisture and prevent them from crumbling).
- Once all the meatballs are seared, place them in the crockpot and set on LOW for 6-7 hours. Once they are done, you can place the meatballs and sauce on a bed of rice.
Serving Size: 1 meatball w/ sauce approx.
Servings: 25 meatballs w/ sauce approx.
Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 5 g
Sodium: 470 mg
Protein: 4 g