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I've been trying really hard to make healthy lunches this last week, and meatballs have proved a quick, easy, and relatively cheap option.
Served with an abundance of veggies (usually whatever I can find on offer after work!) they are tasty and very versatile - you can mix them up with all sorts of spices!
Looking for a variation on beef meatballs, I decided to try making a healtheir option with some lean turkey breast mince.
According to Personal Trainer Steve (the BF), turkey is one of best meats because it's high in protein and low in fat.
Which is good news all round then!
I find turkey mince can be quite bland, so I decided to add some spices, garlic and shallots to improve the flavour, and they turned out pretty well.
To get some good fats in, I also added some flaxseed, which (says PT Steve) is full of fibre which is great for your digestion (very important for those with coeliac disease or food intolerances) and rich in Omega 3s.
Finally, I decided to have a go at baking these instead of frying, which meant they didn't crumble and fall apart in the pan like usual.
So, for a super healthy alternative to your bulk standard meatball, here's my quick and easy lunchtime recipe!
Healthy turkey meatballs
500g lean turkey breast mince
3 small shallots, chopped very finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp Schwartz thai 7 spice mix (or similar, depending on what flavour you fancy)
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 small egg
1 tbsp flaxseed
- Preheat the oven to 190'C/Gas 5
- Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well with your hands
- Shape the mixture into 9, medium sized meatballs (or more smaller ones)
- Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on size)
- If you're not sure if they're cooked - cut one of the larger ones in half with a knife and check.
I will probably mix mine with salad and some raw veg this week - how will you eat yours? Comment below and let me know!
Those look GREAT. Def makin them this week!
Sarah Howells (GF Blogger)
Thanks, they worked out quite well, and cheap too!