Looking for a protein-packed recipe idea that is not only paleo but gluten-free and keto!? Then look no further than The Swole Kitchen’s quick and easy baked turkey meatballs. Did we mention they’re super easy to prep, pack, and even freeze? Unlike lots of other meatball recipes out there on the internet or available in the stores, these turkey meatballs aren’t made with any breadcrumbs or refined flours. They’re slightly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside.
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How To Make Baked Turkey Meatballs
Making this recipe is so easy it may become a staple go-to for your busy weeks. They’re a nice way to stay on track while feeling like you’re not missing out on something delightful and savory. A few tips on making your baked turkey meatballs all starts with the way you mix together the ingredients.
We recommend mixing all of the powder ingredients together so that they’re evenly dispersed before adding them to the wet ingredients and the turkey. Make sure not to over-mix the ingredients — you’ll want everything to be evenly incorporated, but you definitely don’t want your mix to be mushy. Using your hands (so as long as you’ve scrubbed them clean!) is the easiest way to get the texture you desire.
When The Baked Turkey Meatballs Are Completely Cooked
The easiest way to know when your keto baked turkey meatballs are done is by sticking a meat thermometer in them and it reads back 160 degrees F. The centers can be slightly pink, but the juice should run clear from the meatball. Try not to bake them too long though, as this will cause them to dry out.
Things to avoid:
- Not using 93% lean turkey
- Forgetting the eggs
Quick and Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs Recipe (Paleo, Keto, and Gluten-Free)
Serving Size: 16 meatballs
- 2 pounds 93% lean Ground Turkey (not 99%!!)
- 2 medium Eggs (can sub eggs w/ 2 tbsp tomato paste)
- 1 cup Almond Flour/Meal
- 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
- 2/3 cup Chopped (finely) Parsley
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 3/4 tsp Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper
- In a large bowl, place turkey, egg, and garlic
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the almond flour, onion powder, sea salt, and black pepper
- Mix together all ingredients, including the parsley
- Shape into equal size balls (~2 tbsp each)
- Arrange on the baking sheet and bake for 16-20 minutes
How To Store Paleo Baked Turkey Meatballs
Feel free to store these scrumptious little meatballs in an airtight container in either the refrigerator or the freezer. They can last 3-5 days in the fridge or up to 4 months in the freezer. If you are going to put them in the freezer, we recommend freezing them individually on the baking sheet, then put them in an airtight container or freezer bag, so that they’re not all stuck together when you unfreeze them.
Sides For Baked Turkey Meatballs
This is where it really gets exciting! You can really never get bored with these meatballs, as they’re as versatile as it gets. Experiment with different vegetables and sauces and you won’t get bored, we promise! We listed a few of our favorite combos below:
- Baked Turkey Meatballs, Zucchini & Squash Noodles with a Baked Sweet Potato
- Baked Turkey Meatballs over Spaghetti w/ ground Zucchini & Mushrooms in the Sauce
- Baked Turkey Meatballs w/ Herbed Gravy over Mashed Potatoes with Steamed Carrots and Broccoli
- Baked Turkey Meatballs Gyro’s with Tzatziki Sauce
- Baked Turkey Meatballs with Pesto, Spinach, and Ricotta Tortelloni
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