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Healthy Turkey Swedish Meatballs

These Healthy Turkey Swedish Meatballs are savory, delicious, and easy to make. Served in a creamy sauce that's heavenly, the entire family will love this meal!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 281kcal

Ingredients

Turkey Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 slice bread toasted
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas canned or cooked
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Swedish Meatball Sauce

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup almond flour or flour of choice
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 cups beef broth

Instructions

  • Lightly toast the bread and break into small pieces.
  • Mash the chickpeas in a food processor or with a fork.
  • Combine the bread, chickpeas, turkey, egg, nutmeg, allspice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix together and roll into meatballs (makes about 16-18 meatballs).
  • In a saucepan, add the olive oil and cook the meatballs over medium heat (covered) for about 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked (rotating every 5-7 minutes).
  • Remove the meatballs and set aside. 
  • Place the butter in the same saucepan and melt over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the almond flour until a "paste" is formed.
  • Immediately add in the yogurt and broth, then whisk until smooth.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and allow to simmer (whisking continuously) for about 7-10 minutes (or until sauce begins to reduce and thicken).
  • Remove from heat and allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Add in the meatballs, coating each one with the sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy or freeze for later!

Notes

Ingredients
  • Feel free to use lower-carb bread or gluten-free bread!
  • Make sure that the almond flour is super finely-ground for the best sauce consistency.
Cooking the meatballs
  • Keep the meatballs from sticking to your hands by adding a little bit of olive oil on your hands before starting!
The sauce
  • To keep the sauce from getting too thick, be sure to keep from over-simmering or from simmering for too long. The sauce will also thicken as it cools!
  • Too thick? Add more broth (1/4 cup at a time) while the sauce is still cooking and whisk!
  • Too thin? Add in an extra 2 Tbsp of flour (up to 1/4 cup) while the sauce is still cooking and whisk while simmering a couple of minutes longer.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg