If you ask anyone in my house what their favorite meal is, meatballs are sure to come up! These delicious and healthy turkey meatballs are packed with flavor, nutrition, and topped with a delicious Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce.
I have a confession until I created this delicious and healthy Greek turkey meatball recipe, I was not the biggest fan of turkey meatballs. I find turkey needs to have a lot of great flavors or they can taste bland and boring.
This delicious Greek turkey meatball recipe is so fresh tasting and healthy it just might be part of my weekly meal prep. Why? Because not only does my family love it, but it keeps me on track with my nutrition goals as well. Any meal that saves me time and meets all our nutrition goals becomes a regular in our house!
I like to cook my meatballs in the oven. It’s one less thing I have to worry about and saves time so I can whip up a salad or quick side while they are cooking. I love using my oversized baking sheets and cooking the meatballs on these mats.
A healthy nutritional boost
I increased the nutritional value of these meatballs by adding shredded zucchini. Not only does it help to keep the meatballs moist, but zucchini is loaded with Vitamin A and is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you have littles that cringe at anything green you can also peel the skin off before grating.
If you don’t have any zucchini on hand, you can easily substitute zucchini for fresh spinach. I have done this on numerous occasions when I didn’t have any zucchini left and it works perfectly. My suggestion would be to chop up the spinach into fine pieces so you don’t get big chunks.
You can also swap out peppers for flavour as well. I have also tried this and it works well and the peppers add a nice flavour. The addition of fresh herbs is also necessary to get a fresh flavourful meatball.
Variety is key
I love finding recipes that are a great base for a variety of different meals. This way, I can rotate through staple recipes and ingredients but have 5-6 different ways to make it. This recipe is one of those that can be prepared in a variety of ways, and it is an excellent meal prep recipe if you are staying on track with your fitness goals!
Our favourite ways to eat healthy greek turkey meatballs:
- Plain and toped with my healthy homemade tzatziki
- Serve with a sugar-free marinara sauce for a classic taste
- Make a delicious and healthy meatball sub that’s low in fat
- Serve with Eggs for a quick and nourishing breakfast
- Add veggies, tzatziki, and a pita and you have a fast meal on the fly
- Combine sugar-free pasta sauce, cooked noodles of choice, and meatball and bake in the oven for a delicious casserole
- These healthy greek meatballs make perfect finger foods for babies/toddlers as well
When making these Greek turkey meatballs try doubling (or tripling) the recipe and freezing half for another dinner. Save yourself the time and effort and create two meals at once! That is one of my biggest cooking hacks for parents that will fill your freezer with meals you love in no time!
Delicious and Healthy Greek Turkey Meatballs
- 1 1/4 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/2 onion, chopped finely or blitzed in mini food processor
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp fresh basil (or dried)
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cup panko (gluten-free)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a mini food processor (or you can chop finely) combine onion, garlic and fresh herbs and pulse until combined and uniform, about 10 pulses.
- Shred zucchini on fine side of grater or in food processor. Using paper towel or cotton towel squeeze out extra moisture.
- In a large bowl add turkey, egg, panko, salt and pepper. Add herb and onion mixture and zucchini and mix thoroughly with your hands until combined. Form golf ball sized meatballs and line on large baking try lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 12 minutes and then adjust oven to broil. Turn to 500 and broil for an additional 3-5 mintues or until the tops are browned and the meatballs are cooked through.
- Serve with healthy greek yogurt tzaziki sause and a tiny bit of feta if desired.