Recipe: Chia Turkey Meatballs

Give traditional meatballs a boost of fiber and omega-3s

Recipe: Chia Turkey Meatballs

Whip up these protein- and nutrient-rich meatballs and serve over grain-free pasta with marinara sauce. Add a mixed green salad and you’ve got an easy, filling, classic meal.

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Ingredients

¼ cup black chia seeds
½ cup chicken stock
1 pound ground turkey breast (all white meat)
¾ cup whole wheat panko
½ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons basil-infused extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1½ teaspoons garlic salt
1 medium-size shallot, chopped
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the chia seeds and chicken stock in a large bowl; set aside and allow the chia seeds to swell for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix well, using your hands. Scoop or roll the meat mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter.
  4. Place the meatballs in a shallow baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked in the middle.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Nutrition information

Makes 4 servings

Per serving

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Calories: 387
Total fat: 18.3g
Saturated fat: 3.2g
Trans fat: .02g
Cholesterol: 76.4mg
Sodium: 506mg
Total Carbohydrate: 21.5g
Fiber: 7.7g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 36.3g

Contributors: Digestive Disease Health Team Dietitians

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