Combine meatballs with roughly chopped mushrooms to get a beautifully blended meatball. The recommended ratio is 1:1 but you can play with ratio to make it however you like. The mushrooms compliment the nutrition content of the ground turkey and help keep the calories of the meatballs in check. Besides being around 20 calories per 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, it also contains a ton of nutrients like folate, thiamin, vitamin B6, iron, and zinc.
Skill level: Beginner
Start to Finish: 50 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
For the meatballs
½ lb cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped (stems removed)
1 cup All-Bran Original cereal
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
For the sauce and garnish
¼ cup hoisin sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tablespoons apple butter
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Green onions, thinly sliced
For the meatballs:
1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
2. Using a food processor, pulse the mushrooms until they reach a ground meat-like consistency. Transfer to a bowl.
3. Add the All-Bran to the food processor and process until it reaches a powder. Add to the bowl.
4. Mix in the turkey, egg, garlic, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, cilantro, green onions, salt and pepper. Roll into 24 balls and place on the baking sheet.
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside, and fully cooked on the inside.
For the sauce and garnish:
1. In a large sauce pan, combine the hoisin sauce, vinegar, apple sauce, apple butter, soy sauce and sesame oil and simmer over medium low heat until fully combined and thick.
1. Once the meatballs are cooked, add them to the pan with the sauce and toss until well coated.
2. Garnish with crushed peanuts, sesame seeds and sliced green onion, if desired.
Nutrition Information (per serving, without optional garnishes)
Calories: 59; Total Fat: 2 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams; Protein: 5 grams: Carbohydrates: 6 grams; Sugar: 3 grams; Fiber: 1 gram; Cholesterol: 20 milligrams; Sodium: 124 milligrams
Recipe and photo by Abbey Sharp, RD of Abbey’s Kitchen.
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