Skinny Turkey Meatballs with Wild Blueberry BBQ Sauce

If you love delicious, fatty food but hate the calories, these skinny turkey meatballs are for you! They’ve got all of the flavor but at only 59 calories each, including the sauce, they’re guilt-free.  They’re wonderfully satisfying and an indulgent-feeling comfort food, but they also make a great appetizer and a perfect party pleaser!  Enjoy!

Psst… they’re made with Wild Blueberries— little nutrient powerhouses that contain double the antioxidants of conventional blueberries!  (Want more Wild Blueberries in your life? Use them in these recipes:Lemon Wild Blueberry Mini Tarts , White Chocolate Drizzled Wild Blueberry Granola Balls (No Bake!)  Baked Tilapia with Wild Blueberry and Apple Chipotle Chutney Blueberry-Lemon Morning Detox Smoothie

 

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Skinny Turkey Meatballs with Wild Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Makes approximately 32 meatballs

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For the meatballs:
Ingredients:
2 pounds skinless ground turkey breast*
1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries thawed
3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt

*Alternatively you can purchase turkey breast and cut it into ½ inch cubes

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. If using cubed turkey, mix ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the turkey is coarsely chopped (approx. ¼ inch. Do not over process).

Using a tablespoon, scoop out rounded tablespoons (if necessary, use your hands to form the balls) and place on a parchment lined baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. (The meatballs may be a little “soft” and not form perfect balls but that’s fine).
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

For the BBQ Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups frozen Wild Blueberries thawed
1/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup minced ginger
2 cloves garlic
½ medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon pepper

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Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the sauce is fairly smooth.
Pour the sauce into a medium-sized sauce pan, bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until the mixture reduces by a third, from roughly 2 cups to 1-1/3 cups (about 10 minutes).
Let the sauce cool slightly then pour over the meatballs and enjoy.

Nutrition Information(for meatball and sauce): Calories 59; Fat 1g; Saturated Fat 0g; Carbohydrates 8g; Protein 5g; Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 230mg; Fiber 0g

 

Skinny Turkey Meatballs with Wild Blueberry BBQ Sauce
 
Nutrition Information (for meatball and sauce): Calories 59; Fat 1g; Saturated Fat 0g; Carbohydrates 8g; Protein 5g; Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 230mg; Fiber 0g
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer, Side Dish, Party Dish
Ingredients
  • For the meatballs:
  • 2 pounds skinless ground turkey breast*
  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries thawed
  • ¾ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • *Alternatively you can purchase turkey breast and cut it into ½ inch cubes
  • For the BBQ sauce:
  • 1¼ cups frozen Wild Blueberries thawed
  • ¼ cup catsup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. If using cubed turkey, mix ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the turkey is coarsely chopped (approx. ¼ inch. Do not over process).
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out rounded tablespoons (if necessary, use your hands to form the balls) and place on a parchment lined baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. (The meatballs may be a little “soft” and not form perfect balls but that’s fine).
  5. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. For the BBQ Sauce:

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