Healthy Turkey Meatball Recipe

2013-05-24_15-51-24_101I was in search of a tasty and healthy meatball recipe today but nothing stood out from the various online searches. I decided to make up a new recipe and it’s delicious! So excited.

I used ground turkey 85%. The secret to these is that I used a half can of Campbell’s 98% fat free Cream of Mushroom soup which took this lean meat and added moisture I rarely get when I make turkey meatballs. The other special ingredient was a cup of 4c Salt-free Seasoned Breadcrumbs.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2013-05-24_15-03-47_867Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

20 oz lean ground turkey,

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 can of Campbell’s 98% fat free Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 egg

1 cup 4C Salt Free Seasoned bread crumbs

Roll into one inch meatballs. Keep in mind that after I rolled them in balls and tried to fry them in Pam they fell apart. So I ended up with half a batch of delicious ground stuff (which I ate on lettuce leaves with tomato sauce). For the rest of them-which IS RECOMMENDED, bake them on a non stick cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes on each side.

I plugged the ingredients into an app on (an AWESOME website and phone app) and received the information below. Based on 6 servings, it’s 278 calories per serving. It makes 40 meatballs.

Ingredients Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
4c – Salt Free Seasoned Bread Crumbs 30 g, 90 g 330 69 3 9 2 6 Ico_delete
Egg Warning. This Does Not List Carbs – 1 Large, 1 egg 74 0 5 6 70 0 Ico_delete
Jennie-O Ground Turkey – Fresh Ground Turkey (85% Lean / 15% Fat), 20 oz 1,100 0 85 95 475 0 Ico_delete
Campbell’s – 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup , 1 container (1 3/10 cups ea.) 150 23 6 3 1,875 0 Ico_delete
Walmart Great Value – Minced Garlic (Correct), 5 g (1 tsp.) 5 1 0 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Spices – Oregano, dried, 1 tsp, leaves 3 1 0 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Spices – Basil, dried, 1 tsp, leaves 2 0 0 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Spices – Pepper, black, 0.5 tsp 3 1 0 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Add Ingredient
Total: 1,667 95 99 113 2,422 6
Per Serving: 278 16 17 19 404 1

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Apologizing to the Little Fat Kid Inside

Maybe it’s the lack of sleep, but today I woke up with a new perspective on my eating and life habits. I suddenly thought of the unhealthy side of me as a separate person. As a little fat kid who wants to be healthy but I just won’t let her.

Some typical conversations came to mind:

Chubby Me: Please can we go out for a walk? You promised when the warm weather came we’d walk. My legs are getting yucky and flubbery.

Bad Me: Not now, here let’s sit on the couch and write. I made cookies for us.

Chubby Me: Can we have a salad? When we were on the Atkins kick and ate only veggies and meat, I felt great. My confidence came back and I had a lot of energy.

Bad Me: I’m too tired to make all that stuff. Let’s just eat Ramen noodles or a potato chip sandwich. Here’s an espresso. That will give you energy.

Chubby Me: Can we go to the gym? Last year I was starting to feel good about myself but then you said we couldn’t go anymore.

Bad Me: No. Now I’m too self-conscious to go there. We’ll just go for long walks. It’s just as good.

Chubby Me: When? We never go anywhere and I’m getting fatter. I want to be pretty again, like that girl in the picture from before.

Bad Me: Let’s just sit on the couch and write. Tomorrow we’ll go for a walk and exercise and eat healthy. Come on, let’s make brownies. It’ll stave off the insecurity and loneliness.

Chubby Me: Okay. But really tomorrow, you have to take me out. My heart is beating funny and I’m of breath. My clothes hurt my tummy.

And that’s when I look at Chubby Me and realize how much I’ve neglected and disappointed her. Why do I keep her chained up, under-exercised and overfed when clearly she doesn’t like being that way? She’s got confidence and wants to breathe fresh air and hike and listen to her iPod while she exercises. She insists that if we keep doing this, we really could hurt our bodies and reach a point where there’s no going back. She’s right.

I’m not going to launch into another promise to eat healthy and exercise but I really ought to, for her. For Chubby Me. For  Pretty Me who is hiding underneath, trapped there against her will.

Sorry Body. I promise to start treating you better.

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