Turkey Florentine Meatballs

Supah Meatballs!

I normally steer clear of processed foods like breadcrumbs. Most often I will replace them with ground oats and seasoning and you can do that too. I just decided that for this week I was ok with a half cup spread across 8 servings. YMMV. If you want, grind some oats and mix with basil, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder and maybe some red pepper flake.

Ground turkey breast can be really dry and, although I eat it all the time, I wouldn’t normally serve it to guests. If I were having company for dinner I would opt for a 93% lean turkey. In this recipe, however, the ricotta (go for the fat free and save the calories, you won’t taste the difference!) and the spinach do an amazing job of keeping the meatballs moist and tender (also, be sure not to overcook! It’s turkey, of course, so you can’t have a pink center but remove from the oven as soon as they’re cooked through.)

I would confidently serve these to guests. If you make these please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Turkey Florentine Meatballs

20 oz 99% lean ground turkey breast
1 cup fat free Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry of liquid
salt, pepper, red pepper flake to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all ingredients, form into 16 meatballs and place on a cookie sheet that’s been covered in foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 18 minutes or until cooked through.

Makes 8 servings, each:

149 calories
3 g fat
8.8 g carb
22 g protein


1 Response to “Turkey Florentine Meatballs”

  1. 1 Charr May 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Do not eat wheat so I am trying it with oat bran and will let you know how that works.


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