I found these recipes on one of my FAVORITE new sites, skinnytaste.com. I changed a few things, most specifically, I made the meat mixture in the processor and used a cookie scoop, which meant I didn’t have to dirty my hands. It also made the meatballs completely green in a fabulous way! This would be the perfect meal or snack on St. Patrick’s Day. Best of all, my three year old, who usually has an aversion to all foods green, devoured this meal. Enjoy!
Southwest Turkey Meatballs
- Honeysuckle White – Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, 20 oz. (I’ll use the 93% fat free variety next time. Mine were a tad dry.)
- Jalapeno, 1 pepper, seeded (unless you want it SPICY)
- Garlic – Raw, 2 clove s minced
- Fresh Cilantro, 1/4 cup
- Scallions (includes tops and bulb), 3 large (I suggest slicing before processing)
- Italian Style Bread Crumbs, 1/4 cup
- Eggs – Whites only, 2 large
- Ground Cumin, 1 tsp
- Oregano, 1 tsp
- Pepper, black, 1 dash
Combine garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, scallions, and spices in Bosch Universal Plus Food Processor. Blend well. Add egg whites and meat. Blend. Slowly add bread crumbs until meat mix pulls away from the sides of the processor. I then used a Norpro Stainless Steel Cookie Dough Scoop (a small one would work for smaller meatballs) sprayed with olive oil cooking spray to scoop the meat mix into meatballs and placed them directly onto a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Do NOT over cook. I let them cook an extra two minutes and they were a little too dry, but still tasty. Serve with cilantro lime rice and creamy cilantro tomatillo sauce, or as Hors d’œuvres with dipping sauce. Yum!
MFP nutritional info. I split it into 5 servings of 3 meatballs a piece, each serving has: 161 calories 1 gram of fat 30 grams of protein 151 milligrams of sodium
Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce
- 1% Buttermilk, 1/2 cup
- Olive Oil Mayo, 4 tbsp
- Nonfat Greek Yogurt, 1/4 cup
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded (unless you like it SPICY)
- Fresh Cilantro, 1/4 cup
- Tomatillo, 1 medium
- Garlic clove, 1
- Scallions, 1 large
- Lime juice from 1/2 lime, or about 1 oz
Combine all ingredients in Bosch Blender for Bosch Universal Plus or Bosch Universal Plus Food Processor until smooth.
I said it made 6 servings, each has (according to MFP): 53 calories 4 grams of fat 2 grams of protein 109 milligrams of sodium
This rice was tasty, but next time I will add 1/2 yellow onion, sauteed, for a little more flavor. I didn’t add salt to any of my recipes to keep sodium levels low. If you need some, add it afterward. Or use a salt substitute, like Morton Salt Substitute.
Cilantro Lime Rice
- Long Grain White Rice, 4 cups prepared
- Fresh Cilantro, 3/4 cups
- Lime Juice, 1/4 cup
- Olive Oil, 1 tbsp
Prepare rice in Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer with water and oil. As soon as it’s ready, add chopped cilantro and lime juice. Mix well. Serve.
MFP: 4 servings, each has: 234 calories 4 grams of fat 4 grams of protein 2 milligrams of sodium
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