Whole30 Turkey Meatballs

I wanted to have something different tonight, but it needed to be low carb! I knew that zoodles were great subs for pasta, but I wanted to explore whether I could make a meatball that was Whole30! I mean, how do you make a meatball without breadcrumbs!? Would they still be moist? I searched the web and found a few recipes that I combined to make these juicy beauties. The secret...applesauce...Sounds weird. I know, but trust me! Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp Indian 5 spice (optional)
  • 1⁄4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
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Directions

  1. Mix ground turkey with all ingredients except the olive oil (if you have time, allow the meat and spices to marinate for 30 minutes)

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  3. Use an ice cream scoop to form balls (I got 10)

  4. Heat olive oil in an oven safe skillet (medium heat)

  5. Brown meatballs on all sides (~4 minutes - 1 minute per side)

  6. Place pan with meatballs in oven and cook for 10 minutes

I put my favorite tomato basil sauce in the pan with the meatballs and allowed it to simmer for 5 minutes. I served these on a bed of zoodles, which were sautéed for 2 minutes with garlic olive oil, salt and pepper. If you are not on Whole30, top this with grated parmesan cheese.