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Sneaky Turkey Meatballs

Like most kids, mine refuse to eat certain veggies. In order to feed them healthy foods, I have to be sneaky sometimes. The veggies give these meatballs a pleasing texture while providing valuable nutrients—and I'm happy to say my kids love 'em. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/4 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch or cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Optional: Barbecue sauce and fresh basil leaves


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place cauliflower in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cabbage, potato starch, vinegar, salt, basil and pepper.
  • Add turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly. With an ice cream scoop or with wet hands, shape into 1 1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-24 minutes or until cooked through. If desired, toss with barbecue sauce and top with basil.
Nutrition Facts
2 meatballs: 125 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 370mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 medium-fat meat.


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  • Tortizzle
    Apr 3, 2020

    This recipe is great. I make it for my elderly Mom so that I can sneak in some veggies. She loves them. I substitute an egg instead of the potato starch so that I can give her more protein.

  • sgronholz
    Feb 11, 2020

    This recipe is awesome! I substituted ground chicken for the turkey and shredded carrots for the cabbage. A new favorite and something I can't wait to make again!

  • Butcher2boy
    Jul 14, 2019

    Interesting dish. I used our homegrown grass fed Black Angus. This was a GREAT way to sneak in veggies even for a finicky eating husband.