Thursday, September 27, 2012

Healthy Baked Turkey and Chickpea Meatballs

This isn't your average meatball!!  This meatball is packed with protein and is good for you!!

Last night I was craving pasta which is rare for me because it typically isn't something that I crave.  Therefore, I wanted to create something that satisfied my craving but wasn't too heavy.  I went through my kitchen and remembered that I had leftover turkey meat and then came across a bag of chickpeas and thought to myself, this could work!

You can use canned chickpeas for this recipe if you'd like but I suggest you buy a bag of the dried chickpeas and cook them, it is so easy and a healthier option.
Healthy Baked Turkey and Chickpea Meatballs


15 ounces chickpeas - click HERE for a quick & easy way to cook them in a Crockpot
1/2 pound ground turkey 
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs  - click HERE for tips to make your own
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon cumin 
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

In a large mixing bowl, measure out 15 ounces of chickpeas (if you are using canned, make sure you drain and rinse them).  Place the chickpeas in the bowl and mash them up.
Next add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Roll the mixture into golf ball size meatballs.  I ended up with 16 meatballs. 
Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Line the meatballs up.
Place in preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes, turning them over halfway through.

TIP: Set your timer for 10 minutes, flip the meatballs and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes. 

If you end up with more than you end up eating, these meatballs freeze very well!

Here are some great ideas for serving Meatballs:

Meatball Sandwiches (cooked meatballs in a hoagie roll with a tomato based sauce and mozzarella cheese)

Served on top of pasta with pasta sauce

Used as the main filling in calzones (wrapped in a pizza-type dough and baked)

Placed on a skewer before or after baking (fun for the kids)

Make and cook very tiny meatballs, only 1/2 inch in diameter (reduce baking temp/time as necessary) and top pizza with them

Place cooked meatballs in crockpot and simmer in favorite sauce; serve with toothpicks

Replace the chicken in your favorite soup with cooked meatballs instead 

Slice cooked meatballs and use as filling in Italian quesadilla with mozzerella cheese in a tortilla

Make big meatballs (2-3″ diameter) bake in muffin tins; adjust cooking time as necessary

What are your favorite ways to serve meatballs?
If you like this recipe, you may also like: Baked Spinach Turkey Meatballs
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1 comment:

  1. Rachelle,
    I LOVE Once Upon Her Plate! Great recipe ideas and helpful tips... I love cooking, baking, and creating new recipes as well...
    Hey, do you have any recommendations/ideas for cooking and baking for vegan friends/family?? I know that Earth Balance Vegan sticks/applesauce/or veggie oil is an alternative for baking w/o butter, and vinegar used to replace eggs...
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