Teriyaki Meatballs: Recipe Makeover


An all-American comfort food gets a makeover.

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Have a ball. An all-American comfort food gets a makeover.

We love a good tailgate or football party as much as the next family, but when it comes to those de rigueur gravy-slathered premade meatballs, we steer clear. Loaded with saturated and trans fat, sodium, and excess bread crumbs, not to mention the high-fructose corn syrup in the sauce, they go from comfort food to uncomfortable mistake after just a couple of bites.

But meatballs don’t have to be off-limits. Substitute lean ground turkey breast—or even ground walnuts, legumes or whole grains—for a hit of clean protein, and combine them with colorful veggies such as shiitakes, broccoli and bell pepper to up the fiber and overall nutrition.

Author: Live Naturally Magazine
Serves: 6
Serving size: 3 meatballs


  • 3/4 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (or substitute gluten free oats)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium teriyaki sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 cups shiitake mushroom, sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices (2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon organic cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Mix turkey, breadcrumbs and egg white. Divide mixture into 12 equal pieces; roll each into a ball with palm of hand. Coat bottom of 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray and cook meatballs over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Use a spatula to brown on all sides, then reduce heat.
  2. Mix chicken broth, teriyaki sauce and vinegar; pour into skillet. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. stir in mushrooms, bell pepper, broccoli and zucchini. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bell pepper is crisp-tender and meatballs are no longer pink in center. Mix cornstarch and water; stir into sauce in skillet. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Serve over noodles or rice.
Calories: 180 Fat: 2g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 9g Sodium: 471mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 23g Cholesterol: 56mg


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