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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

Flavor. That is what is important here. Wow. These little turkey meatballs have that going on! Normally, super lean ground turkey is dry and flavorless. Not so with this recipe. Each little meatball is simple--but the glaze. Oh my, that glaze will make you happy dance. And the meatballs are moist--a zucchini and chia seeds see to that. yum.

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

1 lb lean turkey (93 or 99% fat free)
1 small shredded zucchini
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp salt

Teriyaki glaze:
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp cooking sherry
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp erythritol/stevia blend sweetener
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp stevia
1/4 tsp orange extract
1/4 tsp pineapple flavoring
1/4 tsp glucomannan or xanthan gum

Garnish: 1/2 tsp sesame seeds, green onion

Place turkey in a medium bowl. Shred the zucchini over the top. Sprinkle on the coconut flour, chia seeds and salt. Combine.  Spray a non-stick skillet with coconut oil spray. Use a small scoop to make meatballs and place them directly in the pan. You may need to use two skillets or brown them in two batches.  

While turkey is browning, make sauce. In a bullet blender cup, combine all ingredients. Process until smooth.

When the meatballs are browned on all sides, pour glaze over. Lower heat to a low simmer and cook an additional 5-10 minutes until sauce is very thick. Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and or green onion.

Serves 4:  161 calories   2 net g carb

Of course, you don't need to use a lean ground turkey as I did. It happened to be on sale, and I am experimenting with alternating very low calorie days among my normal diet. This way, it is a very low calorie and low carb entree. Some veggies or salad on the side, and I can enjoy a super flavorful meal.

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Low Carb Band-It said...

I was just wondering. I noticed a lot of low carb bloggers are using ground turkey a lot. Is there any particular reason or is it just a taste thing? Just curious. Thanks! Yvonne

Bonnie Wood said...

How many meatballs did you make? Thank you.