Healthy Kale Turkey Meatballs with a Lemon Greek Yogurt Sauce

Healthy Kale Turkey Meatballs with a Lemon Greek Yogurt Sauce

Sneak more veggies into your life with these healthy baked turkey meatballs. Serve with a light and lemony Greek yogurt dressing for simple healthy meal.

Remember how I’m not a big fan of salads or raw greens in general? I know – worst dietitian.

Well, when I’m not making green smoothies, I’m sneaking them into my meals. While soups, veggie burgers, pizza and pasta dishes are all fair game for adding a touch of green, meatballs are one of my favorites.

Bowl of healthy kale turkey meatballs

In addition to adding extra nutrition, kale also gives a pop of color to an otherwise ugly food – I mean, meatballs are tasty and all but they aren’t the prettiest to look at.

To add a little brightness to the dish, we’re pairing these healthier meatballs with a simple lemon greek yogurt sauce.

Five healthy kale turkey meatballs and tomato slices on a whole wheat wrap with a drizzle of lemon greek yogurt sauce

What You’ll Need

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ⅓ cup oats (pulsed into a coarse flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Zest from ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper

For the Greek Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven and measure ingredients

Preheat oven to 375oF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Measure out ingredients and pulse oats into a coarse flour.

Ingredients for healthy kale turkey meatballs and lemon greek yogurt sauce

Step 2: Make meatball mixture

In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, chopped kale, beaten egg, pulsed oats (or bread crumbs), garlic, lemon zest, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.

Kale and raw turkey in mixing bowl

Step 3: Form meatballs and bake

Form into meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.

Raw healthy kale turkey meatballs on sheet pan

Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Step 4: Make Greek yogurt sauce

Meanwhile, make Greek yogurt sauce by placing Greek yogurt, lemon juice, remaining lemon zest, olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse until creamy.

Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour Greek yogurt sauce into a serving bowl.

Step 5: Serve

Remove cooked meatballs from the oven and serve with Greek yogurt sauce. See serving ideas below.

Healthy kale turkey meatball wrap with lemon greek yogurt sauce

What to serve with these turkey meatballs

My original plan for these meatballs was to wrap them in a whole wheat tortilla with some fresh tomatoes – and trust me, it was delicious. However, I think they would be even better with warm flatbread, such as naan.

Healthy kale turkey meatball wrap with lemon greek yogurt sauce on a plate

Oh and feta cheese. I really wish I had added some feta cheese to my wraps!

While there is some kale in the meatballs, for a balanced meal, I’d add some more veggies, such as roasted zucchini or eggplant on the side.

Low-carb serving options

Looking to keep things light? Serve these meatballs over a mixed green salad with some feta cheese or wrap them in lettuce leaves.

For an appetizer, insert toothpicks into each meatball and serve with the sauce on the side for dipping.

How will you serve these lemony meatballs?

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Bowl of healthy kale turkey meatballs with side of lemon greek yogurt sauce

Healthy Kale Turkey Meatballs with a Lemon Greek Yogurt Sauce

Sneak more veggies into your life with these healthy baked turkey meatballs. Serve with a light and lemony Greek yogurt dressing for simple healthy meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Greek yogurt sauce, Healthy turkey meatballs, Kale turkey meatballs, Low-Carb
Servings: 4 (6 if making wraps)
Calories: 288kcal

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • cup oats (pulsed into a coarse flouor bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Zest from ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper

For the Greek Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 2% or whole fat
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Wraps

  • 6 whole wheat tortillas or flatbreads
  • 1 large heirloom tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, chopped kale, beaten egg, pulsed oats (or bread crumbs), garlic, lemon zest, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Form into meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, make Greek yogurt sauce by placing Greek yogurt, lemon juice, remaining lemon zest, olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse until creamy.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour Greek yogurt sauce into a serving bowl.
  • Remove cooked meatballs from the oven and serve with Greek yogurt sauce. See post above for serving suggestions. Enjoy!

To Assemble Wraps

  • Slice tomato and divide evenly between tortillas or flatbread.
  • Place 3-4 turkey meatballs on each wrap. Drizzle with sauce and feta (if using). Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition for 5 meatballs with 2 tablespoons of sauce: 288 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated), 14 g carb, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 31 g protein
Nutrition for 1 meatball: 46 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 2 g carb, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 5 g protein.
Nutrition for 2 tablespoons of sauce: 58 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 4 g carb, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 6 g protein.
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