Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Perfect as an appetizer or served over rice for an entrée, these sweet and spicy turkey meatballs prove that healthy foods can also be flavorful!

Disclaimer: I received free samples of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by SPLENDA® Sweeteners and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This is one of my favorite recipes that I have been keeping from all of you for awhile. I first made them for a Super Bowl party two years ago and they were a hit! I loved them so much that I started making them for dinner just so I wouldn’t have to wait for another party to have an excuse to eat them.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

The sauce is the key to these meatballs, as you want just the right balance of spicy and sweet. For the spice, I rely simply on red pepper flakes in order to keep the sodium low, as many hot sauces and pastes are also loaded with salt. Trust me, those little red flakes can carry some serious heat! And for the sweet, I used SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend – a new product on the market that helps you cut back on sugar while still getting the sweetness that you’re looking for.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend is an all-natural product with just 2 ingredients (both non-GMO): stevia and cane sugar. By combining stevia with sugar, the result is 50% few calories than just sugar alone but no bitter taste that you may be concerned about when using a sugar substitute. Plus, there’s no added colorings, artificial flavors, or artificial ingredients. That’s a win in my book!

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

While I’m using SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend in a savory dish, you can use it anywhere that you would traditionally use regular sugar. Note that ½ tsp of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend provides the same sweetness as 1 tsp of regular sugar. I’m already thinking about how good this would be in sangria or a fruit crisp! 

So here’s a toast to getting all the flavor without excess sugar!

P.S. These meatballs would be perfect football-watching food 😉 

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Perfect as an appetizer or served over rice for an entrée, these sweet and spicy turkey meatballs prove that healthy foods can also be flavorful!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian-Fusion
Keyword: Turkey Meatballs
Servings: 8
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 4 green onions chopped and divided
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup rolled oats pulsed into a flour

For the Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend
  • 2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour and water. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, whisked egg, and oat flour. Next add in the whites of the green onions, garlic, ginger, and salt and pepper.
  • Form mixture into 16 meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • While meatballs are baking, whisk together soy sauce, water, vinegar, brown sugar or Stevia blend, red pepper flakes, oil, and ginger. Pour into a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in water and whole wheat flour mixture. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add meatballs and toss with sauce. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to do this in batches.
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice and vegetables for an entrée or on a platter with toothpicks for an appetizer. Sprinkle greens of the onions and sesame seeds on top for garnish. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition for 1/8 of recipe (using brown sugar): 278 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 19g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 9g sugar, 27g protein
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11 Comments
  • Kristy AvatarKristy2 years ago

    Can we substitute for sugar for Splenda? I have all the ingredients but that.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Definitely! I recommend using brown sugar if you have it.

  • Jennifer B AvatarJennifer B2 years ago

    I might be missing something, but the instructions say to mix broth for the sauce. Broth isn’t mentioned in the ingredients.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Good catch Jennifer! Sorry originally I was using broth but then I made it again with water and liked it better. So no broth just 1/4 cup water.

  • Rebecca Bitzer AvatarRebecca Bitzer2 years ago

    Looks delicious. Interesting idea artificial sweetener in a recipe for meatballs!

  • Serena AvatarSerena2 years ago

    Bring on the football! Or maybe I’ll make before football!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Definitely don’t wait for football to make these 😉

  • Marco AvatarMarco2 years ago

    I can’t wait to try these!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Thanks Marco! You’ll have to let me know what you think 🙂

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly AvatarDeanna Segrave-Daly2 years ago

    What a cool and creative recipe!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast2 years ago

      Thanks DeAnna!

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