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Everyone loves meatballs. You can make them out of just about anything, pair them with your favorite sauces and enjoy them over pasta, on a sandwich or by themselves.
Unfortunately, traditional meatballs aren’t the healthiest option out there, so with that in mind, we’ve gathered 10 of our favorite healthy meatball recipes to help you improve your eating habits without sacrificing flavor.
1. Cranberry Orange-Glazed Turkey Meatballs
You’ll be the talk of your next gathering with these tasty turkey meatballs. Ground turkey is a naturally lean meat that creates delicious meatballs that are lower in fat. All you have to do is mix up your turkey and bake the meatballs. While they’re cooking, combine cranberry sauce, orange juice, corn starch, cayenne pepper and water to create the glaze!
2. Asian Meatballs
You don’t usually associate meatballs with Asian food, but the two complement each other surprisingly well. Adding ginger, garlic and soy sauce to the meatballs gives them a subtle Asian flavor. Coat them in a honey-ginger-garlic sauce to create a dish that will disappear as soon as you put it on the table.
3. Meatballs in White Wine Sauce With Rustic Bread
Meatballs are a staple of Italian food, and this winning combination of ingredients takes this national dish to the next level. This recipe uses lean beef to reduce the fat content and pairs it with ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to hold the meatballs together. White wine gives it another level of flavor, and they pair perfectly with a crusty baguette.
4. Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs
If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional meatballs you throw in your spaghetti sauce, these rosemary thyme balsamic ones take the cake. All you have to do is prepare the meatballs and either brown them on the stovetop or bake them for 25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, add some balsamic vinegar and cook until it reduces for a flavorful sauce.
5. Spinach and Feta Turkey Meatballs
Getting your greens can be a chore, especially when there’s a McDonald’s on every corner. These turkey meatballs are chock-full of nutritious spinach and salty feta cheese for a flavor you’ll never forget. This recipe pairs them with zoodles — zucchini noodles — but you can easily substitute with your favorite pasta and sauce.
6. Egg Roll Meatballs
Most meatballs call for the addition of things like eggs and breadcrumbs, but if you’re looking for something that doesn’t contain any dairy or gluten, you’re in luck. These tasty options have everything you’d expect to find in an egg roll — ground pork, cabbage, shredded carrots and tons of flavor. Serve them with duck sauce or your favorite egg roll sauce!
7. Mexican Turkey Meatballs
If you’re craving tacos, but want something a little bit healthier than ground beef, these Mexican turkey meatballs are to die for. Mix ground turkey with garlic, onion, cumin, chili powder and crushed tortilla chips and bake. Serve with salsa, sour cream or your favorite taco toppings. You could even drop a few in a tortilla shell instead of using taco meat!
8. Buffalo Meatballs
Everyone loves Buffalo wings, but their deep-fried goodness isn’t as healthy as it could be. These meatballs pack all the flavors of Buffalo wings without the grease because they have Buffalo sauce in the recipe. Whether you’re craving wings or need a new appetizer for your next dinner party, these meatballs will be a hit.
9. Greek Meatballs
Who doesn’t love Greek food? These meatballs work with both beef and turkey, depending on your needs, and taste just like the meat you’ll find in your favorite gyro. Serve them with some homemade tzatziki sauce for the authentic Greek experience and enjoy this healthy meatball dish!
10. Banh Mi Meatballs
A banh mi is classic Vietnamese street food — a sandwich that pairs pork with both fresh and pickled vegetables and a delectable sauce. Whip up your favorite pork meatballs, and coat them in a mixture of sweet chili, teriyaki and fish sauces. Add fresh and pickled vegetables, and squeeze some fresh lime juice over the top before enjoying.
Enjoy These Tasty Meatball Recipes in Good Health
Meatballs don’t have to be heavy or unhealthy. Try out a few of these delightful recipes next time you’re craving some classic meatballs, and you might end up with a new favorite.