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Hidden Veggie Turkey Meatballs

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Give a family favorite a healthy makeover! These meatballs are packed with veggies and made with turkey, to give them a healthy spin. Serve with veggie rice for a delicious dinner or as a fun appetizer.

Nutrition Tip: Ground turkey is an affordable, easy-to-find source of protein, with nutrients like iron and zinc that growing kids need. Veggies and whole-grain breadcrumbs make these a good source of fiber too.

Hidden Veggie Turkey Meatballs

Hidden Veggie Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are packed with veggies and made with turkey, to give them a healthy spin.

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 small sweet onion, quartered
  • 4 ounces baby carrots
  • 4 mini sweet peppers
  • 1 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup sesame ginger dressing
  • 6 cups cooked brown rice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place onion, carrots and peppers in food processor and blend until smooth. Alternatively, finely chop ingredients by hand.
  3. Combine bread crumbs, egg, turkey and veggie mixture in bowl, mix well. Form mixture into 24 golf ball-sized meatballs.
  4. Place in baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or until slightly browned and meat is no longer pink.
  5. Remove from oven and toss with dressing. Serve over 1 cup brown rice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 512Total Fat: 17gSodium: 394mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 5gProtein: 24g

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Amanda Keefer

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Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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