Turkey Beetballs and Spaghetti
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6
Beets contain phytonutrients called betalains, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They also contain fiber, vitamin C, and iron. This recipe makes about twenty 2-inch meatballs.
  • 1¼ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 roasted beet (5 or 6 ounces), peeled and shredded on the large holes of a box grater
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ⅔ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ⅔ packed cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 green onions (white and light green parts only), very thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • One 26-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 12 ounces whole wheat or whole wheat blend spaghetti
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil or coat a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the ground turkey, beets, egg, oats, basil, Parmesan cheese, green onions, garlic, and salt in a large bowl and mix until just combined.
  3. Shape the meat mixture into 2-inch balls. (You'll end up with 20 to 21 meatballs.) Place on the prepared baking sheet and cook until lightly browned, 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the pasta sauce in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cover and bring to a simmer. When the turkey meatballs come out of the oven, add them to the sauce, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the meatballs are fully cooked and have absorbed some of the sauce flavors, about 20 minutes.
  5. While the sauce and meatballs are simmering, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl or platter, and serve with the sauce and meatballs on top. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese as desired.
Nutriton Bonus = 25% vitamin A, 15% vitamin C, 15% calcium, and 30% iron
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 to 4 meatballs + spaghetti + sauce Calories: 480 Fat: 13g Saturated fat: 3.5g Carbohydrates: 61g Sodium: 620mg Fiber: 11g Protein: 34g
Recipe by Lizs Healthy Table at https://www.lizshealthytable.com/2015/07/28/how-to-roast-beets-and-beet-meatballs/