Turkey Time

I swear every time I make meatballs I forget to write down what I threw into them.  Ohhhh, the elusive turkey meatball recipe… changes every time.  Yet, always tastes delicious.

I bring you spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs and garlic mushroom marinara:


Easier than it looks, I promise!

(Check out this post  for some tips on cooking up your spaghetti squash)

While my spaghetti squash was doing its thang in the oven, I got to work on the meatballs.  Here’s what went into them:


Your guess is as good as mine. Winking smile

Alriiiiiiiiight, here’s approximately what went into the meatballs:

  • 10 ounces 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano

This mix gave me 10 2-bite meatballs:


I sprinkled each meatball with a little olive oil (about 1 tbsp for all 10 meatballs).  I cooked these in a 400 degree for 15 minutes, flipped them over and cooked for another 10.

Meanwhile, I sautéed 2 cloves minced garlic and a couple handfuls of sliced baby bella mushrooms in a sauce pan:


Then added 1.5 cups of Prego sauce to the pan along with some garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and dried oregano.  I popped a lid on the pan and let it simmer away on low heat until the meatballs and spaghetti squash were done cooking:


I promise you–this dish will totally satisfy your pasta cravings.  Look how tasty:


As an added bonus, I was able to get 3 servings out of this batch.  Hello tomorrow’s lunch and the day after tomorrow’s dinner!

Stats on 2 cups Spaghetti Squash with 3 Turkey Meatballs and 1/2 cup sauce:  320 calories, 37g carbs, 10g fat, 27g protein, 7g fiber.  Molto bene!

Since the ground turkey comes in a 20 ounce package, I decided to use the remaining 10 ounces to make up some of my beloved Turkey Meat Muffins Open-mouthed smile 


Only thing I did different this time was to omit the oil.  I didn’t notice much of a difference, so I think I’ll stick with the oil-free version in the future. 


I LOVE these guys for several reasons.

  1. They are pre-portioned and super cute.
  2. They satisfy my belly in a healthful way.
  3. Leftover meatloaf sandwiches rock my socks off.
  4. Saying “meat muffin” brings an unavoidable smile to my face 😀



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  1. Ooo I have a spaghetti squash sitting on the counter, just waiting for me to use it! I think I know what is going with dinner tomorrow night! Both version of meatballs look great.. I’m definitely a fan of meatballs and meatloaf 🙂