Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on October 2, 2011

Have you ever looked in your freezer and realized that you’ve created quite the collection of random meat, gluten-free flours, frozen fruit, and nuts/seeds?

That’s the story of my life right now. Everywhere I turn there are unopened bags of products that I’d purchased months before with the intention of using, or under the assumption that we were out, only to get home and realize we have 3 of the same thing.

I call that a grocery list fail.

In an attempt to clear a little space for the Thanksgiving turkey; Canadian thanksgiving is next weekend, I’ve been trying to come up with recipes using the stuff we have instead of going grocery shopping. Right now our house is filled with:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried currants
  • Ground turkey
  • Ground chicken
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Palm sugar (galore!)
  • Date syrup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rice
  • Vegetable and chicken bouillon
  • Rice flour
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts

I could go on, but it would result in a ridiculously long list. Needless to say, we’ve got everything. As a result of this exercise, our weekly grocery bill has slashed in half!

It’s rare that you’ll find ground turkey in our house. Bison, elk, chicken, yes, but turkey? Not so much.

I guess I was going through a turkey phase when I picked up 15lbs of it at the butcher. Do you have any favorite ground turkey recipes?

So far, I’ve made 3 batches of Lean and Clean Turkey Burgers

And 2 batches of these meatballs. They’re sweet, make for a great protein snack, and mix well with a fresh green salad!

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Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

These cranberry turkey meatballs are full of flavor and remind me of Thanksgiving dinner, all rolled up in a little ball!

Yield: 8 meatballs

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes or gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise or homemade bean mayo or 0% Greek yogurt *see note
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs: I used basil and thyme
  • 1 tsp herbamare or Himalayan rock salt
  • Dash pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until combined.
  3. Shape into 8 meatballs and place on prepared pan about 1-inch apart.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until internal temp is 165F.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve!

note: if Greek yogurt is used, recipe is no longer dairy-free

calories: 128 | fat: 6.2g | saturated fat: 1.2g | carbohydrate: 4.8g | fiber: 0.6g | sugars: 0.6g | protein: 12.7g

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I woke up pretty early this morning with plans to run to the gym for my spin class at 8:30am but I’m falling massively behind. Gotta run (pun intended) if I hope to get my favorite bike!

Have a fabulous Sunday, all :)

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

It’s like Thanksgiving! In ball form! hahaa…

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Katie

I am totally down for Thanksgiving balls any day of the year.

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Ali

I didn’t even know one could make cranberry meatballs, looks promising. Love the photos. Now off to learn on how to use the chopsticks and I’ll be ready for this dish :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

This is one of those recipes that will be perfect for day after TG leftovers…re-link this bad boy in a couple weeks and I will be all over it for Scott!

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Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

I really like this recipe! I have almost all of the ingredients except for the turkey meat. You know what I’ll be making soon. ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I bet you could use chicken!

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Dayanna

This recipe is so genius and looks delicious! I will for sure have to give this recipe a whirl (:
Happy (early) thanksgiving!

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Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

One of my all-time favorite sandwiches is the “Gobbler”, with sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mashed sweet potatoes. These meatballs would be PERFECT for a gobbler sub!! Can’t wait to make them :).

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Gobbler… haha too perfect! I love that name :)

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Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily

That’s funny, we don’t eat a lot of meat and if we do it’s fish, elk or bison also.
I do like turkey meatballs every once and a while, these sound fabulous. I like turkey cranberry sandwiches so why not meatballs?

I noticed your bean mayo. Can’t wait to try that. I think regular mayo is icky.

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Kris | iheartwellness.com

Ohhh Hubba Hubba!!! I still crave turkey burgers all the time and rarely eat them…these look fab!!!!! I kind of feel I could incorporate a bit more meat like this in, but still on the fence ;)

xxoo

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Haley N

oh wow! this sounds like thanksgiving in a meatball!

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Mike

These look amazing (and healthy!). I can only imagine the burst of flavor at first bite. It’s still morning and I am ready for some meatballs.

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Terra

15 pounds of turkey burger, Holy Cats! My first thought was a fun healthy soup like chili, or any tomato based soup:-) Enjoy! Terra

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Ya, that is a lot, huh? I like the idea of a tomato based soup. Good call!

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danielle

These sound super tasty! Thanks for sharing :D (ill be saving this one for sure!)

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Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss

Looks delicious.

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Date Honey

Oh my! Do you mind if we put a link to this recipe on 101usesfordatesyrup.wordpress.com? Looks amazing!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks :) Link away!

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Michelle

these look so good! wonder if it would work with extra cranberry sauce…

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I don’t see why not! Maybe remove some of the mayo so they’re not too liquidy. I bet that would taste good!

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Tracy @ Commit to Fit

These look so good. I may have to try them this week!

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Cara

Love the sound of these meatballs! We eat plenty of ground turkey.. if you need an idea, these Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers are a favorite :)
http://www.carascravings.com/2011/05/thai-peanut-turkey-burger-sliders.html

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks for the recommendation. Checking it out now :)

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Jane

OMG! Super Yum. Made these tonight and my pickiest eater ate 3! I made them smaller, made 16 instead of 8, I ole how versatile this recipe can be. Could just switch the spices and you have a turkey breakfast patty, use apples and sage instead of cranberry…… Make super minis and serve as an Xmas eve appetizer, with a cranberry dipping sauce. LOVE.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Yum, I love the idea of adding apples and sage. I’ll have to try that!

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Sarah

Love this recipe! I did a slight redo of your recipe in my blog post at http://lunchhacker.com/post/59589736991/meatballs-the-best-lunch-hack and mentioned you. Love your recipes! Thanks, Leanne!

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Kari

Made these as one of the items for our Thanksgiving brunch and they were a hit! So much in fact that we made another batch today. Thanks for the recipe.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s awesome, Kari! So happy that you enjoyed them :)

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