By: Samantha Feck

This is the perfect recipe for a quick weeknight meal when hamburger cravings ensue but your diet is a priority! Feel free to adjust ingredients to taste, with more salt, pepper or garlic as you like. These make for a great meal on their own, but I prefer to serve over wheat pasta with a low-calorie pasta sauce.


Lean Mean Meatballs

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 2


3 tablespoons olive oil

½ pound ground 80% lean ground turkey

1 egg

½ cup breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon cilantro

¼ medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper


Heat olive oil in skillet on medium-high.

In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, cilantro, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and mix until well incorporated.

Divide the meat into 1-inch balls. Place meatballs in the skillet and allow to cook until browned, about 4 minutes on each side.

To serve, place on top of pasta and sauce of your choice.


Samantha Feck is a Louisville transplant by way of Cincinnati, she moved to the area in March 2014 to accept a Public Relations Associate position at Estes Public Relations.  She only joined YPAL just a few weeks ago!

Health & Wellness Q & A
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