Low Carb Spinach and Feta Turkey Meatballs

Spinach and Feta Turkey Meatballs – Low Carb, Keto

Did you ever just want to put a twist on the regular spaghetti and meatballs?  I mean, it’s delicious, however, it’s high in carbs, and it’s not best when trying to diet or watch your figure.  Turkey meatballs can be a lot healthier and lower in fat than regular beef.  I’ve found turkey, spinach and feta meatballs online before, and it seemed like a great recipe for me to test and perfect!  And I’ve adjusted it so it’s low carb, and you can also make it Keto approved!

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

I really am a sucker for spaghetti and meatballs, but let’s face it, you won’t get that beach bod you want by eating it.  And after eating a serving of it, I tend to feel super full and bloated from the sugar and noodles!  This recipe I’ve perfected is very light and you don’t feel bloated at all after you indulge in it!  It’s such a great alternative to the regular spaghetti and meatballs, and there are tons of different ways you could eat these!

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

I’ve made this recipe a couple times, and the first time I made it, I put it over regular pasta for my boyfriend with marinara sauce.  He liked it, but I made mine with zoodles as a low carb option, and he looooved that even more!  He preferred it the way I’m going to tell you today!  Like I said, there are tons of way you can eat these meatballs, but I really love how light yet filling this meal is the way I made it!  I’ve also calculated the macros and calories for you, so if you’re tracking, it’ll make it way easier for you to input!  Warning:  This recipe makes A LOT of meatballs, so if you don’t want leftovers or don’t want to freeze them for later, half the recipe!  Let’s get started!

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Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs - Ingredients

For the ingredients for the meatballs, I used:

  • 3 lbs. ground turkey (93%/7% fat)
  • 2 packages of frozen chopped spinach; thawed and drained well
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 4oz. container feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 T. parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs - Ingredients

For the zoodles:

  • 4 medium size zucchini (or buy the pre-made zoodles in the frozen section of the grocery store)
  • olive oil
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Start out by preheating your oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs - Ingredients

Next, in a large bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients together.  You can mix with a wooden spoon, however I suggest just going in there with your hands to really get all the ingredients combined.

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs - Ingredients

Once combined, form turkey mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls, about the size of golf balls.  Place meatballs on pre-greased baking sheet.

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

Put meatballs in oven for about 10-12 minutes.  Take out, rotate (flip) them, and then bake for another 10-12 minutes until meatballs are fully cooked.  Now from here, some people like to dip them in Tzatziki sauce.  I however, put a twist on this recipe, and the outcome was simply delicious!

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

Rinse the zucchini, then cut off one end.  With your veggetti (you can get them at TJ Maxx, Ross, or on Amazon for less than $10), make your zucchini noodles by twisting the zucchini towards the blades of the veggetti, making your noodles.

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

Heat 1 T olive oil in a saute pan on medium heat.  Once hot, add the onions and zoodles.  Saute until zoodles turn a little transparent and are tender.  This only takes a couple minutes.  Toss in the diced tomatoes. Add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with salt and pepper to taste.  That will be your sauce.

And you’re done!  Place your zoodles mixture on a plate, the meatballs on top, and you’re ready to experience the deliciousness of this recipe!

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

I hope you enjoy making this as it’s super easy and delicious all at the same time!  You can also use regular spaghetti noodles if you wish, however it will no longer be low carb.  You can also use marinara sauce instead of the olive oil if you prefer.  If you wish to make it Keto approved, just substitute the panko bread crumbs with almond flour, and nix the tomatoes.

The recipe makes enough meatballs for 12 servings. The zoodles will make enough for about 4.  Basically a zucchini per serving.

Nutrition for meatballs (per serving): 356 calories, 25g protein, 3g carbs, 10.8g fat.

Nutrition for zoodles with olive oil sauce (4 servings, per serving): 172 calories, 3.6g protein, 11g net carbs, 13.5g fat.

Low Carb Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

Turkey Spinach and Feta Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 356 kcal
Author Amy Kingsborough

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. ground turkey (93%/7%fat)
  • 2 pkgs. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz. container feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease baking sheet.

  2. 2.  In large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients together with spoon or hands.

  3. 3.  Form meatballs into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls, about the size of golf balls, and place on baking sheet.

  4. Bake meatballs for 10-12 minutes.

  5. Take out, flip meatballs, and bake for another 10-12 minutes until meatballs are fully cooked.

  6. Serve with zoodles and olive oil sauce.  You may substitute regular pasta noodles instead of zoodles

Recipe Notes

Nutrition for meatballs (per serving):

356 calories

25g protein

3g carbs

10.8g fat

Zoodles for turkey meatballs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 172 kcal
Author Amy Kingsborough

Ingredients

  • 4 Zucchini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

Instructions

  1. 1.  Rinse the zucchini, then cut off one end. With your veggetti (you can get them at TJ Maxx, Ross, or on Amazon for less than $10), make your zucchini noodles by twisting the zucchini towards the blades of the veggetti, making your noodles.

  2. 2.  Heat 1 T olive oil in a saute pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and zoodles. Saute until zoodles turn a little transparent and are tender. This only takes a couple minutes. Toss in the diced tomatoes. Add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with salt and pepper to taste. That will be your sauce.

  3. 3.  And you're done! Place your zoodles mixture on a plate, the meatballs on top, and you're ready to experience the deliciousness of this recipe!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition (per serving):

172 calories

3.6g protein

11g net carbs

13.5g fat

If you tried the recipe comment down below and let me know how you liked it!  Also let me know if you used the zoodles with the olive oil, or regular pasta with marinara sauce!  I’d love to know which you liked better!

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