Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs

Does anyone else feel like their appetite has completely changed lately?  With the weather getting chillier, I have been craving totally different foods.  Maybe it’s just the foodie that I am, but comfort food appeals to me so much more of these chilly evenings.  This weekend I was able to spend time in the kitchen, perfecting a few new recipes for the blog.  This one I am sharing today is my personal favorite!!
There are very few dishes I look forward to more than meatballs simmering in a delicious homemade Italian tomato sauce.  Something about them, maybe the comfort brings me back to my childhood.  I will always remember my grandmother calling and inviting me over for her fabulous meatballs and so I decided to get her recipe over the last week and clean it up a bit!  I tried to make my cleaned up version as easy as possible because I don’t know about you, but I always making something easy, especially these weeks that I am working later than usual.  Sometimes the simplest things are the most satisfying!
low-carb, gluten-free turkey meatballs
low-carb, gluten-free turkey meatballs
I am not opposed to lean red meat but I will usually limit my intake per week.  I figured in order to make these even healthier, I would use ground turkey.  I also used almond meal to make them a little cleaner and low-carb instead of the traditional breadcrumbs used in most meatball recipes.  You would never know there are no breadcrumbs when you use almond meal, so be sure to give it a try!  If you would like to use gluten-free breadcrumbs, that works as well (I love the brand, Aleia’s). 
My grandmother used to pan-fry her meatballs in a skillet.  I can still remember her standing over the stove frying each one to perfection, but I actually baked them in this recipe and they turned out amazing – much healthier!
Try the recipe here! πŸ™‚ 
Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Italian Turkey Meatballs
Delicious Low-Carb, Turkey Meatballs very lean but full of flavor!
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  1. 2 C Marinara sauce (I like Rao's Homemade, it is the best tasting store bought and very low carb, only 3g net carb for a 1/2 cup)- I usually will make my own but didn't have time this weekend
  2. 1 lb. (mine was actually 20 oz.) ground turkey, lean
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 large egg yolk
  5. 1 Tbs yellow onion, finely chopped
  6. 1 tsp dried basil
  7. 2/3 C almond meal (if you are not trying to eat low carb, you can use gluten-free bread crumbs)
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. Fresh ground pepper
  10. 3 mozzarella cheese sticks cut in 1/4 inch cubes
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray your 13 x 9 baking dish with oil. Pour the sauce into the baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, garlic, onions, egg yolks, basil, almond meal, salt and pepper. Mix with hands. Do not over-mix because that will make the meatballs tough.
  3. Ok, to make the meatballs, use a measuring spoon, tablespoon. Fill it with the meatball mixture, level. Put a cheese cube into the spooned mixture. Turn over and pop out, tapping it onto the mixing bowl. Set aside, take another level meatball mixture full (level) and do the same. Do not put a cheese cube in it. Put one on top of the other and roll to combine. Put in baking dish on top of sauce. Continue until all the meatballs are made. Pop into oven for 22 minutes. Serve immediately.
  1. Remember try to keep the meatballs level tablespoon size or else you will have to cook them longer. These meatballs are really amazing, very low carb and gluten-free! Serve over spaghetti, on a roll, or anything else you can think of! πŸ™‚
Alyssa Grieco


This is one half of a meatball and the cheese I add in! πŸ™‚

low-carb, gluten-free turkey meatballs


Healthy Chicken Tacos

Tacos have always been one of my all time favorites.  I mean, who doesn’t love tacos?!?   This past week my brother, Andrew, texted me mid-week saying he was coming home for the night from college with his friend Ryan.  I always try to make it a point to see him when he comes home since it is rare.  My hours at work have been slowing down a bit, so I  had some extra time to cook.  The first thought that came to mind was tacos, so that is what I decided to go with!

I am still temped each night by my leftover Valentine’s Day candy, so I have been trying to eat really healthy outside of that, along with running a few extra miles in the morning before work.  With that in mind, I wanted to make these tacos extra healthy and guilt-free! I ate one with a shell but had a few more using lettuce as the wrap.

One of the things I dislike most about restaurants is that entrees are usually loaded with sodium to create flavor. Even something like chicken tacos sound healthy but in reality has tons of sodium added to them.  Store bought packets are no better so I made my own seasoning below to eliminate sodium over load and it was awesome… and super easy!
Healthy Chicken Tacos
Serves 6
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  1. 2 lbs. chicken breasts
  2. Mission brand gluten-free corn taco shells
  3. Iceberg lettuce whole leaves (if desired in place of taco shells)
  4. 3 medium size tomatoes
  5. 1/4 C chopped red onion
  6. 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
  7. 1/2 head iceberg chopped
  8. 1 C Mexican shredded cheese
  9. 2 avocados
  10. garlic powder
  11. 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  12. sea salt
  13. black pepper
  14. olive oil
  1. To start, make the guacamole, salsa, and chicken separately. First, I prepared the salsa. In a bowl, toss tomatoes, onions, and one tablespoon of the fresh cilantro. Set aside. Prepare one cup of shredded lettuce in another bowl and set aside. In another bowl, set aside one cup of Mexican shredded cheese. For the guacamole, mash two avocados and mix with garlic powder, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, and black pepper. Lastly I prepared the chicken. Wash the chicken breast and place into a skillet with light olive oil and cook until cooked through. Once chicken is throughly cooked, slice the chicken into thin slices and put back into the skillet. Add the homemade taco seasoning (in the second recipe card below).
  1. I purchased the Mission and gluten-free corn tortillas or you may choose to go with a 100% whole wheat wraps. I also had some whole lettuce leaves ready. I served everything on the table as shown below and we all made our own!
Alyssa Grieco

Homemade Taco Seasoning
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  1. 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  2. 2 teaspoons paprika
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you do not like spicy food you may want to eliminate the cayenne pepper)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  1. Mix all of the above in a bowl and then add this mixture into the skillet. Be sure to mix all of the chicken and seasoning up well. If it seems to need a little liquid, add water one teaspoon at a time but not too much. It should be more of a dry-rub type of seasoning.
Alyssa Grieco
Everyone loved these and they were such quick weeknight dinner… and healthy too! Enjoy πŸ™‚