Mindful Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Turkey meatballs being served.

With winter in full swing, let’s take a moment to chat about comfort food. What are your favorite dishes to indulge in when your body is craving warmth and comfort during the winter months? Pasta is a staple in my house, especially during these chilly months. It is simple to make and doesn’t require a significant amount of time, which is always a bonus after a long day at work. These mindful turkey meatballs take pasta dinner to the next level with a delicious combination of moisture and flavor. 

These were simmered for an hour in the basil marinara sauce on the new and innovative Sharp Induction Cooktop — a beautiful black cooktop that gets me excited to be in the kitchen. It heats up and cools down so quickly, meaning cooking is faster and more efficient.


Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup brown rice crackers ground into crumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion finely minced
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • black pepper to taste


Basil Marinara

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil chopped


  1. Grind rice crackers in a blender to form gluten free bread crumbs, or sub your favorite bread crumbs.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, and all other meatball ingredients, except olive oil. Stir well to combine.
  3. Scoop out turkey to form large meatballs, rolling them between palms to make the edges smooth and even.
  4. On the Sharp Induction Cooktop, place a heavy skillet on a cooking zone, and turn on to level 7. Drizzle the pan with olive oil.
  5. Add all turkey meatballs to the skillet, and allow to brown. Roll over and brown on the other side, then remove meatballs from the pan.
  6. Add the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the minced garlic. Saute the garlic for 3-4 minutes to soften.
  7. Add the tomatoes, salt, oregano, and red chili flakes, and reduce the cooking heat to 3 to activate the simmer enhancer.
  8. Add the turkey meatballs back into the pan, and simmer in the sauce for 1 hour. Reduce the cooking heat to 2, or add water to thin, if necessary.

Servings: 8 people

Calories: 191kcal

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