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Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients
1, 20oz package of 99% lean ground turkey
1/4c parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/4c old fashioned oatmeal, pulsed 4x in food processor or spice grinder
1/2c fresh chopped parsley, divided
1 28oz can + 1 15can no salt added (or low sodium) crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves minced garlic
1tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2tsp black pepper
1tsp olive oil
2tsp basil, dried
1/4tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions
In medium size mixing bowl, add in ground turkey, egg, oats, parmesan cheese, 1/4c chopped parsley, 3/4tsp salt & pepper.
To slow cooker add in crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, basil, 1/4tsp salt and olive oil.

Sauté chopped onion in non-stick pan with oil spray on medium heat.
When onion is translucent, add in chopped garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes being careful not to burn garlic.
Once it is cooked, allow to cool for moment and then add half of onions/garlic mixture to turkey meat and half to tomato sauce in slow cooker.

Combine all ingredients with ground turkey, roll to form 24 meatballs (about 2T mixture per meatball) and then drop into sauce in slow cooker.
Top with remaining 1/4c chopped parsley. Set on low and cook for 5-6 hours.

Serving options: a) zucchini spaghetti; b) fat free ricotta cheese; c) tofu noodles.

Makes 8 servings
Serving Size: 3 meatballs with ½-3/4c sauce

Nutrition
Calories 177
Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 54mg
Sodium 607mg
Potassium 216mg
Carbohydrate 14g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 6g*
Protein 20g
*No Added sugars; sugars in recipe are naturally occurring from tomatoes. Make sure to buy brand of tomatoes that does not have added sugars in the ingredients list.

 

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