Freezer-Friendly Meal Prep: Baked Turkey Meatballs
These Baked Turkey Meatballs are awesome for freezer-friendly meal prep! In this recipe for meatballs in oven, I show you how to include them in low carb meal prep bowls with spiralized zucchini & tomato sauce so you can eat healthy lunches all week!
When the colder months are approaching, I like to change up the type of meal prep I do so that it helps me push past the winter blues.
I don't know about you but I really lose motivation sometimes when it gets dark out – I have trouble making dinner and every little thing starts to feel like a chore.
On days when everything just feels too hard or you're just too lazy to cook, these baked turkey meatballs are sure to help you out (or these sticky sriracha lettuce wraps are an amazing variation too!)
Seriously, freezer meals are the bomb and you can totally freeze these turkey meatballs. As long as you eat them within 3 months they'll stay juicy and good as new so you can add them to last minute meal prep bowls or heat them up along with some pasta, rice or veggies for dinner – your choice!
Have no ground turkey on hand? Fear not! These baked turkey meatballs can also be made with ground chicken, ground pork or ground beef so feel free to go with whatever you have on hand (or what's on sale!)
How to Make Baked Turkey Meatballs
So meatballs in the oven are actually pretty easy to do, and require no extra cooking oil as long as you use parchment paper. Line a baking sheet with it and preheat the oven to 400 F.
Meanwhile, mix together finely diced onions, minced garlic, dijon mustard, fresh parsley, breadcrumbs and an egg. Make sure your onions are diced up really small so that they add extra moisture to the meatballs without causing them to have any cracks – large chunks of onion tend to be responsible for this so you want to go teeny tiny here. Alternatively, you can also grate the onion using a cheese grater to still get that flavour and keep the moisture.
You can also use dried parsley if need be so you really don't need any special ingredients to make these baked turkey meatballs.
Once you've mixed the ingredients together, roll the meatballs into 1-inch balls and place them on the parchment-lined baking sheet, then bake for 10 minutes per side.
Super easy right?
And while the meatballs are cooking, you can assemble any sides you want to pair with them (grains or veggies), or you can just do up the dishes and prepare a large Ziploc bag so they can go right in the freezer after cooling for a little bit, and then you've got some wholesome food in the freezer for those days you don't have time or energy to cook but still want something homemade.
I paired these baked turkey meatballs with some spiralized zucchini and topped the zoodles with some jarred tomato sauce for an easy meal – it's a great way to make these meatballs lower carb while also eliminating any extra cooking time.
You can buy your zucchini spiralled already in your local grocery store to save on prep time – that's what I did and it's one of my top meal prep tricks. Buy your veggies ready to go in the produce area (usually found near the fresh salad dressings and dips or alongside boxes of greens) and save time in the kitchen and on your weekly meal prep!
You can of course also use a spiralizer so it's up to you!
Just add a little bit of tomato sauce overtop and you're ready to microwave these bowls! Reheat for 2-4 minutes until the zucchini has softened and the meatballs are hot inside.
These baked turkey meatball meal prep bowls are so perfect for your work week lunches or you wait to add the meatballs out of the freezer to all sorts of dinners.
The choice is up to you!
Will you be making these Baked Turkey Meatballs?
They're so garlicky, juicy and tasty – I think they're the only way I'm ever going to make meatballs moving forward.
- These are the square glass meal prep bowls I use in this recipe
- If you're looking to stock your freezer with grass-fed meat and poultry, then check out Butcher Box – they're an awesome way to cut down on shopping time
- Preserve your food (perfect for meatballs!) with freezer bags
Freezer-Friendly Meal Prep: Baked Turkey Meatballs
- 2-3 zucchini, spiralized (I just buy a 500g package from the grocery store pre-made)
- 1 jar tomato sauce (make sure there's no sugar added for Whole 30)
Baked turkey meatballs
- 1 lb ground turkey or chicken (you could even do extra lean ground beef too!)
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tbsp dried)
- 1 egg
- 1 medium-sized yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
- Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and preheat oven to 400 F.
- Mix all ingredients for ground turkey meatballs in a large bowl, stirring until well-combined. Wet hands with water and roll into 1-inch meatballs, creating 20 of them. Add to baking sheet in rows and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Meanwhile, spiralize zucchini or add prepared zucchini to meal prep bowls and top with a bit of tomato sauce. When meatballs come out of oven, add 5 to each bowl. Bowls will keep in fridge up to 5 days.
- If freezing, place in a thick plastic bag and label with date. Will keep in freezer up to 6 months.