Sesame chicken is my go-to at any Chinese restaurant but given that the dish is mostly empty carbs and fat, I only eat it on occasion as a treat. These meatballs use a similar sauce and have a similar feel but are low-fat and have tons of protein!
The recipe made 54 one-inch meatballs which were all easily able to fit on one large baking sheet and baked in one batch making the prep quick and easy.
|Calories per serving||335 kcal|
I ate the meatballs over white beans with some shredded carrots and edamame. It might sound weird to eat them with beans but it was actually quite tasty. And I can’t express enough how amazing beans are as a food. They are packed with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, as well as giving an extra kick of protein. I include them in my meals as much as I can. I always cook beans myself so that I can de-gas them by giving them a good long soak before cooking. I haven’t had any problem with gas since learning to pre-soak them. Highly recommended.
Some other options for serving would be brown rice, mixed veggies, or cauliflower rice (though cauliflower rice does not last well as a meal prep, only to eat immediately).
Sesame Turkey Meatballs
- 2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (3 slices toasted and ground)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, green onions, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls (you'll make roughly 54 balls) and place spaced apart on large prepared baking sheet.
- Bake meatballs for 18-20 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
- While the meatballs are baking, dissolve cornstarch in water in small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the rest of the ingredients for the sauce and bring to a boil, whisking continuously. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes (the sauce will start to thicken)
- Toss sauce with the meatballs.
- Divide into 6 servings of 9 meatballs each.