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Turkey Meatballs with Butternut Squash Dipping Sauce

These delicious meatballs are a nutritious treat that can be served as a snack or a meal. Using turkey instead of ground beef makes these much leaner and easier on the digestive system, yet still a good source of protein. The meatballs are also made with oats which provide soluble fiber to help manage diarrhea. The butternut squash sauce is made with well-cooked squash which gives the meatball a unique hint of flavor. You can easily turn this recipe into a pasta entrée by doubling the sauce recipe and tossing the meatballs and sauce with your favorite pasta.

Serves: 8 (3 meatballs per serving)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

For Meatballs

1 lb ground turkey

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp ground sage

2 tsp ground rosemary

1 Tbsp parsley

1 egg

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

¼ cup chicken broth

½ cup rolled oats

For Dipping Sauce:

1 tsp olive oil

2 Tbsp chopped onion

2 cups frozen butternut squash, thawed

½ tsp salt

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

6 Tbsp chicken broth

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉
  2. Combine oats and broth and let sit to soften
  3. Add ground meat to the oats and mix in Worcestershire sauce, sage, rosemary, parsley and egg
  4. Form into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned
  6. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the dipping sauce
  7. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic clove and sauté until translucent
  8. Add butternut squash and salt. Cover skillet and steam for 10 minutes, until squash is soft
  9. Remove from heat, add Greek yogurt and chicken broth to combine
  10. Add to blender and puree until smooth
  11. Serve hot or room temperature as a dipping sauce with turkey meatballs

NUTRITIONAL DATA:

Per serving: 162 calories, 6 grams fat, 1 grams saturated fat, 63 mg cholesterol, 12 grams carbohydrate,2 grams dietary fiber, 14 grams protein

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