Sweet n’ Sour Turkey Meatballs

KristineDinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Recipes2 Comments

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These Sweet n’ Sour Turkey Meatballs are big on taste, but great on the waistline. Traditional sweet n’ sour meatballs can be very high in fat, and even higher in sugar. Most are ridiculously high in sugar due to the sauce. Its pretty much a flavored sugar syrup. So since I wanted to come up with a sugar-free sweet n’ sour sauce, so naturally, I thought, why not pair it with a tasty and easy turkey meatball!

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I chose to bake these turkey meatballs, just because I wanted to put them in the oven and forget about them for a while. Another option would be sauteing them on the stove in a pan using cooking spray or a light brush of oil, which might do a bit better job at browning them. You just have to be watching over them to make sure they don’t burn. But either would most definitely work, and the choice is yours.

The sweet n’ sour sauce is also great on its own, and could be used in any other recipe that might require a sweet n’ sour sauce. Since we all have different sweetness levels, I recommend tasting the sauce along the way using a bit of the sweetener at a time. I find all sugar substitutes and different brands of stevia to have a different sweetness level, so you might need a bit more, or a bit less.

If you use a concentrated stevia, you may only need 1/2 tsp of a plain stevia liquid or concentrated powder to sweeten the whole batch of sauce. So it just depends on what you have on hand.

I hope you enjoy it, as it has quickly become my go-to sweet n’ sour meatball recipe!

Sweet n' Sour Turkey Meatballs
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Baked turkey meatballs with a delicious sugar free sweet n' sour sauce.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Yield: 4
For the meatballs
  • 454 g ground lean turkey (1 pound)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup onion, grated or chopped fine
  • ¼ cup quick oats
  • 2 egg whites (or ¼ cup carton egg whites)
For the sweet n' sour sauce
  • 1 can (14 oz or 398mL) tomato sauce (no-salt added)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ tsp salt (omit if you use a tomato sauce with salt)
  • 15 packets stevia (or ½ cup stevia for baking or other non-sugar sweetener)
  • 4 Tbsp white vinegar
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs. Roll into balls (I used a cookie scoop so each was the same size)
  3. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray or oil
  4. Bake meatballs for approx 20-22 minutes until done, turning once halfway through
  5. Meanwhile, make the sweet n' sour sauce
  6. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan
  7. Simmer together for 10 minutes
  8. Once meatballs are done, add the meatballs to the saucepan and toss gently to coat in the sauce, or transfer everything to a large serving dish
Serving size: 6 meatballs plus ¼ of sauce Calories: 175 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1.1 g Carbs: 17 g Sugar: 10 g Sodium: 482 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 25 g