Ground turkey and bulgur form the base of these healthy Thanksgiving-themed meatballs, which are tossed in a tangy cranberry-sauce glaze. Serve these on a platter or keep them warm in a slow cooker.

Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2019


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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender-crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Add broth, 1/3 cup water, and bulgur. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the bulgur is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Whisk eggs, coriander, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Add the egg mixture and turkey to the bulgur mixture; mix well. Shape into 30 meatballs, about 2 tablespoons each. Place on the prepared pan.

  • Bake the meatballs until cooked through (and a thermometer registers 165 degrees F), 15 to 18 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine cranberry sauce, orange juice, cornstarch, cayenne, and the remaining 2 tablespoons water in a large pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Add the meatballs to the sauce and stir gently to coat (see Tip).


Tip: To keep meatballs and sauce warm for serving, transfer to a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker and use the "keep warm" setting.

To make ahead: Prepare through Step 4; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To serve, reheat meatballs and finish with Step 5.

Nutrition Facts

196.9 calories; protein 13.6g 27% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 1.9g 8% DV; sugars 10.5g; fat 7.2g 11% DV; saturated fat 1.8g 9% DV; cholesterol 79.2mg 26% DV; vitamin a iu 2187.7IU 44% DV; vitamin c 5.9mg 10% DV; folate 19mcg 5% DV; calcium 33.2mg 3% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 29.2mg 10% DV; potassium 268.4mg 8% DV; sodium 356.1mg 14% DV.