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. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2019

Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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

197 calories; 7.2 g total fat; 1.8 g saturated fat; 79 mg cholesterol; 356 mg sodium. 268 mg potassium; 20.3 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 13.6 g protein; 2188 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mg vitamin c; 19 mcg folate; 33 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 29 mg magnesium;