Italian Turkey Quinoa Meatballs

Photo Sep 17, 4 32 10 PMIf you love Italian food as much as I do, then you’ll appreciate this recipe. All the great flavors, without the simple carbohydrates and fats from pasta. Just eat these meatballs by themselves or julienne a zucchini and you have an instant hi-protein, low-carb classic muscle building meal.

Ingredients for about 18 meatballs for 6 servings:

1.5lb extra lean ground turkey
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 egg
1/3 cup copped green onions (or basil)
2 cups low sodium marinara (I used basil flavored)


1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp Italian seasoning

Video Tutorial:


1. In a bowl, mix turkey, quinoa, egg, onions and seasonings.
2. Form small meatballs and set a large nonstick skillet on medium high heat.
3. Spray the skillet with coconut oil and sear the meatballs for about 3 minutes.
4. Reduce the heat to medium and then add marinara.
5. Cover and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes until the meatballs are completely cooked.

Approximate macros for 3 meatballs, 1 of 6 servings:

234 calories, 31g protein, 18g carbs, 4g fat, 2g fiber, 3g sugar

About the Author

photo 1 (1)Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.

He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.

The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”

Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!

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