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Turkey Meatballs in Light Tomato Sauce

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  • 35 min prep time
  • 35 min total time
  • 14 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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Enjoy meatballs in a new way – turkey meatballs simmered in a light tomato sauce and served over hot rice – a mouth-watering dinner that’s ready in 35 minutes.

8
cups hot cooked instant rice (cooked as directed on package, omitting margarine and salt)
1
(14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
4
medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1
leek, cut into 1/2-inch slices (white portion only)
1 1/2
lb. lean ground turkey
1
cup rolled oats
4
oz. fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
tablespoon lemon juice
2
medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

Steps

  • 1 While rice is cooking, in Dutch oven, combine tomatoes, carrots and leek; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer while preparing meatballs.
  • 2 In large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except zucchini; mix thoroughly. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place in simmering sauce; cook 5 minutes.
  • 3 Add zucchini; simmer an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center. Serve over rice.

Expert Tips

Lycopene, found in tomatoes and processed tomato products, is an antioxidant that preliminary data suggest may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including prostate cancer. Lycopene may owe its antioxidant properties, which are thought to help thwart tissue damage. Cooked tomatoes may be particulary beneficial because heat appers to increase the amount of lycopene available to the body.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 serving
Calories
400
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
11%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
450mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
61g
20%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Protein
24g
24%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
210%
210%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 2 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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