Sneaky BBQ Meatballs


I’ll tell you upfront-these are sneaky and deceptive… especially for children. My kids have become VERY picky when it comes to their veggies so I’m trying every way to sneak them in! So, how do you combine veggies with turkey meatballs? You replace the traditional breadcrumbs or other binding agents with cauliflower and cabbage, finely shredded of course! In addition, the homemade BBQ sauce is perfect for any type of dish that calls for it. It is tangy, yet sweet with not too much spice. Makes 4 dinner servings or appetizer servings

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1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup cauliflower, riced
1/2 cup cabbage, riced/finely shredded
1 Tbsp potato or corn starch
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp basil or oregano
BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup (homemade or bought – I like this brand)
2 Tbsp bilberry or cherry jam/preserves
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • In a large bowl, combine ingredients for meatballs. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, make meatballs into about 1-2″ balls.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400F for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, combine BBQ sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to boil over low heat. Let simmer while meatballs are cooking.
  • Remove meatballs from oven and spoon sauce over tops. Alternatively, you can dip each meatball in the sauce to completely cover.

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