Low-Carb Sesame Turkey Meatballs

  • Yield 8 servings

The sesame seeds and miso give this low-calorie turkey meatball recipe a deep Japanese flair.



1 1/2 pounds leanest ground turkey
1 -- egg, beaten
1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup low-sodium tamari
1/2 cup mirin
1/2 cup white miso paste
1 1/2 tablespoons kudzu dissolved in 2 tablespoons chicken broth or water (optional)


In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, cilantro, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Mix gently and form 11/2-inch (3.8 cm) meat-balls–do not overhandle the meat. Arrange the meatballs in the slow cooker insert.

In another bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, tamari, mirin, and miso and pour over the meatballs. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 31/2 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through and no pink remains. Remove and serve the meatballs as is or, to accompany with sauce, transfer the liquid to a medium-size pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, add the dissolved kudzu, and stir for 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Serve with the meatballs.

Reprinted with permission from The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., and Jeannette Bessinger, C.H.H.C., Fair Winds Press



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