Healthier Version Of A Classic Recipe

Turkey Meatballs on Polenta

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Turkey Meatballs on Polenta

Turkey meatballs on polenta - Great family dinner idea!

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Health Score:
81 / 100
50 min.
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Nutritional values

The secondary plant compound lycopene from tomatoes can reduce the risk of stroke. In addition, together with other antioxidants, it protects the body's cells from harmful free radicals.

If you like, you can also prepare twice the amount of turkey meatballs and freeze half of them - then you will always have a gluten-free family meal on hand.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie646 cal.(31 %)
Protein49 g(50 %)
Fat28 g(24 %)
Carbohydrates47 g(31 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage3.9 g(13 %)
Vitamin A0.3 mg(38 %)
Vitamin D0.4 μg(2 %)
Vitamin E3.8 mg(32 %)
Vitamin K11.1 μg(19 %)
Vitamin B₁0.3 mg(30 %)
Vitamin B₂0.6 mg(55 %)
Niacin24 mg(200 %)
Vitamin B₆0.8 mg(57 %)
Folate38 μg(13 %)
Pantothenic acid1.8 mg(30 %)
Biotin24.1 μg(54 %)
Vitamin B₁₂1.6 μg(53 %)
Vitamin C21 mg(22 %)
Potassium982 mg(25 %)
Calcium500 mg(50 %)
Magnesium78 mg(26 %)
Iron2.7 mg(18 %)
Iodine40 μg(20 %)
Zinc4.8 mg(60 %)
Saturated fatty acids13.9 g
Uric acid185 mg
Cholesterol105 mg
Complete sugar10 g


3 ½ ozs Parmesan
16 ozs milk (low fat)
1 ¾ ozs butter
7 ozs Polenta (corn grits)
1 onion
18 ozs Ground turkey
3 Tbsps olive oil
1 shallot
2 garlic cloves
½ tsp Red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp Tomato paste
14 ozs chunky tomatoes (can)
5 ozs gluten free Vegetable broth
½ handful basil leaves
How healthy are the main ingredients?
PolentaParmesanolive oilTomato pastesaltonion

Kitchen utensils

1 Grater

Preparation steps


Grate the Parmesan cheese. Boil 16 ounces water with milk, 1 tsp salt, and butter. Add the cornmeal, stirring vigorously, and stir over low heat for 20 minutes until the polenta separates from the bottom. Then mix in 3 Tablespoons Parmesan, season to taste, and keep warm.


Peel onion, finely dice, and mix well with minced meat, 3 Tablespoons Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Form balls that are about 1-1.5 inches from the mixture. Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the balls for 6-7 minutes on all sides, turning over medium heat, then remove.


Peel shallot and garlic, finely dice both and fry lightly in a pan in the remaining oil over medium heat. Add chili flakes and tomato paste and fry briefly, then pour in tomatoes and broth. Season everything with salt and pepper and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, adding the meatballs back after 10 minutes. Wash the basil and pat dry.


Arrange polenta on plates. Spread the turkey meatballs with the sauce on top. Grind everything with pepper, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve garnished with basil.