Guess what chia and turkey meat have in common? Both can help boost your mood. That’s right! Turkey contains the neurotransmitter tryptophan – a hormone that causes feelings of relaxation. The chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids; a healthy fat that has been found to help combat depression. In addition to getting a mood boost, these meatballs are a great alternative to their high-calorie beef cousins which have saturated fat. So have the meatballs you crave, and get the health benefits your brain and your body needs!
1 cup non-alcoholic red wine (grape juice or red wine)
2 tbsp fresh garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp dry basil
1/4 tsp dry oregano
1/4 tsp dry thyme
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 lb. 99% lean ground turkey breast
2 egg whites
3/4 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
In a large bowl combine non-alcoholic red wine or optional substitute, garlic and chia seed, set aside and allow chia seed to swell for 15 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Scoop or roll into 1-ounce meatballs. Place in shallow baking pan and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until 165°F.
Remove, use for service or cool and refrigerate.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Sodium: 290 mg
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 20 g
Carbohydrate: 8 g