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Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Cook: 25 min.


6 servings

I'm always looking for recipes that are big on taste, but quick and easy to prepare, with little clean up. This one has it all. It's my son's favorite recipe and he requests it whenever he comes home to visit. I often double the recipe so that we have leftovers for the next day's lunches. —Michele Orthner, Edmonton, Alberta
Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 slice white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 cups uncooked instant brown rice


  1. In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, carrots and green pepper in oil until tender. Add the tomato sauce, broth, pineapple, brown sugar, vinegar and ketchup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the egg, milk, bread, zucchini, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Carefully add to tomato mixture. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink.
  3. Add rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 389 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

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