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5-2 diet turkey meatballs

5-2 diet turkey meatballs with simple spicy tomato sauce

A simple and tasty low calorie option to use up turkey leftovers from Christmas or thanksgiving
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 164 kcal
Author Fiona Maclean



  • 350 g Cooked Turkey Meat Finely chopped or processed through a food processor
  • 50 g Breadcrumbs or 25g leftover bread based lemon and sage stuffing and 25g of breadcrumbs
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 pinch Smoked Paprika more if you are only making spiced meatballs
  • 1 pinch Ground Coriander more if you are only making spiced meatballs
  • 1 pinch Ground Cumin Seeds more if you are only making spiced meatballs
  • 1 Medium Onion Very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower oil or 1cal spray


  • 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 dash Chilli Sauce I used Luchito
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped

1 teaspoon Olive oil

  • 1 handful Parsley Chopped



  1. If you are using left over stuffing as I did, divide the turkey meat in half.

  2. To make the lemon and sage meatballs, mix half the meat with the stuffing and half the onion and egg whites. Blend together with your hands
  3. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To make the spicy meatballs, add the breadcrumbs remaining onion, and the spices to the remainder of the meat. Mix well together with your hands.

  5. Shape into small balls about the size of a quail egg.
  6. Either heat the oil in a large frying pan or spray with lo-cal spray.

  7. Gently fry the meatballs turning regularly, till golden brown on all sides. You may want to drain on kitchen paper if you've used oil to fry rather than spray

  8. Put to one side while you make the sauce


  1. Fry the onion in oil till translucent and soft
  2. Add the tomato and chilli sauce and cook to reduce down by about a third.
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. To serve, heat the meatballs in the oven at 160c for about 10 minutes and warm the sauce through. If you are doing this on a 5-2 diet fast day, then serve with green salad. On other days you may chose to serve with pasta or rice. Serve the meatballs with a little sauce and with chopped parsley to garnish

Recipe Notes

This is a good way to use leftover turkey meat. You can freeze these meatballs and re-heat in the oven for about 20 minutes from frozen.