Those who follow DIY Home & Garden know that I’ve been on WW formerly Weight Watchers since last March. Total loss since then is just over 70 lbs. I hit my goal weight and have been maintaining my lost pounds. More importantly, I feel much better! One challenge… I still love cooking and eating tasty food. Fortunately, these air fryer turkey meatballs taste fantastic. And even better, a nice serving of 3 costs me only 1 smart point.
Be aware. The smartpoints value varies from plan to plan on the new customized myWW program. So, that three- meatball serving breaks down as follows:
- Green plan – 2 points
- Blue plan – 1 point
- Purple plan – 1 point
While I have done the points for you, it’s a great idea to always scan your foods to ensure accuracy, especially as WW updates programs frequently.
Selecting your meat for your Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
When you are selecting turkey at the store, scan. Scan. And scan. WW gives you amazing technology. Use it!
I find that 99% lean turkey scans for 0 points on my plan (blue). Furthermore, you’ll sometimes find variances in smart point values with different brands. That’s because some might add seasonings or sugar (yep, read the package and scan) to make the turkey tastier.
If you can’t find 99% lean poultry, you will need to recalculate the smartpoints value of this recipe.
This is a go-to trick that saves me tons of money…
Purchase an all-white meat whole turkey breast and ask your local butcher to remove the skin and grind it for you. Then, you can rest assured that you don’t have the fatty dark meat (which is what drives up the SP value on 93% lean selections) included in your poultry.
The whole breast is typically cheaper on a pound to pound comparison, so you should save some cash. You’re welcome.
Serving the air fryer turkey meatballs
Now, let’s be transparent. Turkey is not beef or pork. These meatballs are yummy, but they do not have the same rich flavors of those fattier meats.
They also need some moisture added to them when you serve them. They are not “dry” per se, but the texture is decidedly less moist than those made from fattier meat products.
The solution is to serve them with some kind of sauce. I make a homemade pizza sauce for zero points or a point-free vegetable marinara. I’ve also dipped them straight into Skinny Girl poppyseed dressing, which was super delish. You can also search the stores for salsas and sugar-free barbecue sauce that scans up a zero. The sky’s the limit, these will pair with about anything that you can imagine!
Just remember that the glazes or dipping sauces might carry a point value. This recipe tells you the smartpoints value of the meatballs only, not your dipping sauce. Most dips will have some points, but they are worth the flavor boost.
- 1 pound uncooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
- 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 egg, whisked with 1/4 cup of water
- 1 tsp. Mrs. Dash Herb and Garlic Seasoning
- Pam Olive Oil pump spray (3 pumps)
- Put the ground turkey into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the breadcrumbs, seasoning, and egg (whisked up with 1/4 cup of water). Mix all together until well-incorporated.
- Form 15 meatballs and place them in a single layer in your air fryer.
- Pump 3 sprays of Pam pump, ensuring you apply in a brushing motion to get a little bit of olive oil on each meatball.
- Air fry for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Serve with your choice of low points sauce or salsa.
Ensure that your turkey meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees at the end of the air fryer cycle. If the thermometer does not indicate that temperature, add back to the heat for 2 minutes.
Nutrition InformationYield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 102mgSodium 227mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 31g
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs…Quick and Easy to Fix
These turkey meatballs cook up quickly in your air fryer. While the recipe is simple, you can certainly add your personal favorite spices and seasonings to adjust them to your taste. While some people complain that turkey is bland or boring, I challenge you to look at it instead as a blank culinary canvas–ready for you to add your unique flair.