Low Calorie Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs

5:2 Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Do you indulge yourself when you are on holiday?  I certainly do, so now the holidays are over it’s back to counting calories and cutting out cakes from my diet.  However, that doesn’t have to mean dull and boring food,  I’m on a mission to make some of my favourite dishes lower in calories. First up is Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs, the recipe is packed with flavour and comes in at under 300 calories including a portion of quinoa. Low Calorie Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs THE 5:2 FASTING DIET: You can read about my holiday indulgences in French Cheese Cake in the Charente-Maritime  It must have been the French cheese that piled on the pounds…it couldn’t possibly have been the wine and delicious Pineau de Charentes… everyone knows that wine has no calories when you are holiday…don’t they?

An impressive French Cheese Cake: a stack of cheeses decorated with leaves, herbs and flowers.

I’ve been managing my weight with the 5:2 Fasting Diet for about 18 months now, it’s pretty simple to follow and ideal if you have a hectic schedule and your life doesn’t allow you to follow a routine.  I simply have two days in every week when I eat 500 kcal,  men are allowed 600 kcal.   On the other five days of the week, I eat normally. That doesn’t mean eating everything under the sun and expecting to lose or maintain weight, but you can eat sensibly and enjoy some higher calorie foods on your non-fasting days.  


Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs
Serves 4
This low calorie Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs recipe allows you to enjoy all the sweet and sour flavour with the minimum calories.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
For the meatballs
  1. 500g turkey mince
  2. 2 spring onions
  3. 15 g ginger, grated
  4. 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 2 tsp oil
For the sauce
  1. 1 tsp oil
  2. 1 red pepper
  3. 12 mangetout peas
  4. 6 baby corn
  5. 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  6. 1tsp cornflour
  7. 4 tbsp oyster sauce
  8. 3tbsp rice wine vinegar
  9. 2tbsp ketchup
  10. 1 tsp mango chutney
  11. 1 tbsp marmalade
  12. 1 tsp Clear Spring Umami paste with ginger (optional)
Make the meatballs
  1. Mix together the turkey mince, 5 spice powder, finely chopped spring onion, salt and grated ginger in a bowl.
  2. Form the mixture into small balls about the size of a walnut ( I made 20 meatballs from 500g of turkey mince)
  3. Heat the oven to 160C
  4. Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok or saute pan and fry the turkey meatballs until brown on all sides, place the meatballs in an ovenproof dish and place in the oven for 15 minutes to ensure they are cooked through.
  5. Stir fry the red (bell) pepper, mangetout or sugarsnap peas, baby corn and garlic in the pan until they have taken on some colour and are starting to soften slightly.
  6. In a bowl mix together the cornflour and rice wine vinegar, then add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  7. Add to the stir fried vegetables and stir, add a little water if the sauce is too thick. Turn down the heat and cook for 2 minutes to ensure the cornflour starch is cooked out.
  8. Add the meatballs and coat with sauce.
  9. Serve with rice or other grains such as quinoa.
  1. Total Calories 921
  2. Calories per portion for 6 people 154 kcal + 60g dry weight quinoa (cooked) = 286 kcal per portion
  3. Calories per portion for 4 people 230 kcal + 60g dry weight white rice (cooked) = 368 kcal per portion
  4. 60g dry weight quinoa – 132 cal
  5. 60g dry weight white rice – 138 cal
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  add a little extra umami with Clear Spring pastes Now back to the Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs, making the meatballs is simple and adding flavours to the meatball mixture really helps to lift the turkey mince which can be a bit bland without a little help.  Using lots of vegetables helps too, not only with the flavour, but also with the calorie count.  Vegetables are generally lower in calories than meat or carbs and they help to fill you up.   Peppers, mangetout peas and baby corn


Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs are low calorie, and they are also a low-cost meal.  I calculated these prices from a leading supermarket, but you could probably get the cost down even further by buying at a market or a discount supermarket (prices calculated August 2016). Turkey Breast Mince £3.00 per 500g Red pepper 50p Baby corn and mangetout £1.60 Spring onions 12p Ginger 5p Oyster sauce 60p Rice wine vinegar 50p Chutney, ketchup and marmalade 20p Garlic 3p Oil and spices 10p £6.70 – 4 portions at £1.67 per portion  6 portions £1.12 per portion  (with quinoa £1.58 per portion) Quinoa –  60g –  47p

Low Calorie Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs


Get more 5:2 Diet Recipes from the  Pinterest Board 5:2 Fasting Diet  recipes from me at Farmersgirl Kitchen, Lavender and Lovage , London Unattached and Freycob Good Food Made Easy with more that we have pinned.  Read more about the science behind 5:2 intermittent fasting at The 5:2 Fast Diet

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Heidi Roberts

Those meatballs look absolutely delicious – would love some on my plate!


5:2 or not, I would happily indulge in these little beauties Janice!
Janie x

Claire Jessiman

Love the sounds of these! Impressed that you can also have grains alongside without bumping up the calorie count too much.


oh wow, isn’t it funny that ‘sweet and sour’ makes me feel old? I adore this recipe… love the turkey meatballs and the way you’re cooking them. Very on with the turkey mince!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

We love making sweet and sour meatballs for a quick and east meal, I actually have a similar recipe planned 🙂 it beats a takeaway any day!

Glamorous Glutton

These are great, I rarely cook with turkey, but i’m definitely going to try these. GG

Manjiri Chitnis

these look so delicious, I love that they are easy on the pocket and easy to make, I have to get back on the 5:2 and stop making excuses!