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Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs

Farmersgirl Kitchen
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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 295 kcal


For the meatballs

  • 500 g turkey mince
  • 2 spring onions
  • 15 g ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp oil

For the sauce

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 red pepper
  • 12 mangetout peas
  • 6 baby corn
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp mango chutney
  • 1 tbsp marmalade
  • 1 tsp Clear Spring Umami paste with ginger optional


Make the meatballs

  • Mix together the turkey mince, 5 spice powder, finely chopped spring onion, salt and grated ginger in a bowl.
  • Form the mixture into small balls about the size of a walnut ( I made 20 meatballs from 500g of turkey mince)
  • Heat the oven to 160C
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a bowl mix together the cornflour and rice wine vinegar, then add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  • 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.
  • Add the meatballs and coat with sauce.
  • Serve with rice or other grains such as quinoa.


Total Calories 921
Calories per portion for 6 people 154 kcal + 60g dry weight quinoa (cooked) = 286 kcal per portion
Calories per portion for 4 people 230 kcal + 60g dry weight white rice (cooked) = 368 kcal per portion
60g dry weight quinoa – 132 cal
60g dry weight white rice – 138 cal


Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 25gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 660mgPotassium: 440mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1210IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
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