Jalapeño Pepper-Jack Turkey Meatballs

Y’all know one of my favorite flavor combinations is jalapenos and bacon. Remember my Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili? It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Well, I recently had the idea to make a more main dish version of the well-known appetizer. I mean, I made the chili and it’s become one of my favorite soups/chilis ever! Plus it’s one of our most popular recipes (have you tried it yet?), so it stands to reason that I need more of this in my life. I promise you need this in your life too. Bacon, wrapped around jalapeno seasoned ground turkey, stuffed with pepper-jack cheese? Yes, please!

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When I made these and served them to my family, I asked my youngest if he liked them. He just did this move…

Brady dab

I said, “what is that?!”

“A dab, Mom. That means I like it.”

Ha! Okay, I guess that’s a good review. Clearly, if my 7-year-old thinks these are dab-worthy, they must be good! ~Erin

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 3 fresh jalapenos
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 c. seasoned breadcrumbs (I used Progresso Garlic & Herb.)
  • 8 slices center cut bacon, cut in half
  • 3 oz. pepper jack cheese, cut into ¼ in. cubes (15 or 16 cubes)

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Seed & finely chop the jalapenos (remove all the seeds and ribs if you don’t want much spice – that’s where a jalapeno holds its heat).
  3. Mix the ground turkey, chopped jalapenos, egg, garlic salt, onion powder until well combined.
  4. Mix in the seasoned breadcrumbs until just combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Make a patty about the size of your palm, place a cube of cheese in the center and form the turkey around it to make a ball.
  6. Wrap the meatball in half a slice of bacon. (I find it helps to stretch the bacon a bit, lengthwise, beforehand.)
  7. Place on a baking sheet and repeat until you’ve made about 15 or 16 bacon-wrapped meatballs.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until bacon is fully cooked and meatballs are golden brown and cooked through.

WW Freestyle Info.: 2 points per meatball.

Jalapeño Pepper-Jack Turkey Meatballs

Main Dish, Uncategorized, Weight Watchers

Jalapeño Pepper-Jack Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

    Ingredients:
  • ~1 lb. 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • ~3 fresh jalapenos
  • ~1 egg, beaten
  • ~½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ~½ tsp. onion powder
  • ~1 c. seasoned breadcrumbs (I used Progresso Garlic & Herb.)
  • ~8 slices center cut bacon, cut in half
  • ~3 oz. pepper jack cheese, cut into ¼ in. cubes (15 or 16 cubes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Seed & finely chop the jalapenos (remove all the seeds and ribs if you don’t want much spice – that’s where a jalapeno holds its heat).
  3. Mix the ground turkey, chopped jalapenos, egg, garlic salt, onion powder until well combined.
  4. Mix in the seasoned breadcrumbs until just combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Make a patty about the size of your palm, place a cube of cheese in the center and form the turkey around it to make a ball.
  6. Wrap the meatball in half a slice of bacon. (I find it helps to stretch the bacon a bit, lengthwise, beforehand.)
  7. Place on a baking sheet and repeat until you’ve made about 15 or 16 bacon-wrapped meatballs.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until bacon is fully cooked and meatballs are golden brown and cooked through.

Notes

WW Freestyle Info.: 2 points per meatball.

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/03/15/pepper-jack-stuffed-turkey-meatballs/

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

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When your favorite Asian restaurant is an hour from home, you learn to improvise – or at least I do.  I’ve learned to make my two favorites: Lettuce Wraps and Orange Chicken (I’ll share the chicken recipe with you later).  I’ve tweaked these Lettuce Wraps to my family’s liking by adding a little spice.  We had these for dinner tonight and they’re delicious – and at 6 SmartPoints per serving (for four servings) you can eat a lot! All you’ll need to do is remember to buy some fortune cookies. ~Tracy

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey (I’ve also used very lean ground chicken)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about ¾ c.)
  • 2 oz. pine nuts
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • 1 T. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ c. hoisin sauce
  • 1 T. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 head lettuce or bunch of romaine lettuce

Instructions:

Rinse lettuce leaves, keeping them whole.  Set aside on paper towels to dry.

Cook turkey and onion together in large skillet.  Once turkey is approximately half cooked, add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and crushed red pepper.  Continue cooking.

When meat mixture is fully cooked, add water chestnuts, pine nuts, and green onions.  Cook until green onions just begin to wilt.  Stir in sesame oil.

Spoon mixture into the middle of a large lettuce leaf.  Fold or wrap lettuce leaf around meat mixture to eat.

WW Info.: Makes 4 servings.

Freestyle SmartPoints:  5 SmartPoints per serving.

Old SmartPoints:  6 SmartPoints per serving.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Main Dish, Uncategorized, Weight Watchers

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

    Ingredients:
  • • 1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey (I’ve also used very lean ground chicken)
  • • 1 medium onion, chopped (about ¾ c.)
  • • 2 oz. pine nuts
  • • 2 T. minced garlic
  • • 1 T. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • • ¼ c. hoisin sauce
  • • 1 T. minced fresh ginger
  • • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • • 1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • • 2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • • 1 head lettuce or bunch of romaine lettuce

Instructions

  1. Rinse lettuce leaves, keeping them whole. Set aside on paper towels to dry.
  2. Cook turkey and onion together in large skillet. Once turkey is approximately half cooked, add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and crushed red pepper. Continue cooking.
  3. When meat mixture is fully cooked, add water chestnuts, pine nuts, and green onions. Cook until green onions just begin to wilt. Stir in sesame oil.
  4. Spoon mixture into the middle of a large lettuce leaf. Fold or wrap lettuce leaf around meat mixture to eat.

Notes

WW Info.: Makes 4 servings. Freestyle SmartPoints: 5 SmartPoints per serving. Old SmartPoints: 6 SmartPoints per serving.

https://foursistersdish.com/2017/05/15/asian-lettuce-wraps/