When I graduated high school and went off to college, I had no idea how to cook. I lived in the dorms for the first 2 years, which didn’t come with a kitchen, so I didn’t have to worry about cooking! When I was able to move into a place with a kitchen, I knew I needed to learn how to use it. I still have distinct memories of calling my mom asking how to bake chicken and boil rice (thanks mom 😛 ) . One of the first meals I learned how to cook was a dish I grew up eating regularly. My Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy is comfort food in a bowl. Flavorful turkey meatballs cooked in a decadent, yet healthy, creamy mushroom gravy served over a bed of rice. This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each serving is 7 SmartPoints.
There are a handful of meals that I remember eating as a child and these dishes were basically all that I cooked during my years at college. I slowly learned how to cook during college, but it wasn’t until I started my Weight Watcher journey after college that I really expanded my cooking skills and learned how to cook without following a recipe. Lately, the dishes that I ate as a child keep creeping up in my thoughts and now that I know how to make my own recipes, I find myself recreating and transforming the recipes my mom has passed down to me.
A few of my favorite childhood dishes are Beef Stew (which I recently transformed into Slow Cooker Mexican Beef & Vegetable Stew), Cheese Enchiladas (coming soon to the blog!), Chili (which I recently transformed into Slow Cooker Beef & Bean Texas Chili), Goulash (on my list of recipes to recreate!), and “meatballs & rice”, which is this recipe. A few months ago, I decided it was time to transformed my childhood meal of “meatballs & rice” into Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy. Creamy mushroom gravy mixed with spiced meatballs on a bed of fluffy rice… seriously delicious! When I made this the first time, I was even more excited for my husband to try one of my childhood dishes. I was a bit nervous because I wanted him to love it just as much as I did, and he did!
I love a good meatball and the meatballs in this recipe are delicious and easy to make! All you do is mix lean ground turkey, salt and pepper, Cajun seasoning, breadcrumbs, egg white, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley. Mix all ingredients until well combined, then form into 20 meatballs.
In a large skillet, sear each side of the meatballs for a few minutes then bake in the oven for 12 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking in the oven, make the mushroom gravy. The recipe my mom passed down to me calls for canned of cream of mushroom soup, but for this recipe I make my own sauce. I LOVE, LOVE mushrooms (and my mom doesn’t) so I have a feeling that’s why she didn’t uses canned cream of mushroom soup (canned cream of mushroom barley has any mushrooms) 😛 . After you make your own cream of mushroom sauce, you will see just how easy it is!
To make the sauce, melt light butter in a skillet, then add diced mushrooms and onions and cook for a 10 minutes. Once the onions are translucent, add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. What makes this a sauce starts with creating a roux. Once the vegetables have cooked, add flour and cook for a few minutes. Slowly whisk in half & half and vegetable broth whisky vigorously to break up the clumps. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce to simmer to let the sauce thicken up. Once the meatballs have baked, add them to the sauce and cook for 10 minutes or so.
Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Gravy is a nod to comfort food I grew up eating. Flavorful turkey meatballs cooked in a decadent, yet healthy, creamy mushroom gravy and served on a bed of fluffy rice. Delicious, easy to make, and hearty! This is a low fat meal with only 7 grams of fat!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!