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Turkey meatballs with Creole sauce

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x


This recipe is from Slimming World’s Free Food Feasts recipe book (with permission)- very tasty!



  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 800 g lean turkey mince (5% fat or less)
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • small handful chopped fresh parsley
  • For the Creole sauce:
  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 6 celery sticks (finely chopped)
  • 3 peppers (deseeded and roughly chopped)
  • 2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Put all of the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat to low, season to taste and simmer for 15-20 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, spray a large ovenproof dish with low calorie cooking spray
  4. Put the turkey, thyme and chilli in a large mixing bowl and season. Using your fingers, mix well and roll into walnut-sized meatballs. Arrange the meatballs in a single layer in the ovenproof dish. Spray with low calorie cooking spray and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  5. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs to cover them evenly, then return the meatballs to the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Scatter over the parsley and serve with extra Speed vegetables


I served mine with both cauliflower rice and brown rice. If you can’t get hold of turkey mince you can either use pork mince (as I did), or you can whizz up chicken thigh fillets in the food processor to make your own mince.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes