Sweet & Savory Turkey Meatballs over Basmati Rice

By Stonyfield

Ready for a new spin on a classic meatball recipe? Here, we used lean ground turkey and incorporated healthy dried apricots to make this dish too good-for-you to be believed. The best part? These meatballs are just as delicious served with pasta.

Ready In: 55 mins

Level: Easy

Prep: 32 mins

Cook: 23 mins

Yields: 5 Servings


  • 1 1/4 c dried apricots (chopped)
  • 2 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 T sugar
  • 3/4 T cinnamon
  • 20 oz ground turkey (1 package)
  • 3/4 c plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg (lighly beaten)
  • 1 1/4 c Stonyfield Organic Plain Lowfat Yogurt
  • 1 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1 1/4 c basmati rice (rinsed)
  • directions

    Step 1

    Heat oven to 400°. Line two rimmed baking sheets with nonstick aluminum foil.

    Step 2

    Place apricots, onions, water, sugar and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat; cook 5 minutes. Remove apricot mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth.

    Step 3

    Place turkey, bread crumbs, egg, 1/2 cup of the yogurt, 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper in a medium-size bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of apricot mixture until well blended. Shape into about 40 1-inch meatballs, using 1 heaping tablespoon to form each. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake for about 18 minutes or until internal temperature registers 165° on an instant read thermometer.

    Step 4

    Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions; transfer to a serving bowl. Stir remaining apricot mixture, 3/4 cup yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon salt into rice. Serve immediately with meatballs.

    make it with yogurt instead!