Total Choice Chia Meatballs

Enjoy this Italian-inspired classic with a healthy twist. These meatballs are full of flavor and contain less fat, calories and carbohyrates than the traditional dish. This classic comfort food just got a little more comfortable (for your waistline, that is)! Get the complete Total Choice Plan here.

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1 cup nonalcoholic red wine, grape juice, or red wine
2 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
2 tbsp chia seed
1 tbsp fennel seed
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp ground black pepepr
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 egg whites
3/4 cup ground whole-wheat bread crumbs
2 lbs 99% lean ground turkey breast

In a large bowl, combine liquid, garlic and chia seed. Set aside and allow chia seed to swell for 15 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Spoon and roll into 1-oz. balls and place on nonstick baking sheet or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Remove and serve or allow to cool and refrigerate.

Makes 10 servings; Serving size: 4 1-oz. meatballs

Calories: 140, Sodium: 290 mg, Sugars: 0 g, Cholesterol: 30 mg, Saturated fat: 0 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 20 g, Carbohydrate: 8 g