Kaylea Le
January 30, 2017
Dinner, Fast Food, Lunch

Turkey Meatball Sub Sandwich – A Free Cheat Meal Recipe

Hey there LOVElies! I seriously think the key to eating healthy is BALANCE.

If you void yourself of your favorite meals you are making it so difficult on yourself. Why not find healthier versions of your cravings??

One of my favorite sandwiches is a meatball sub, you know with the melted cheese dripping off the sides? Mmm YUM!

Today I wanted to bring you an adapted, healthier option for your favorite sub sandwich. This turkey meatball sub is only about 350 calories per serving and since it has ground turkey meat you are skipping out on the added fat that regular meatballs have.

Honestly I can’t tell  a difference between this recipe and a meatball grinder at my favorite sub shop!! Seriously.

Even Better:

This turkey meatball sub recipe keeps me from cheating on my healthy lifestyle!

This recipe will feed about 6 people and only takes about 30 minutes to whip up. All you working parents out there, this one is a shout out to YOU. Whip this up on a weekday night and a promise there will be no complaints and only empty plates from the kiddos… (and you)

I would serve with a nice side salad with some cool crisp veggies to compliment this warm, gooey deliciousness (and to add another serving of vegetables to your dinner).

Ingredients for Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

What you need for your meatball sub-

  • 1 lb of ground turkey meat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of dried breadcrumbs
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded low fat mozzarella
  • 8 buns of your choice (hot dog buns, hoagie buns, ciabatta rolls)

How to make your turkey meatballs-

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Foil line a pan and spray with non stick spray
  3.  Heat sauce in a sauce pan on low on stove
  4. Combine: turkey, egg, oats, basil, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well
  5. Roll into balls about 2 inches wide and evenly spread on foil lined pan
  6.  Cook for 10-15 minutes
  7.  Remove from oven and place with sauce in saucepan

Rolled Balls Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Assemble that sandwich!-

  1. Turn on broiler
  2. Slice open one edge of your buns
  3. Place meatballs and sauce in your opened bun
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella
  5. Place on pan and in the boiler
  6. Remove once cheese has melted

Top View Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

If you enjoy meal prepping for dinnertime, you can mix up all the ingredients ahead of time and freeze the meatballs. Just let them thaw and bake as directed! I have even frozen leftover meatballs that were fully cooked and reheated them for a quick one-serving sandwich! Just wait until you are ready to eat before you add the tomato sauce.

More Veggies?

Throw some sautéd onions, mushrooms, or bell peppers on that sandwich. No one is stopping you! (Just send me a picture before you eat it!)

Let me know what you think about this recipe. Am I crazy for thinking these taste the exact same as my favorite meatball sub? Tweet at me! I am dying to hear from you guys.

Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Happy Eating!

Founder of Kayleasopenbook.com, provides creative ideas of food & drinks to look and taste extraordinary. Her goal is to inspire people to enjoy spending more time in the kitchen. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+