With a family of healthcare providers, holidays are rarely celebrated on the actual holiday date. So, this year my extended family is getting together for the Huskers v.s. Hawkeye football game/Thanksgiving celebration. What do you do – full-blown Thanksgiving dinner? Football Fare? How about both? This recipe is one that automatically comes to mind. It is a delicious twist to the traditional turkey and cranberries. 


Saucy Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

Serves: 12 (2-3 meatballs each)

All you need:

1 lb. ground Smart Chicken or Turkey

½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs

1 egg

1 (8 oz) can whole cranberry sauce

1 (8 0z) can tomato sauce

2 T. horseradish

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 T. lemon juice

 All you do:

  1. Mix ground chicken, breadcrumbs and egg in a bowl. Shape into 1 ½ inch balls. Note:  An ice cream scoop is a great way to get nice, round and evenly sized meatballs.

Uncooked meatballs

Ground Turkey or Chicken 

2. Cook meatballs in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat about 10 minutes, turning occasionally to brown. Note:  sometimes the become misshapen when cooked in a skillet. Baking them in the oven on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes will help retain the nice round shape!

cooked turkey meatballs 

 Cooked turkey meatballs sans sauce 

3. Stir remaining ingredients into skillet with meatballs. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered about 10 minutes; stirring occasionally. Note, this last step can be done in a slow cooker. Cook for at least 1 hour on low, then turn to warm to serve.
Finished meatballs 

 Nutrition Facts: per serving 100 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 160 mg sodium,11 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 9 g protein


Shannon Frink

Shannon Frink is a registered dietitian and busy mom of two active boys. She knows the challenges of being a professional mom with the need to get a healthy, wholesome meal on the table – Quick! Shannon is the registered dietitian at Mary Lanning Heathcare Wellness department, where she has the unique opportunity to assist busy employees and community members to make healthy lifestyle choices! Shannon is Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and is an active member of the Nebraska Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and the Central Nebraska District Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, as well as, a volunteer in the community. Shannon enjoys following her kids many activities, camping, biking, skiing with her family, trying new recipes, and participating in fitness classes and leagues.