Italian Meatball Sliders

Smothered in marinara sauce and oozing with melted cheese, these sliders are seriously indulgent snack food. Your male guests will happily chomp away on these meaty bites – but only you'll know that they're less than 225 calories per serving!
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Meatball Sliders Recipe

Nutritional Bonus: These sliders provide 11 grams of lean, metabolism-boosting protein in every serving. Studies show that consuming enough protein is a key factor for controlling your weight, as it keeps you feeling full and satisfied.

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  • 12Servings

Ingredients

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup minced roasted red bell peppers (packed in water and drained)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup natural jarred marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 24 cocktail-size whole-grain pitas or buns, split, toasted lightly if desired

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine turkey, garlic, egg white, onion, bell peppers, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper. Gently mix until combined. Using a spoon or small scooper, form into patties about 1 scant tbsp each, making about 24 sliders; place on sheet. (MAKE AHEAD: Prepare patties up to 1 day in advance, wrap tray in plastic wrap and refrigerate.)
  3. Transfer to oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip patties over. Bake for 5 more minutes. Remove patties from oven; spoon marinara over each patty and sprinkle each with cheese, dividing evenly. Switch oven to broiler setting on high, return to oven and broil for 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked through and cheese is bubbling. Using a fork or tongs, transfer each patty into a pita or bun.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 sliders
  • Calories: 213
  • Carbohydrate Content: 29 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 21 mg
  • Fat Content: 4 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 554 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g