Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Meatballs

Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Meatballs

Today we have a WINNING recipe for you so that you can WIN in your nutrition and WIN in life!

Today’s WINNING recipe to meet Coach JC’s 10 WINNING Habits is Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Meatballs. Where are my veggies? Where is my lean protein?


For the Meatballs:

1 medium zucchini (7 ounces), shredded
1 1/4 pounds 93/7 lean ground turkey
1/4 cup seasoned whole-wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Ground black pepper, to taste

For the Sauce:

1 teaspoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, smashed slightly
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano
1 bay leaf
Black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


For the meatballs: Using paper towels, squeeze all the excess water from the zucchini. Put the zucchini in a large bowl, and add the turkey, bread crumbs, Romano, parsley, garlic, egg, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Gently form 24 meatballs (about 1 1/4 ounces each). Set aside.

For the sauce: In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker and add the tomatoes, Romano, bay leaf and pepper to taste.

Slowly drop the meatballs into the sauce so they are all in a single layer at the bottom of the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 4–5 hours, until meatballs are tender and cooked through. To serve, discard the bay leaf and garnish with basil.

You can eat over whole wheat pasta or better zucchini noodles (zoodles)!

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  • Meet Coach JC

    "If you want to WIN more in life you are in the right place my friend! I am blessed and privileged everyday to help people WIN more in life.

    I got my start as the youngest Director of Strength & Conditioning at the Division I level at Oral Roberts University and have been blessed to COACH professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and WNBA through Dynamic Sports Development. As an ENTREPRENEUR I then started Bootcamp Tulsa to help women WIN in their Fitness, Nutrition & in Life. On a daily basis I now run our Non-Profit, 501 (c) (3), Fit First Responders serving those that serve us everyday, our Police Officers, Firefighters, Medics and national Guard.

    If I'm not helping people WIN through my Performance Coaching you will find me motivating people on stage through my MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING in churches, companies, universities and athletic organizations. I even took some of that motivation and combined it with a winning game plan to author a few books. I love helping people WIN but there is nothing I'm more passionate about then being a FATHER to my beautiful daughter and a HUSBAND to my hot wife."

Coach JC