The pros: Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs make for a quick dinner from the freezer that keeps the calorie check in count.
The cons: Not the greatest turkey meatballs that I’ve had before.
Which was my favorite? Personally, I liked the party sized the best. But it all comes down to why you are reaching for a certain bag. Each ones appeals to a different audience.
Now, I’ve had my share of homemade turkey meatballs and generally speaking they aren’t too bad. You can tell there is a substitution going on with them in terms of flavor.
And these are no different. This does have a browned (more so than with the other meatballs I’ve tried) exterior which means it’s probably best that you don’t heat these in the microwave like I did.
They were dense (and way denser than the other meat options) and not as airy as I hoped they would be. But with enough sauce they were much improved.
They were moist enough (if that phrase makes sense) since ground turkey is such a lean product to begin with. They weren’t homemade juicy, but close enough. There was some flavor, but not a ton.
You are saving quite a few calories by reaching for these. You can have two servings of these and have some calories left over by choosing this product in place of the Italian meatballs.
Since they are already fully cooked, these will always be a bit of a compromise in terms of what you get. They’ll never be as good as homemade.
But you are saving time. And kitchen mess too.
And they are priced right too at $3.99. You can buy ground turkey for $2.99 a pound, but you’ll need to put the time into making these (while making a mess in your kitchen).
So while the ones the beef ones will win in my book in terms of taste and texture, the savings in terms of calories seem like a worthy trade off. Add in some sauce, and you have a pretty good substitute.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked and made into a fancy dinner for one you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs again. I know what the tradeoffs are and to me it is worth it.
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