Naked Meatballs With Citrus Guac

Naked Turkey Meatballs With Citrus Guac
Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD
Total Time: 45 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Servings: 10 (1 ball and 1 tbsp guac)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

105 calories
7g fat
2g carbs
8g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 (1 ball and 1 tbsp guac)
Amount per serving  
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 8g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 166mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

A typical meatball recipe may call for high-FODMAP ingredients like garlic, onions, and breadcrumbs. These meatballs have none of that. Apart from flavorful seasoning and spices they're pretty much "naked," so you don't have to worry about triggering IBS symptoms.

The guacamole dip is naturally sweetened with orange juice. One fresh orange is considered low-FODMAP because of its balanced fructose content, and orange juice is safe in up to half-cup portions. The citrus and avocado pairing makes for a flavorful, heart-healthy addition to the subtly cinnamon-flavored turkey meatballs.


  • 1 pound 85% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and mashed
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • zest from 1 medium orange
  • pinch red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 teaspoon, optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Combine the ground turkey, salt, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin in a bowl. Don't be afraid to use your hands to incorporate the flavors in!

  3. Form the mixture into round balls with your hands. You should have 10 medium meatballs when you're done.

  4. Arrange the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

  5. As the meatballs are finishing up baking, combine the remainder of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. You should end up with about a tablespoon of guacamole per meatball.

  6. Remove the meatballs from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Limes, lemons, and pineapple are also IBS-friendly. Swap out the orange juice and zest for lime and lemon juice and zest for a more traditional guacamole. Try pineapple juice and omit the zest for a more tropical version.

You can also make these meatballs using ground chicken, which also pairs well with guacamole.

Omit the red pepper flakes if you don't like your food spicy or if spicy food triggers heartburn or other digestive issues.

Low-FODMAP recipes generally omit garlic and onions because they are high in fructans. However, if you've reintroduced these foods or found that you can tolerate fructans, feel free to incorporate two medium chopped garlic cloves or half a finely chopped onion into the ground turkey mixture.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Insert toothpicks into the meatballs to serve as an appetizer or incorporate the meatballs into a full meal. You can serve with a side of grilled vegetables (a few low-FODMAP choices include zucchini, green beans, bell peppers, carrots, and parsnips) or over mashed potatoes (potatoes are considered low-FODMAP, but if you're using sweet potatoes stick to a half-cup serving).

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