Ground turkey has been one of my favorite sources of protein since I started my healthy eating journey. It's quick to cook, sucks up flavor of anything you are cooking it with and it's very low cal. I love it!
For this particular recipe, I start by sauteeing my veggies. Anytime you are adding vegetables to meatballs, you should saute them first. This helps remove all liquid from vegetables, so they aren't released in the meatballs. You want their flavor, not liquid.
For this one, I started with bell peppers and onions. They take longer to cook, so they go in first. I use olive oil to saute in.
Next, chop spinach in a rough chop. It shrinks so much you don't need to chop it too fine. Add it and garlic to pan.
They take just a few minutes to cook down.
In bowl, add ground turkey, veggies, egg, parmesan, seasonings and almond flour.
Form into balls and place on a parchment lined baking dish.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 7-10 minutes. They cook quickly.
We served ours with a simple green salad. I generally try to fill my plate with ⅔ veggies, ⅓ protein and starches.
Sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!
Turkey and veggie meatballs
- 1 pound ground turkey I used extra lean
- ½ cup bell peppers, chopped
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup onions, chopped
- 1 ½ tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 cup spinach, chopped
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt, variable. Depends on your taste
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper- optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Saute bell peppers and onions in olive oil. To do this, heat your pan over medium heat. When it's heated, add olive oil and let this heat. Add the bell peppers and onions to pan. Let this cook for several minutes until the veggies have softened, stirring occasionally. Next add in minced garlic and spinach. Let this cook another 3-5 minutes. The remove from heat and let cool slightly. In separate bowl, add ground turkey, egg, almond flour, parmesan, seasoning, an cooled veggies. Mix well. Form into small balls, mine were about 2 tablespoons, I kept them consistent by using a portion scoop. Place them on a parchment lined baking dish. Bake about 7-10 minutes. They bake quickly. Careful not to over bake, they can dry out. You can eat them as is, like we did. Or you can serve them in a pita, with red sauce etc. They are versatile and delicious!Now, sit back and enjoy! you deserve it!