Healthy Turkey Meatballs
Why do easy weeknight meals seem so hard?
Put your hand up if you keep eating the same things, week after week, simply because it’s what you know. Every year, I see blog posts with “easy weeknight meal” ideas pop up and it’s because we are all CRAVING ideas! No one likes coming home at 5 pm, opening the fridge or freezer and thinking, “Crap, I guess it’s pasta, tomato sauce and vegetables again”. NO ONE! But it happens to all of us!
One of the ways I like to combat this is by having a few protein sources and some staple vegetables in my fridge/freezer. I usually have ground beef, ground turkey, chicken breasts, bacon and eggs on hand. On the veggie side, I always have romaine lettuce, that very-popular kale salad mix, mushrooms, a sweet potato and whatever else is seasonal (Right now it’s carrots, radishes and snap peas). Heck, I even have a can of mushroom soup on my shelf in case a quick casserole is the way to go. This way, I always know something is there and it’s quick and healthy to prepare. Always remembering to take the protein out of the freezer to defrost ... well, that’s another story.
I came across a version of this recipe from one of my favourite Calgary bloggers, Randall @HealthyFirsts back in March. She’s always posting great, simple recipes for tiny tots (Her little boy is 3!) and my thinking is, if they’re good for a toddler, they must be good for adults too! Randall is also a certified holistic nutritional consultant, so I know her recipes take into account what’s good for your body and soul.
Since discovering this recipe five months ago, it’s become a regular in my rotation of healthy meals. When I first made it, I didn’t have some of Randall’s original ingredients on hand so I made some substitutions (the mushrooms and breadcrumbs) and even so, they turned out to be a fantastic addition to my easy weeknight meal repertoire.
Tell me if you try adding any extra ingredients (Sneak those veggies in!) or spice them up in other ways. Randall and I would both love to know!
Healthy Turkey Meatballs
- 2 cups white mushrooms
- 2-3 cups leafy greens (I use the pre-mixed kale salad EVERYONE buys these days)
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ tsp. paprika
- 0.5 kg package ground turkey
1) Preheat oven to 350F. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2) In a food processor, grind down the mushrooms and leafy greens until small and crumbly.
3) Transfer vegetable mix to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients.
4) Using your hands, mix ingredients together until evenly distributed.
5) Roll mixture into palm-sized meatballs and place them 1-inch apart on the baking sheet.
6) Bake for 25 minutes. Cut into a meatball to check if they are fully cooked before serving!