Easy Turkey Meatballs

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http://irinakirilenko.com/?deribaska=cfx-broker-demokonto&37e=63 This was an accidental success. I had planned on making a turkey meatloaf, but hadn’t planned ahead and didn’t have half the ingredients. So, I scoured the refrigerator and came up with this egg-free, grain-free version of turkey meatballs. They were a hit with everyone! I’m guessing as to the measurements, and will modify later when I remake it and test it again. However, like all good meat-ish recipes, I think it’s best to make your own and get creative…so use this as a spring board for your next “oh crap, I went to the grocery store but only remembered wine and lara bars” night.

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Turkey Meatballs with Ricotta & Spinach
Yields 12
An easy make-ahead sort of mix you can modify with whatever flavors or items you have on hand. By using whole milk ricotta (the fat is great for developing brains!), baking at 350 and in a muffin tin, the lean turkey stays moist and the flavors are great! Plus, lots of veggies inside.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. raw ground turkey
  2. 1 egg OR 1 "flaxseed egg" (1T ground flaxseed + 3T water, combined until gel)
  3. 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  4. 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  5. 1 large handful baby spinach (approximately 1 cup, lightly packed)
  6. 1 red bell pepper, chopped finely
  7. 1 large shallot, chopped finely
  8. 1T fresh minced garlic
  9. 1/2T dried basil
  10. 1/2T dried oregano
  11. Salt & Pepper
  12. 1 6-8oz can of low sodium tomato sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 & spray bottoms of regular 12 count muffin pan
  2. Combine all ingredients (except turkey) into a large bowl.
  3. Add raw ground turkey, mixing just until well incorporated.
  4. Using hands (oil them first to prevent sticking), roll just larger than golf ball size balls and place into each tin. There should be just enough for 12 equal sized balls, give or take.
  5. Bake in oven until cooked thoroughly -- mine took just about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven & top with tomato sauce (or cook with it, I just wanted to serve some plain to reduce the mess!)
Notes
  1. This is hearty as a main meat side with lots of vegetables, or a great addition to a simple pasta. Very easy to slice in half or quarters for little eaters/hands -- and makes great leftovers for an easy lunch.
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