Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Turkey Meat Balls

TURKEY "Meatballs"

I'm Sicilian and I love anything that can be eaten with marinara sauce. One of my favorite meals are these turkey meatballs with any veggie that sautes well with garlic and olive oil (broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, etc). I top my veggies with a couple of meatballs and smother it all in marinara. Look for a marinara sauce that's low in sugar and has a "near to homemade taste." My favorite is Trader Joe's brand original marinara. Or make one at home like this Marinara Sauce.

I like to make a ton of these ahead of time to eat as a meal on the go, but they can also be frozen and reheated at a later date. Enjoy! 


  • 2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Greek non-fat yogurt*
  • 3 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 2 eggs whites
  • 1/4 cup Almond Flour  + 1/4 cup for rolling balls in  
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • Olive oil or Coconut Oil

  • Directions:  
    1. Use cooking spray, olive or coconut oil to prepare a large skillet (use enough spray to cover just the bottom of skillet). Add onion and stir briefly, add garlic and spinach . Stir fry for 2 minutes, then remove from stove to cool. 
    2. Place almond flour on a large plate (for ease in creating the balls). With a wooden spoon, mix together turkey, eggs, salt, pepper, sautéed onions and spinach, and almond flour. Form a tablespoon size of the turkey mixture in the shape of ball. Place each meatball in skillet and fry until slightly brown. Slightly press the center of each meatball to make sure the center cooks.
    *Go dairy free by omitting the yogurt and doubling the pumpkin.

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