Fall is just beginning and I am super excited to eat some real hearty food again! Not only are these turkey meatballs loaded with vegetables, but they are also incredibly filling too. If you aren’t much of a turkey fan you can easily swap out the meat for chicken or even beef. Put these turkey meatballs on anything from rice to pasta. They are also delicious all on their own. Enjoy!
If I am not a big fan of turkey can I substitute another meat?
Yes, you absolutely can. Chicken or beef work equally well in these meatballs. The one thing I do like about turkey is that turkey meat is very lean and has a low-fat content. I usually select dark turkey meat as opposed to white turkey meat to give the meatballs as much flavor as possible. Your butcher at the local grocery store will most likely have dark turkey meat but if they don’t feel free to substitute with white turkey meat or any of the other suggestions above. My favorite brand of turkey meat is Mary’s Organic Turkey.
How should I eat these turkey meatballs?
These turkey meatballs are fantastic on their own if you want a lean and light meal. My favorite way to eat them is on a bed of spinach with a side of asparagus. If you want to add some more heft to the meal, feel free to put these turkey meatballs on top of rice or mix in with pasta. They are so versatile, you can’t go wrong.
What other vegetables could I add inside of these turkey meatballs?
If you don’t like the vegetables I added in this recipe or want to add more vegetables here are some great ideas: grated or minced zucchini, minced leeks, minced parsley, and grated or minced squash. I’m sure there are a million other ideas so if you think of one please let me know in the comment section below.
If you like these turkey meatballs you are going to love these other recipes on my blog:
Anna’s Turkey Meatballs
- 1 lb dark ground turkey meat
- 1/3 yellow onion finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 1/2 cups spinach finely chopped
- 1 cup shredded carrots finely chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp grapeseed oil for cooking
- Combine all ingredients (minus grapeseed oil) into a large mixing bowl and mix well.
- Form meat mixture into golf ball sized balls with hands. Set aside.
- Add grapeseed oil into a pan over medium high heat. Add in meatballs and cook on all sides (total cook time will be roughly 10 minutes). To help speed up the cooking process, you can cover the pan with a lid while cooking.