TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH HIDDEN VEGGIES

 

 

So many of you asked for this recipe that I decided to post it on the blog.  I know this is a fashion blog but since I am a mom of three first... I am always trying to find healthy recipes for my picky little eaters!  It's a daily struggle in my house to get my little munchkins to eat their veggies.  So whenever I can sneak them in, I do!

 

Back when I was nursing my littlest babe, I watched a lot of TV during nursing time.  I always watched cooking shows and talk shows. One day I saw Martha Stewart show and Jessica Alba was on with her turkey meatball recipe. I made it shortly after that and discovered my kids actually liked turkey meatballs better than the pork/beef combo I usually made.  So over the last few years I have changed and adapted that recipe into this one. My kids LOVE it so in our house it's a staple. This recipe makes a ton of meatballs so I always freeze some for later.  Here it is....

 

Turkey Meatballs with Hidden Veggies

 

2  pounds of ground turkey

1 cup of panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup of finely copped carrots (I usually grate organic baby carrots)

1/4 cup of finely chopped kale

1/4 cup of chopped onion

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning 

1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

Sorry for the poor pic quality I hadn't planned on doing this blog post!

I would have gotten better pics! lol

 

 

Directions

 

1. In a large bowl combine turkey, panko, carrots, kale, onion, eggs, Italian seasoning,  & salt.  Then use a cookie scooper to scoop out one inch balls and put onto parchment paper on 2 cookie sheets.  Then I wet my hands and roll the scooped balls into nicely shaped meatballs. Using the cookie scooper ensures most are the same size, makes it much easier!

 

2. Heat olive oil in 2 large skillets over medium heat.  Add meatballs turning until brown about 9-10 minutes.

 

3. Place meatballs onto plate on top of a paper towel to soak up any grease.  It's ok if they aren't cooked 100% because then I place them into my favorite sauce to simmer for like 30 mins on low heat.  

 

I usually don't put them all into sauce since it makes so many.  I portion out what I need for that night then I separate them into groups of 8-10 to put into freezer bags. I label the bags and into freezer they go! That way I have them ready to go for the hectic school year! This recipe usually makes about 40 meatballs.

 

Serve over pasta or alone with a side of veggies!

 

 

I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine!

 

xx,

Jess

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