These delicious little turkey meatballs are so easy to throw together. They spend most of their time in the oven leaving you free to spend some quality time playing with your darling children/folding a load of laundry/emptying the dishwasher/painting your toenails* (*delete as appropriate).
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of cooking the same old family suppers. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for new recipes and flavours that can break the monotony of the weekly repertoire.
Turkey is not an ingredient that I use an awful lot of at home. I’m not usually a fan of the dry, roasted, Christmas kind but it’s a great alternative to chicken. These turkey meatballs are just so tasty, I’ll definitely be cooking with it more often. Turkey is a very rich source of protein which helps to stabilise post-meal insulin levels. It is also high in B vitamins, needed for energy production, amongst many other functions.
Another nutritional benefit of turkey meat is Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, which can raise serotonin levels and promote sleepiness. A good evening meal to give to children perhaps?
Serve these turkey meatballs with brown rice or quinoa as a nice alternative to pasta, or even a bit of sweet potato mash. Ooh, why not?
They’re also a great little addition to a lunchbox.
Recipe for Baked Turkey Meatballs
- 500g turkey mince (I like thigh mince as it's juicier, and cheaper!)
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 carrot
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 2 tins chopped tomatoes
- Grated cheese (preferably organic)
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4
- Place the onion, garlic, carrot, oregano, salt and pepper in a food processor and blitz
- Add this to the turkey mince in a large bowl
- Prepare to get your hands dirty
- Squish it all together and roll into balls and place in a cast-iron baking dish (if you have one)
- Drizzle with olive oil and bake the meatballs in the oven for 20 minutes
- Remove from oven and cover with chopped tomatoes and grated cheese
- Bake for another 20 minutes
- Enjoy with brown rice or quinoa as an alternative to pasta