This recipe is similar to the turk-kale burger recipe I posted a few months ago. I originally made the meatballs because I planned meatball subs for dinner. I found discounted whole wheat sub rolls at Walmart so I stocked up and froze them. I thought this would make a quick weekday meal, but it took a little longer than expected. Forming meatballs and waiting for them to cook took about 30 minutes or more. I was going for 30 minutes from start to finish, but since these tasted so yummy I didn’t mind the extra wait (and neither did the rest of my family).
I added the spinach (kale is also an option) to make the meal healthier. When I do that, I like to add A LOT of greens. In my opinion, adding A LOT of greens means possibly getting a full serving of “greafies” in one meal. Because I can’t always control what my kids choose for lunch at school or had for breakfast at home, this meal ensures I pack in the vitamins they may have missed earlier in the day. As well, I am monitoring and reducing the egg and dairy intake of my family so I chose to go with an egg-free version of meatballs. There is no difference in taste at all, but it is certainly fewer calories (plus I didn’t use oil to cook the meatballs).
I planned to make all of the meatballs and freeze some for later use, but I got distracted that day. It actually turned out for the better because I would have made all meatball subs originally. Since I cooked the remaining meatballs days later, I made mostaccioli with meatballs and it was also YUMTASTIC! I’m convinced these meatballs will work well in any recipe. Try them with your favorite Italian dish and I’m sure you’ll be pleased!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: Makes approx. 30 meatballs
- 3 lbs ground turkey
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tbsp basil
- 2 tsp seasoned salt
- 2-3 cups fresh chopped spinach
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 6 tbsp water
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil and salt. Mix well.
- Add spinach to ground turkey and mix well. The mixture will be mostly green.
- In a small bowl, stir flaxseed meal and water until well blended.
- Add flaxseed meal mixture to ground turkey mixture and mix well.
- Heat large skillet on medium high heat.
- Place meatballs in skillet and cook on all sides until browned (about 5 minutes on each side).
- Serve hot or add to desired entree.