With the seasons changing and spring arriving soon, it’s been busy around here to say the least. I feel like I have a million projects going on at once, each pulling me in a different direction. So I’m going to keep this post short and sweet.
I’ve been making variations on turkey meatballs for years. I rarely put eggs or breadcrumbs in my meatballs, so I guess you could say these are more like “burger balls” in that they contain not much else than meat and flavorings. When you’re working with something as lean as ground turkey breast, it’s essential to keep the meat moist with lots of vegetables or herbs so that they don’t become little hockey pucks in the oven.
I use parsley in these meatballs as my go-to herb of choice since I almost always have it in my fridge. But cilantro or dill would be tasty as well. Feel free to change it up to your tastes. I’ve been mixing and matching herbs and vegetables for years and never grow tired of making these healthy, high-protein balls on busy weeknights.
Shredded Vegetable Meatballs
Makes 12 meatballs
I like these meatballs simply served over mixed salad greens tossed with veggies. You could also serve them with tomato sauce and brown rice noodles for a healthy take on spaghetti and meatballs, or nestle them in a bed of lightly salt-and-peppered spaghetti squash strands. They make an excellent high-protein snack dipped in salsa, too.
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 small zucchini, shredded on the large holes of a box grater (about 1/2 cup)
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded on the large holes of a box grater (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Use your hands to work the mixture into a cohesive mass. Form into 12 meatballs of even size. Place on baking sheet.
- Bake meatballs for 23-25 minutes until cooked through but still juicy.
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