As I got older I realized that some of my dinner staples had to be tweaked to better suit my body’s changing metabolism. I’m a foodie, so eliminating tasty food was never part of the plan! Instead, I opted for creating healthier versions of dishes I enjoyed. I’d like to share one of these recipes with you today: turkey meatballs! Bon Appetite!
Helpful Tip: Make more than you need so you can use it throughout the week: turkey meatball sub, turkey meatball salad, etc. You can also freeze some of the uncooked meatballs to cook later. Baking the meatballs instead of cooking them on the stove top is another great option.
Here’s a list of the ingredients I used to prep and cook about 12 medium-sized meatballs in a light gravy.
- 1 lb of ground turkey
- 2 medium-sized onions (1 for prep + 1 for cooking)
- 4 green serrano peppers (2 for prep + 2 for cooking)
- 4 tomatoes (for cooking)
- 1 squeezed lemon (for cooking)
- 1 cup of cilantro (for prep + cooking)
- 2-3 cloves of minced garlic (for cooking)
- olive oil or your oil of preference (for prep + cooking)
The remainder of the ingredients will vary in amount depending on your preference. Season to your liking.
- ground cayenne pepper
- ground cumin
Let’s get started!
1. Add 1 diced onion, 2 fine chopped green serrano peppers, 1/2 cup cilantro, cayenne, salt, pepper and cumin to the ground turkey in a mixing bowl. Next, drizzle a little olive oil all over (this will make forming the meatballs easier and less sticky).
2. Mix all the ingredients together really well with your hands.
3. Take scoops of ground turkey and start making meatballs. Roll with your hands until they’re smooth and have a good shape. I make mine the size of golf balls, relatively.
4. Drizzle your pot or wok with olive oil. Next, add 1 chopped onion, 2 diced green serrano peppers, 4 chopped tomatoes and 2 cloves of minced garlic. I like to add a little more seasoning to spice it up (picture on right).
5. Gently slide the meatballs from the plate into the pot (picture on left). Do not mix or stir at first. Let the meatballs cook. When the meatballs start to brown (picture on right), you can stir gently.
6. Cover the pot and let the meatballs cook. Check often and gently stir.
7. Cut a piece to see if it’s done. And then enjoy!
Let me know how it turns out!