Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tasty Turkey Meatballs

On top of spaghetti, all covered in cheese...

Turkey and Quinoa Meatballs
Recipe adapted from Whole Foods
Photos by Bake Yourself Happy

                                       Turkey and Quinoa Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa (we used garden veggie)
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup grated yellow squash
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 egg
  • Dash dried parsley

  1. PREPARE the quinoa according to package instructions.  Typically, this will involve bringing water to a boil and adding the quinoa.  Then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for roughly 15 minutes, until almost all water has disappeared.
  2. PREHEAT oven to 500F.
  3. PLACE foil on a baking sheet, then lightly spray the foil with cooking oil.
  4. COMBINE ground turkey, quinoa, carrots, squash, ketchup, minced garlic, soy sauce, salt, pepper, dried oregano, thyme, egg, and parsley.  Mix well with a metal spoon.
  5. USE your hands to form 18 balls, placing each on the baking sheet.  Make sure there is at least one inch between each ball.
  6. BAKE the meatballs for 12-18 minutes.  The meatballs should be slightly golden browned and cooked all the way through.  If you're nervous, cut one open to check it!  *Note - if you cut one open, you'll have to sample it...
  7. PLACE on top of spaghetti and marinara sauce (we used vodka sauce) or combine with BBQ sauce on a sandwich and enjoy!

Is there another way you've chosen to enjoy these turkey meatballs?  Share your explorations by leaving a comment below!

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