This is another one of those recipes that came about out of necessity and having limited time. I came home from personal training at 8:30pm after all day at work. My husband was still working and I realized we had nothing to pack for lunches. (Packing lunch everyday is how this young couple saves $$$). I had thawed a pound of ground turkey overnight, so that was our only choice for our protein the next day! I decided to go with some kind of quick meatball type option and found things in the fridge to add to it!
In a large bowl, mix the following together–>
-1lb of 99% Lean Ground Turkey Meat (All Natural or Organic if possible!)
-1 egg beaten
-1/4 Cup of coconut flour (or 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs if you’re not going with a lighter gluten free option)
-1 Teaspoon parsley
-1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
-1/2 teaspoon of pepper
-2 teaspoons minced garlic (if you have garlic cloves on hand, feel free to chop and add even more than this. I just only had the seasoning)
-1/4 cup chopped onion (I always keep a bag of frozen chopped onion in the freezer because it lasts so much longer and is great to add to a lot of different meals)
-several handfuls of organic spinach; tear apart and add in the mixture.
-1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (I just chopped up organic cherry tomatoes into small pieces, but feel free to use canned or whatever veggies you have!)
After making sure all of the meat had been exposed to the seasonings, I turned the stove top heat on medium, and added olive oil to pan. I rolled the meat by hand into maybe 1 inch by 1 inch balls and placed them all around the pan. Once the bottom was browning, I turned them over. JUST to be sure they were cooked all the way through, I flattened them a bit so that’s why in the picture they’re not quite as round. I had to do 3 rounds of about 7-8 meatballs, and each round took around 6 minutes. I also added a little bit of olive oil each round since the meat soaked it up as they were cooking.
We had it for lunch with roasted green beans and brown rice, but feel free to serve with wheat pasta and pasta sauce, or with your veggie fried brown rice!