Saturday, April 19, 2014

Turkey & Spinach Meatballs


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey 
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach 
  • 1 yellow or green Italian squash, chopped 
  • 1/2 onion, diced 
  • 1/2 slice whole wheat bread, crumbed 
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 4 servings spaghetti, cooked
1. In a food processor, add diced onions, chopped squash, spinach, garlic, & parsley. 
Pulse until finely chopped.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add turkey, spinach puree from processor, bread crumbs, & all seasonings. Mix by hand until all ingredients are well combined.

3. Using a large spoon, scoop turkey mixture & roll into an even ball. Place on foil.

3. Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add meatballs & brown 2-3 minutes on each side.

4. In a large pot, bring your favorite marinara sauce to a light boil. I personally like a homemade sauce or Trader Joe's Three Cheese Marinara. 
Stir the meatballs into the sauce, cover & simmer on low for 20 minutes.

5. When sauce is done, toss with cooked spaghetti & serve warm.

Plate Finished Product


There is something about comfort food like spaghetti and meatballs that makes dinner so amazing. The only problem is the massive amount of carbs & calories! I created these meatballs in hope of decreasing the calorie intake, yet keeping the classic comfort taste. I think they are a perfect twist on make a comfort classic on the healthier side.


This recipe can be modified to your food needs. If you want to make this a Paleo approved, Whole30, or Gluten Free dish, you can remove the breadcrumbs & use spaghetti squash or zucchini in place of the pasta. I like these meatballs with or without the spinach, the zucchini holds in the moisture & still makes for a great meatball. You can also use fresh herbs which will make this dish even more delicious! If you want to add some heat add a 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. If use no pepper at all if spicy is not your thing ;)

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