One-Pot Saucy Turkey Meatballs Recipe (and a giveaway!) #TastyAndLean

One-Pot Saucy Turkey Meatballs Recipe (and a giveaway!) #TastyAndLean

Happy 2018! How is it going so far? I know that as much as I enjoy the holiday season I’m sort of glad to see it over too. Holidays are a lot. There are just so many things to do that time of year that it’s nice to have time to breathe again. And it’s really nice, especially with a little one in the house, to get back to a regular routine. I’m not one for making New Year resolutions but since the holiday season can throw things like your sleep routines and your usual diet, out of whack, I do find this time of year to be good for a bit of a reset – getting to bed on time, throwing in some down time to recharge and getting back to our usual health eating habits.

Healthy eating means something different for everyone. But I think that, as parents, we all agree that, whatever your definition of healthy eating is, it’s an important part of raising healthy kids! And I also think a lot of us can agree that sometimes that goal is a challenge to meet. Even with the holidays behind us, so many of us have a lot on our plate and can find our time stretched a little thin. And our wallets. But being resourceful is a skill that parents learn pretty quickly so we manage to find ways to keep our families well fed without busting the bank. We all have our go to ingredients and one of my favorites is Canadian turkey!

Why Canadian turkey? Oh let me count the ways. We can start with versatility. Everyone loves roast turkey right? What about turkey sausage? And ground turkey is a perfect substitution in so many recipes. Turkey is nutrient-rich and packed full of lean protein to help you fuel your day. And let’s not overlook the fact that turkey just tastes great! If you’ aren’t a regular turkey eater, or even if you are but need some more inspiration, then you really should visit the Canadian Turkey website. It’s a great resource for all things Canadian turkey, including tons of delicious recipes! I’d actually like to share one of those recipes with you here. These One-Pot Saucy Turkey Meatballs are so easy to make and you don’t need much more to have a complete meal on the table. And bonus, they freeze well so you can make nice big batch to have on hand.

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One-Pot Saucy Turkey Meatballs
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ lbs ground Canadian turkey
  • 1 large Canadian turkey sausage (1/3 lbs), removed from casing
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped or grated onion
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (homemade or store bought)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Pour milk into breadcrumbs and let soak until fully absorbed, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook onions until translucent and cooked through but not browned, 3 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large-size mixing bowl. Do not overwork to keep the meatballs light and fluffy.
  5. Use a standard size ice cream scoop to evenly portion out meatball mixture into a large size oven-proof skillet or frying pan. Use the palms of your hands to roll into balls.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven.
  7. Add tomato sauce to meatballs and gently simmer over low heat for 20 – 30 minutes.
  8. Serve.
Notes
Tip: These meatballs can be portioned out and frozen for a quick weeknight meal or lunch. Serve over rice, pasta, zucchini noodles or on their own with a hearty salad.

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  62. Debbie White Beattie
    Friday 9 February 2018, 5:35 am

    Turkey is nutritious because it’s got high quality protein, it’s lean, it gives you iron, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin D, potassium and phosphorus

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    Friday 9 February 2018, 10:49 am

    Eating healthy is easy with turkey a lean & nutrient-rich food that fits into a high-quality diet.

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