Hearty Turkey Meatballs

For those of you outside the Northeast, let me just tell you the situation around here – it’s a messy snowfest.

Sunday was nuts! It was literally a blizzard – There were terribly violent winds, lightening and thunder, and unrelenting snowfall that didn’t stop until Monday.  I couldn’t help but think the whole night, that maybe the Mayans have been right all along… Vehicles were covered to the tippy top in snow and nothing was paved the entire day!

Tuesday was better, but still nothing in my neighborhood was paved. And since I’m sans snow boots at the moment, I stayed home all day. Today I came to work, but still had to carefully maneuver my way around the massive snow piles, following the footsteps that walked before me. (Isn’t it weird how footsteps in unpaved snow always look like Big Foot made them?)

All that blizzard action called for a hearty meal, yet with all the holiday eating that happened a few days prior, we wanted something a bit healthier. We opted to make a lighter version of one of our favorite comfort foods. Our mouth-watering vision? Spaghetti and meatballs. We figured it would warm us up from the fright of the weather outside, yet keep our calories in check.  We sloshed our way to the store and picked up some lean ground turkey, whole wheat pasta and all-natural pasta sauce. Little did I know, that boyf had big plans for that lean ground turkey…

There’s not much of a recipe, since it was all whipped up in the moment, but here are some of the ingredients he used to make his JUMBO meatballs.

Ingredients:

  • Lean ground turkey meat (approx 1.5 lbs)
  • 2 eggs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients above in large bowl, using clean hands to mix. Form meatballs by taking portion of mixture and rolling lightly using palms of hands, taking care not to overmix. (Toughens meat) Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes (or until cooked all the way through) at 350 degrees.

The meatballs were surprisingly tender inside for their size, and had a nice crunchy texture on the outside due to baking in the oven. This amount made enough for dinner twice!

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