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Spinach Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Meatballs (using ground turkey!)

19 Jun

I have been hooked on ground turkey lately. It really is just so delicious, and spices things up for the typical chicken I was having for dinner almost every night. Plus, it is so versatile! You can eat it on the side as your protein with any meal, on top of a salad for taco salad (recipe here), or put it in tomato sauce and scoop it onto some noodles or spaghetti squash! The possibilities are endless.

So after eating a whole pound of the stuff just cooked up plain in various ways, I decided to branch out and try making something out of it; something like meatballs. But when I make something, it can never be just an ordinary recipe, there has to be a ton of flavor to it. So, I added some delicious vegetables, herbs, and seasonings, and the result was incredible! I will definitely be making more of these to freeze so that I can have them whenever I want :) Hope you enjoy!

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Spinach Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Meatballs (using turkey)
-1lb ground turkey
-2 handfuls spinach, torn into small pieces
-1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
-1/2 cup canned artichokes, diced
-1T each (dried): basil, oregano, thyme, onion, parsley
-1tsp garlic puree (or finely chopped garlic) and sea salt
*No need for egg with ground turkey, held together perfectly! If using real ground meat, may need to use 1 egg or 2 egg whites or flax egg (1T flax+3T warm water)
Directions: Place ground meat in big bowl. Gather all vegetables and place into the bowl. Combine with big spoon or hands. Place all herbs and seasonings into meat mixture, and combine until thoroughly mixed. Shaped into small balls and place on cookie tray. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Take out and move around to brown the other side. Bake for 5 or 10 minutes more depending on size of meatball. Take out, and enjoy! Great just by itself or on top of squash/noodles!

Turkey Benefits:
1) One 3.5 oz serving is packed with 30 grams of protein and only 4 grams of fat
2) Loaded with B vitamins:phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and iron
3)Rich in Selenium–antioxidant necessary for thyroid metabolism
4)Contains tryptophan–amino acid that triggers serotonin production and aids in sleep

Spinach Benefits
1)Loaded with fiber–aids in digestion and curbs overeating
2)Contains flavonoids–phytonutrient with anti-cancer properties
3)Anti-Inflammatory
4)Rich in Anti-oxidants
5)Lowers Blood Pressure
6)Aids in immunity (high in vitamin A)
7)Vitamin A–promotes healthy skin
8)Rich in vitamin K–good for bone density and crucial component for preventing calcium build up

Source: HealthDiaries.com and MensHealthMagazine
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13 Responses to “Spinach Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Meatballs (using ground turkey!)”

  1. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race June 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I’m gonna need a lot of tempeh with all your recipes. I have artichokes already and will substitute kale for spinach and voila…..the vegan version!

    • freshfitnhealthy June 20, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      Haha, ahh you keep tempting me with tempeh! I will have to buy soon and create something good :)

  2. alexadeemer June 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I love ground turkey! I always make turkey burgers with it and add in fresh peppers and onions!

    • freshfitnhealthy June 20, 2013 at 7:08 am #

      Isn’t it delicious?! Such a good thing to have as it is so versatile!

  3. Lexi's Clean Kitchen June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Sounds great!

  4. Jessica June 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi!
    On rippedrecipes.com is says that the turkey needs to be cooked and on here it doesn’t say if its cooked or raw. If it is cooked, do you cook it in a pan or boil it?

    • freshfitnhealthy June 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Jessica! No the turkey is not cooked before baking in the oven! I am so sorry for the mixed up information. Just mix the ingredients with the raw turkey, shape them into balls, and cook them! :)

      • Jessica June 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

        Thank you! I will be making them today… They look and sound delicious! 😃

      • freshfitnhealthy June 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

        They certainly are! You will have to let me know how you like them :)

  5. Rachel Senko October 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    I might have missed this but about how many meatballs does this recipe make?

    • freshfitnhealthy October 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Hi Rachel! I made mine into more of mini meatballs. So mine made a little over 30, but it would certainly not make that many if making a typical size meatball :)

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