All the credit for this one goes to my Mother-in-law, Chris. I love how she takes something traditional and tweaks it to make it something healthier. The “healthier lifestyle” endeavor is something that I struggle with. I do love to eat healthy, but at times my body continues to crave the junk. And quite honestly something the healthier foods just don’t seem to taste quite as good. NOT So with these meatballs. I LOVE them! Better than your average meatball ANY day of the week. They are honestly very simple too. As always I try to kid approve all of my recipes. These are certainly kid approved! The carrot adds just a tad bit of sweetness that you don’t normally find. Even if you aren’t a spinach lover, the taste is so very subtle, if you can get past the idea of the spinach itself, you’ll barely taste it. I’d love to hear about any variations that you may come up with on your own.
Yes, my pan is scraped a bit, but please know it comes with a lot of use and love for food!
I do like to use fresh carrots, very thoroughly cooked, but of course you can use frozen and just cook them well so that you can mash the carrots. The key to these is to NOT cook them in a frying pan. I promise you they WILL fall apart! They do not keep their shape without adding extra’s that I prefer to not have in my meatballs. You can microwave them, but I honestly prefer to just bake them. It may seem somewhat odd, but it is the easier option. I’d love to know how yours turn out!
- one pound ground turkey
- ⅓ C cooked carrots mashed thoroughly
- ⅓ C chopped spinach
- Italian seasoning
- 2 Tbsp bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 375
- Put raw ground turkey in a bowl
- Mix in carrots, spinach, salt, seasoning and bread crumbs
- Roll into small balls, about golf ball size
- Place on a cookie sheet
- Bake 20-30 minutes until cooked thoroughly
- In the mean time prepare spaghetti and sauce
- Add meatballs to sauce, spoon over spaghetti, serve hot