Turkey Meatballs with Spinach [Gluten Free]

The weather in New England lately has been so blah that instead of making burgers like I should be, I’m making meatballs! That’s ok- it will turn soon! Sunshine is in our future, I know it. So since it’s not exactly burger weather, I figured I’d make meatballs with my ground turkey instead.

I like hiding extra veggies in meatballs because if you chop them small enough you usually can hide the complaints from the peanut gallery. I use my ninja blender to chop the carrots up small and simply chop the fresh spinach. Mixed with fresh garlic, a few spices, egg and breadcrumbs and we’re good.

Except I hate using breadcrumbs! Have you seen the ingredient list in breadcrumbs? Too much crap- including high fructose corn syrup. Since I’ve seen that ingredient in popular breadcrumbs at the grocery store, I do my best to avoid using them. Usually I’ll put oatmeal in my meatballs/meatloaf but I just made almond meal so I thought I’d use that.

I’ve been making almond milk a lot lately and with the extra pulp, I found out how to turn it into a flour/meal (bake in the oven on low heat for 3 hrs). I consider it more of an almond meal because I don’t have anything to grind it up finely like a flour. This worked perfectly for my meatballs to create the thickness needed to hold them together. You could substitute the almond meal for oatmeal which is what I typically do. I don’t grind them, just leave them whole (use gluten free oats).    

Some people wonder how I cook or do anything with my kids. This is your answer. So much water play. Such. A. Mess. But it’s ok and it gives me some time to whip dinner together while they get some play time in. For those interested- first we made “cloud dough” which was simply flour mixed with some baby oil. Then we tried adding some food coloring to it. Next we were making “an ocean” and the food coloring ended up in the sink when I wasn’t looking. OH WELL.


Turkey Meatballs with Spinach [Gluten Free]

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. After chopping spinach, carrots, and garlic, combine in a big bowl with ground turkey.
  3. Add garlic, spices, egg, and almond meal and mix thoroughly.
  4. Form into balls on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with favorite pasta sauce over desired noodles.
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5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

My first dinner recipe with 5 ingredients is here for your #fueledupfam using chicken sausage and pasta!

Nothing beats a meal you can put together with simple ingredients that takes under 30 minutes. I cooked this meal while my kids were eating lunch. Husband puts it in the oven at dinner time- foolproof! I make one of these meals at least once or twice a week if I’m working at night.

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Before the oven

I used 2 different pastas that were half empty to make this dish. I love this pow pasta because they’re made out of red and green lentils and quinoa flour. They have twice as much protein as traditional wheat pasta with 14g in a serving and 7g fiber. I love this! It tastes good too and I have no complaints from the family.

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I cook the sausage in oil while the pasta is cooking. This cuts down on time but be sure to set a timer so you don’t overcook the pasta. I like putting handfuls of spinach in my strainer and then drain the pasta over the spinach. This helps slightly steam the spinach so it’s ready to be baked.

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Steam spinach under cooked pasta

Mix everything together in your pasta cooking pan (save on dishes). Give it a stir so the pasta gets incorporated with the other ingredients. I like to get a garlic or italian flavored chicken sausage so I don’t have to worry about adding spices to the dish, though I’m sure it would help enhance the flavors. Really shooting for simplicity here.

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Mixing everything together

I like to add a little cheese while mixing to blend everything together. Again the italian flavored cheese helps mold the dish together easily. Topping the bake with a sprinkle of cheese is also a must.

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Can’t forget the cheese

 

My husband somehow scooped his plate with the least amount of spinach. Hm, oh well. More for me!
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Do you have any favorite, quick, 5 ingredient dinners you make? What do you do to make dinner time easier but still healthy? I’d love to hear what you do for your family, let me know!

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