Everyone loves meatballs, and these Turkey and Spinach Meatballs are a game-changer. Ground turkey lightens up traditional beef, veal, and pork meatballs while spices and chiles add flavor. Baking them in the oven solves the need to fry them on the stovetop, freeing you up to make a tasty salad or my favorite oven-roasted cherry tomatoes.
Besides being delicious, there are health benefits to adding spinach to your meatballs! Spinach is a superfood and for good reason. It is loaded with nutrients and is also shown to help:
- prevent cancer
- reduce blood sugar
- aid in good bone health
- aid in weight loss
- promote eye health
- reduce hypertension
- help with reduce inflammation
- keep your body relaxed
- improve brain function
- boost immunity
- prevent Atherosclerosis
- prevent heart attacks
- prevent Anaemia
- improve skin health
- prevent acne
- improve anti-aging efforts
Now those are all great reasons to be labeled a superfood! All the more reason why you should add spinach to not only your meatballs, but many other recipes!
Try pairing these Turkey and Spinach Meatballs with any of these delicious salads:
- Kale, Radicchio and Butternut Squash Salad Recipe
- Heart Healthy Farro Salad
- Asian Style Rutabaga and Carrot Salad
Here is another great recipe that featured spinach and a little bit of spice!
Yummy Turkey and Spinach Meatballs Recipe
- 16 oz bag chopped frozen spinach thawed and squeeze to remove excess liquid
- 1 1/2 pounds ground raw turkey
- 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems
- 1 serrano or jalapeno chile seeded and chopped
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 cup CauliCrunch or gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp Crushed fennel seed
- Juice of half a lime
- Preheat oven to 375
- In a large bowl, combine turkey and all the other ingredients. Using clean hands or rubber gloves, knead everything together and allow the mixture to sit for 20 minutes before shaping into balls.
- Using two spoons or an ice cream scoop, place balls of turkey mixture on parchment or foil-lined cookie sheets.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
- Squeeze fresh lime juice over the meatballs before serving.