Paleo turkey meatballs are a healthier alternative to red meat-based meatballs. My version is gluten free, grain free, and low carb. Trust me when I say they are not bland and tasteless. They are actually moist and full of flavor, thanks to the unexpected addition of dairy free Kite Hill Ricotta and fresh spinach. These turkey meatballs can be fried in a pan or oven baked, depending on your preference. Once cooked, they’re freezer-friendly, too! I prefer the baked version because it keeps the fat on the lower range. I often fit in macros throughout my day so I like to save my fat for ohhhhhh lets say something like almond butter!
I love turkey meatballs because they’re a little leaner and lighter than your typical meatball might be. So, the calories are bit lower than traditional red meat. If you haven't tried a turkey version meatball yet I encourage you to do so! I happen to eat my meatballs for breakfast with one of my muffins. It's a perfect protein source and when you are egg and dairy free they can be a life savor!
Paleo Curry Turkey Ricotta Spinach Meatballs
2 1/2 pounds 93% organic ground turkey
1/2 package organic baby spinach (I like Olivia's brand)
1 1/2 teaspoons Real Salt
8 ounces of dairy free Kite Hill Farm Ricotta
1/2 T curry powder
1/2 T ginger
1 teaspoon hot madras curry powder
1 T garlic oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
In a food processor take the spinach and process or pulse until it is finely ground.
Take turkey out of packages and place in a large metal bowl. Add the processed spinach to turkey then add remaining ingredients, salt, ricotta, curry powder, ground ginger, hot madras curry powder, garlic oil and turmeric.
Mix all ingredients together until all ingredients are well combined.
Line pan with parchment paper; set aside.
Start to form your balls and roll into meatballs.
Bake at 425 degrees F for 18-20 minutes.
Spinach also contains several other vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9 and E. Bottom Line: Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It contains high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium. So this meatball packs a punch in the nutrient department with iron at 2.17% and potassium at 10.5 mg.
You can also freeze the meatballs and warm them up for quick lunch options for a fast nutrient dense protein. I often times double the recipe to have them on hand when I get into a bind later in the day or don't have a lot of time to make myself protein with my evening meal.
Nutrition Information Per Meatball:
Calories 65, Fat 3.8g, Carbohydrates 1.4g, Protein 7.6g