Thursday, April 7, 2011

Confetti Turkey Meatballs

Down the Produce Aisle near the bagged lettuce, you will find Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw.  It consists of hearts of broccoli, carrots and a small amount of red cabbage.  This recipe was on the back of the bag.  I've been meaning to make something with ground turkey in it...and voila!  I thought the veg in the turkey meatballs would keep the meat moist.  This is an inexpensive, healthy meal.  Lean turkey and veggies all in one! The Broccoli Cole Slaw was $2.49 and the turkey was $3.21 - that's only $5.70 and can feed a family of four.

  • 1 (12 oz) pkg. Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw
  • 1-1/4 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1-1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place bag of Broccoli Cole Slaw in microwave.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Let cool before adding to the other ingredients.  In a large bowl, add all of the above ingredients and mix until well combined.  Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.  Use about 1/4 cup of mixture for each meatball.  The mixture will be very soft.  Bake on prepared baking sheet for 30 minutes.

    I made a quick marinara and simmered the meatballs in the sauce for an additional 20 minutes.

    Quick Marinara:  Take one 35 oz. can of whole peeled Italian tomatoes and process in blender.  In about 2 Tablespoons olive oil, saute 3 smashed garlic cloves and a pinch of red pepper flakes.  Saute until garlic starts to turn golden.  Add tomatoes and simmer 20 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste and fresh basil.

    These meatballs are great served plain, with marinara sauce or as a hot sandwich.  Makes about 20 meatballs.  These meatballs were very juicy and moist and really delicious!  Something different!

    5 comments:

    1. this sounds really tasty... bet I would love these!

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    2. Some really great recipes come from the bag o the box! Never would have thought of this one myself. Thanks for sharing!

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    3. My only question is why did you not invite me over?? LOL
      Is there anything more satisfying than a ball of meat? I mean really, this is such a good idea and I can sneak veggies into my son's diet!

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    4. Mmm, another delicious idea. I love that you used vegetables to amp up the flavor.

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