Sneak more veggies into your life with these healthy kale turkey meatballs. Serve with a light and lemony Greek yogurt dressing for simple healthy meal.
Remember how I’m not a big fan of salads or raw greens in general? I know – worst dietitian. Which is why I had to make these healthy kale turkey meatballs.
To get in my greens, I’m either making green smoothies, or sneaking them into my meals. While soups, veggie burgers, pizza and pasta dishes are all fair game for adding a touch of green, meatballs are one of my favorites.
In addition to adding extra nutrition, kale also gives a pop of color to an otherwise ugly food – I mean, meatballs are tasty and all but they aren’t the prettiest to look at.
To add a little brightness to the dish, we’re pairing these healthier meatballs with a simple lemon greek yogurt sauce.
For the Meatballs:
For the Greek Yogurt Sauce:
Step 1: Preheat oven and measure ingredients
Preheat oven to 375oF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Measure out ingredients and pulse oats into a coarse flour.
Step 2: Make meatball mixture
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, chopped kale, beaten egg, pulsed oats (or bread crumbs), garlic, lemon zest, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.
Step 3: Form meatballs and bake
Form into meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
Step 4: Make Greek yogurt sauce
Meanwhile, make Greek yogurt sauce by placing Greek yogurt, lemon juice, remaining lemon zest, olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse until creamy.
Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour Greek yogurt sauce into a serving bowl.
Step 5: Serve
Remove cooked meatballs from the oven and serve with Greek yogurt sauce. See serving ideas below.
My original plan for these kale turkey meatballs was to wrap them in a whole wheat tortilla with some fresh tomatoes – and trust me, it was delicious. However, I think they would be even better with warm flatbread, such as naan.
Oh and feta cheese. I really wish I had added some feta cheese to my wraps!
While there is some kale in the meatballs, for a balanced meal, I’d add some more veggies, such as roasted zucchini or eggplant on the side.
Looking to keep things light? Serve these meatballs over a mixed green salad with some feta cheese or wrap them in lettuce leaves.
For an appetizer, insert toothpicks into each meatball and serve with the sauce on the side for dipping.
How will you serve these healthy kale turkey meatballs?
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