Turkey Lentil Meatballs

These yummy bites are a great way to add extra fiber and veggies to any meal or snack. And with over 4 mg of iron, these meatballs are a terrific boost to this most common nutrient-deficiency. 

Serve as a snack or over roasted spaghetti squash and spinach for a light dinner. This recipe was inspired by Dr. Deanna Minich, author of the Whole Detox.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and in chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cup carrots, in 3-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups kale or spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 pound organic or pastured ground turkey
  • 1 cup cooked lentils (if using canned, make sure to rinse)
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach, lightly chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, lightly chopped
  • 2 pastured eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. In a food processor, add onion, garlic, carrots, spinach and parsley. Mix until finely chopped.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, lentils, coconut flour, eggs, mustard, oregano, flaxseed, salt and pepper. Add veggie mixture from food processor and mix together.
  4. Form mixture into 24 1-inch round balls and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until meatballs are lightly browned. 
  6. Serve 3 meatballs atop roasted squash or other veggies, sprinkled with baby spinach and drizzled with plain pastured yogurt or coconut yogurt. Enjoy!
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Amy Jackson Rind

Amy Rind works with busy women to reclaim their lives from the health burdens of stress, aging and fatigue. With practical, real food changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can truly begin to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Journey into healing by identifying your unique nutrition needs that will help you and your family feel better, think better and create the life you were meant to live.

Amy earned her 700-hour nutrition consultant certification with honors from Bauman College. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.