Recipe with Turkey Meatballs

recipe with turkey meatballs

If you are looking for a creative way to sneak a variety of vegetables into your family’s diet, this Recipe with Turkey Meatballs is for you!



Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

Turkey Meatballs:

  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup frozen chopped cauliflower OR 1 cup fresh cauliflower blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes
  • 1 pound pasture-raised ground turkey
  • 1 pastured egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup gluten free panko crumbs, see notes below for alternative
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 Himalayan pink salt, plus more to taste


Red Pepper Sauce

  1. In a food processor, add the roasted red peppers, crushed tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil,  salt, Worcestershire sauce, coriander, lime juice, and raw honey.
  2. Process until smooth and creamy.

Turkey Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a large baking pan.
  2. Place carrots, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until very finely chopped.
  3. Remove vegetables from food processor and add the cauliflower.
  4. Process cauliflower until very finely chopped.
  5. Heat olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the carrots and garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes, or until tender. Season lightly with salt.
  7. Add the cauliflower and saute for 2-3 minutes. Season with additional salt, to taste.
  8. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the ground turkey and egg.
  9. Stir in the vegetables.
  10. Add the panko crumbs (or toasted bread crumbs), Worcestershire sauce, coriander and salt.
  11. Form meat mixture into 20 meatballs.
  12. Place meatballs on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  13. Remove meatballs from the oven, and carefully transfer to a crock-pot.
  14. Pour the prepared sauce on top. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 1/2 hours.
  15. Serve warm, and enjoy!


If you want to make the turkey meatballs gluten free you can substitute one slice of gluten free whole grain bread for the panko crumbs. You’ll want to toast the bread and then use the food processor to process into crumbs before continuing on with the recipe.

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