Friday, August 16, 2013

Dinner Tonight: Green Onion & Spinach Turkey Meatballs

This is what happens when you let your 4 year old help you plan get a theme (like green) and off you go.

Kensington loves meatballs and said she wanted green ones...hmmm..easy enough.  Not only were Kensington's green meatballs yummy but they were packed full of veggies too!  Score for mom!  Don't forget, this is a One Pound meal...which means you could substitute the ground turkey for beef or chicken instead!

Shopping List
1 pound of ground turkey
1 box of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of all excess water
10 green onions, chopped
1 egg
1 cup of breadcrumbs (or Panko)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
a pinch of both Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 small jar of Pesto (about a cup)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine your first 8 ingredients.  Shape mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with Pam (to help with cleanup!).

Take a tablespoon or so of pesto and top each meatball with some pesto.

Bake about 25 minutes or until the juices run clear and your meatball is brown and cooked through.

Dinner is done!  Let's all be thankful Kensington didn't want pink meatballs...

Enjoy your dinner tonight!

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Jenny M said...

Yum to this recipe but I do have a question. I have the worst time getting the excess water out of frozen spinach. Typically I end up ruining dishcloths (stained green, like way worse than grass stains from outside!) and my fingers get really cold from squeezing the frozen stuff out. Do you have a trick? -Jenny

Mix and Match Mama said...

I've never had a dishcloth stained green before...maybe your spinach is too mushy and defrosted? You could use a paper towel for squeezing the water out? I've done that and it works really well!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

These look so good! And just so you know, I'm planting the idea of purple meatballs into her head at the park today. MIX AND MATCH THAT!

jen said...

Love that you just went with it and made a green (and healthy) meatball per your girl's request! Sweet mama!

Grace Beekman said...

I'm not usually a meatball person, but these look SO good! Definitely trying them out! :)

Katrin said...

I put the defrosted spinach in a mesh strainer (I like the one that hangs over your sink) and then push out all the excess water with a big plastic spoon or spatula. Works pretty well.

Katrin said...

This looks so good. I will definitely be making these!

Shoshanah said...

These look delicious! Although I am slightly pesto obsessed. And think they'd be a lot of fun served on top of pesto pasta as well.

Jenny M said...

Thanks Katrin, I'll try that. yeah, I've no idea why mine is so much ewtter but its always a mess! I like the idea of a spoon and strainer so my hands aren't fighting ice chunks the whole time.

Amy Maysa said...

Made these last night for dinner and just had some leftovers for lunch! THESE.ARE.AMAZING!

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