Turkey Meatballs

In between shoving my face full of junk and crap I try to be healthy in an effort to balance things out. These meatballs are fab as they are a healthier alternative to beef mince but still really scrummy. They are also ideal for kiddies, my own fussy 4 year old doesn’t taste the difference.  Depending on the size of your meatballs (pathetic immature giggle), you should get around 18 out of this recipe so you may want to freeze some of them.

Meatballs
1 pack (500g) of turkey mince
1/2 red onion
3 stalks celery
2 slices of bread (Breadcrumbs)
Few sprigs of fresh Thyme
Small handful of Parsley
3 cloves Garlic
Salt
Pepper
1 large egg
3 tbsp rapeseed oil (or what ever you have)

Sauce
1 small onion
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 carton of passata
1 tin tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp lazy chilli (or chopped fresh)
1 grated carrot
1 tbsp. dried oregano

1. Use a blender to make breadcrumbs and set aside. Then pop the onion and celery into the blender (or chop super fine). Pop the breadcrumbs, onion and celery into a mixing bowl. Add the thyme, chopped parsley and crushed garlic.
2. Break up the turkey mince into the bowl, season and add the egg.
3. Mix together by hand until all the ingredients are combined.
4. Tear off small tbsp sized chunks of the mixture and roll into balls by hand. Place on a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Cover with cling film and let them sit in the fridge for around 30 mins to firm up. At this point you may want to pop some of the meatballs aside to freeze.
5. In a saucepan heat up the rapeseed oil and add the onions. Simmer until they start to soften. Add the lazy chilli and paprika and cook for a minute more. Add the grated carrot, passata, tinned tomatoes, oregano and crumble in the stock cube. Leave to simmer on a low heat for about 15 minutes giving it the odd stir.
6. When you are ready to cook your meatballs head the rapeseed oil in a pan until sizzling. Carefully arrange the meatballs around the pan. They will immediately start to brown. If you are having spaghetti pop this on in a separate pan now.
7. Cook the meatballs for around 15 minutes turning them so the brown on all sides. Make sure they are fully cooked through and white in the middle.
8. Serve the meatballs and the sauce on some spaghetti or quinoa if you are feeling super healthy!

Let me know how you get on. xx

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