Thai Turkey Meatballs

Y’all, I get really excited when I find nonGMO food!  I was grocery shopping today and I found nonGMO coconut milk AND almond butter!!!  SCORE!!!  I really need to start making my own almond butter… I think in the long run it’ll save me a ton of money.  WHY are almonds SO expensive?!  I could eat that stuff by the spoonfuls.

Moving on… I found this recipe over the weekend on one of my favorite websites, but decided to add and delete a few ingredients to make this recipe my own.  I’m not going to lie… It turned out so much better than I thought it would!  The recipe I found called for pork, but because we tend to stay away from that, I used ground turkey instead.  I’m becoming a really big turkey fan!  Side note:  if you’re using ground turkey, add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to it.  It keeps it so moist!

Just a few reasons to eat more turkey!

Get Your Protein

There are about 32g of protein in a 4-oz. serving of turkey, making it a very good source of these essential amino acids. Just one serving of turkey provides 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein. Eat a turkey sandwich for lunch and you’ll almost have your daily protein covered. Its protein content makes turkey a healthy meat choice.

Protect Yourself From Cancer

A little-known health benefit of turkey is that it contains trace minerals thought to aid in cancer prevention. Turkey contains selenium, which is essential for the healthy function of the thyroid and immune system. Selenium also has an essential role to play in your antioxidant defense system, helping to eliminate cancer-friendly free radicals in the body.

Get Your B Vitamins

Turkey is considered a good source of vitamins B3 and B6, rated because of the density of these vitamins in the meat. A serving of turkey meat has 36 percent of the daily allowance of B3 and 27 percent of your recommended intake of B6.

PLEASE do yourself (and your family) a favor and make sure to get organic turkey OR turkey that’s minimally processed and not raised on antibiotics and hormones.  It really makes me sad that we live in a day where we have to inspect and research everything we eat… I would love to go back to the good ole days where we didn’t have to worry about GMO.

On to my yummy recipe!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Yields: 20-22 meatballs

For the meatballs:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey (organic or not raised on hormones and antibiotics)
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

*Garnish with green onions and cilantro*

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In a large bowl, add all of the meatball ingredients together, and use your hands to combine.

3.  Use an ice cream scoop or your hands to form the meatballs.  My meatballs were about the size of a golf ball.  I was able to make 22 meatballs.

raw meatballs2

4.  In a medium size bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and set aside.

sauce

5.  Place a large oven safe skillet or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add a tbsp spoon of fat.  I used olive oil. Once the sauce pan is hot, add the meatballs to the pan and brown on all sides.  Add all of the sauce to the pan and place it in the oven to finish cooking.

meatballs cooking

6.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.  This time will range depending on the size of your meatballs.

finished meatballs

7.  Garnish with green onions and cilantro and EAT IT UP!!!

plated meatballs

 

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