November 9, 2011

{Paleo} Turkey Meatballs

As I mentioned a little while back, my husband and I have started eating Paleo.  In Greek, Paleo literally means ancient, old, or original.  That's exactly what the Paleo Lifestyle is all about:  eating natural {non-processed} foods that our bodies were genetically designed to take in.  

If you have any questions about eating Paleo, or if you're interested in learning more about the science behind it, check out this website.  I will spare you the geeky details and get on to the recipe - that's delicious whether you are eating paleo or not!

Paleo Turkey Meatballs 

(Makes about 14 large meatballs -- slightly smaller than a tennis ball)
2 lb. ground turkey (1 lb dark meat, 1 lb white) 
1 cup ground cashews 
5 eggs
2 yellow onions, grated
2 large carrots, grated
5 cloves of garlic, minced
shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 1 cup) {I used button mushrooms - still tasted great!}
finely chopped flat parsley leaves (about 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Drizzle olive oil on a baking tray.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Season with pepper and only a little bit of salt.  Roll meatballs to your desired size (they are a little sticky, but should form a ball quite easily).  Bake in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes.  Serve in your favorite gluten free tomato sauce.

Some tips from me:  If you have food processor, use it! I used a food processor to grind the cashews, and finely chop/grate all of my veggies.  Saved me so much time {and tears!}.  

I must have tweaked the recipe a bit {it's always hard for me to follow it word-for-word} and I actually ended up making about two dozen!  We stored them in the refrigerator and they made yummy leftovers, but you could also freeze these and save them for a rainy day!

Whether you want to "go Paleo" or not, this recipe is a must-try.  Give it a shot!

1 comment:

  1. These look incredible!!! I wish I had them for lunch right now.


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