Vegetable Meatballs

VEGETABLE MEATBALLS

Getting kids to eat their vegetables is always a struggle. From a young age, it is ingrained in us to crave sweets. So how do you get your kids to eat vegetables and like them? Make them fun of course.

My kids love when I make these meatballs. The first time I made these, they didn’t believe there were vegetables in them because they were so delicious, despite the funny color. After they learned that there were a ton of vegetables in these, they were more excited to try other kinds of vegetables. We even planted a vegetable garden last summer and they were eager to see the fruits of their labor, no pun intended.

These meatballs are great for a light dinner. You still get your protein in your spaghetti and sauce, but instead of being pure meat, the vegetables give them a different texture and consistency. You can use these in any recipe that calls for regular meatballs. I like to bake up some spaghetti squash to use with these.

Vegetable Meatballs
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 medium carrots (or a handful of baby carrots)
  • 1 red or green bell pepper
  • 5 large mushrooms
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic (garlic salt)
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp ground chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350?.
  2. Combine carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, garlic, chia seeds and seasonings in a food processor and blend until well chopped.
  3. Empty the food processor into a large bowl, add the ground turkey and mix together completely.
  4. Form meatballs and place on a non-greased baking sheet (about 1½" - 2" each). Bake for about 25 minutes, or until completely cooked.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 66 Fat: 3.5 Saturated fat: 0.7 Carbohydrates: 6.1 Sugar: 0.6 Sodium: 45 Protein: 3.2