As the holiday season wraps up, I know we are all thinking about kicking off the new year in a healthy way! I am finally sharing this paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly turkey meatball recipe!
Either you are doing whole30 this January or just want to try out some clean and healthy recipe, you will want to give these hearty, juicy bad boys a go. They are packed with flavors and has been a staple dish on my Sunday meal prep menu.
I used to be intimidated by making meatballs. Because it sounds like such a complex and difficult process to execute. If you are on the same boat with me, let me tell you, this recipe is super easy to make! The only skill you need is to chop and roll.
Ingredients you will need
First of all, the only a few ingredients you will need are some ground turkey, onion, bell pepper, cilantro and garlic. Second, you mush everything together in a bowl then roll them into meatballs. I usually pan sear them in a cast iron skillet. Because a cast iron gets really hot which ensures the meatballs cook through while having a nice char on the outside.
There are so many ways you can enjoy these meatballs. I love pairing them with some zucchini noodles (zoodles) to make a low-carb entrée, or add it to a nutritious buddha bowl with lots of vegetables.
Finally, I have a few tips to elevate these turkey meatballs to the next level. Now scroll down to check out this recipe! Don’t forget to pin it and share with family and friends!
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt, Pepper (to taste)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- Mix all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
- Roll the mixture into 12 meatballs
- Heat 2-3 tbsp of avocado oil in a pan, really hot
- Pan sear them for 7-8 minutes each side (usually 3 - 4 sides)
- Add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar make the meatballs moist inside
- In order to have the flavor really sink in, cover the mixture (made from step 2) and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.
- Make sure you pan or grill is hot enough so the meatballs will cook all the way through and be crispy outside. I usually use a cast iron skillet which gets really hot to give me that nice char.
- Choose a cooking oil that has high smoking point, such as avocado oil.