MEDITERRANEAN BAKED TURKEY MEATBALLS

Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs are turkey meatballs mixed with the warm, rich spices of cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are lean and baked to create a healthy meal option. Pair these with fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create a rice bowl for dinner!

MEDITERRANEAN BAKED TURKEY MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE TURKEY MEATBALLS:
  1. 1 pound ground turkey
  2. ¼ cup dried bread crumbs
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1/4 cup minced shallots
  6. 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  7. 1/2 tsp cumin
  8. 1/2 tsp allspice
  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/4 tsp cayenne red pepper {optional}
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  13. 1 Tbsp olive oil

FOR THE BOWLS:
  1. Brown Rice {or grain of your choice-bulgur wheat and quinoa also work great}
  2. Tabbouleh
  3. Diced cucumbers
  4. Chickpeas
  5. Feta Cheese
  6. Hummus

INSTRUCTIONS
TO PREPARE THE TURKEY MEATBALLS:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, shallots, parsley, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  • Add the ground turkey and use your hands to gently mix everything together. Don’t over-mix the turkey mixture. Form the turkey mixture into 1-inch turkey meatballs and put on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meatballs reach an interal temperature of 165ºF.