Nope! No pasta, and it wasn’t even needed.
baked turkey-vegetable meatballs
roasted yellow pepper sauce
charred and braised escarole
Meatballs without pasta? It’s actually a good thing. Why? 1) it’s a delicious, balanced and healthy dinner; and 2) there’s room and calories left for a little gelato later.
I started building the meatballs knowing I wasn’t making pasta to accompany them so I had a little fun with the ingredients. I didn’t think I would be making a sauce either so I chose to add vegetables and dates to keep them moist.
At the same time I was baking the meatballs, I roasted some mini sweet peppers and a few cloves of garlic. When they were done, I pureed a few of the yellow peppers with evvo, a roasted garlic clove, red chili flakes and a squeeze or two of honey to make a sauce. Although it may look like French’s Mustard in the photos, I assume you it was a helluva lot tastier.
The escarole was charred in a skillet with a clove of garlic and then given a quick braise with chicken broth.
Turkey Meatballs (not for pasta)
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 sm zucchini
- 1 sm carrot
- 1 clove garlic
- 8 almonds
- 4 dates
- 1 egg
- whole wheat panko crumbs
- dry seasonings
- Finely mince all vegetables as well as the almonds and dates.
- Mix with ground turkey, beaten egg and panko crumbs.
- Form meatballs and bake at 375 degrees about 30 minutes.
Yields 15 ice cream scoop sized balls.
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