Spicy Turkey Spinach Meatballs

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I decided to take part this month in a yoga Instagram challenge. Those who follow me may know from all of my yoga posts that it’s a month long challenge that helps build strength and teaches proper form while in a handstand. Now I’m certainly no pro in this department but yet I’ve come a VERY long way in just a short amount of time. For me to be able to hold myself up, upside down, feet in the air and not come crashing down is a pretty big deal. The thing about yoga is that it’s a never ending challenge and you are on a continuous path of growth. Once you have the ability to do one pose it doesn’t just end there, instead it leads you into being able to do a variation of it or even a more advanced one. I love that no matter who you are or your abilities there is no end to the learning and growing both psycially and mentally you can do. It reminds me a lot of cooking. I’m always learning new things when experimenting and practicing with various foods and techniques. Since I started this blog (and also yoga) it has helped me to come outside of my box and try new things that otherwise would have intimidated me both in the kitchen and on my mat. It’s a challenge to come up with new recipes that I’m proud to share. Even though not every one is always successful it doesn’t make me want to throw in the towel. Everyday I spend doing the things I love and finding challenge in them leads me even more at wanting to find success in my recipes and in yoga.  The more I am able to accomplish the more confident I am in knowing that if I do set my mind to something it really can be achieved. Though I do try the same recipes over and over again (especially ones I can’t get enough of) I may tweak them a little each time with different spices or cooking methods. Repeating recipes, like practicing a pose, over and over again, means sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The important thing is it’s a learning experience and I can take that knowledge with me the next time around. Once I’m able to create a successful recipe to share I know I’ve just taken another step down that path and I’m already gearing up eager for the next. I know all of this yoga and recipe talk doesn’t really have much to do with this meatball recipe other than that I’m proud of it. Yes it’s simple, yes everyone has a meatball recipe they like, but like every other food fanatic out there, you don’t just become a brilliant chef or food blogger overnight. Every recipe builds you to becoming as great as you want to be. This recipe is just a small reminder that a little passion and practice goes a long way.

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Spicy Turkey Spinach Meatballs

Paleo/Gluten-free/Nut-free

Makes: 32 Meatballs/Bake time: 20 minutes

  • 2 lbs organic ground turkey
  • ½ small white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 c spinach, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to your liking)
  • 1 tsp Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Scoop out and roll mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and place on pan.
  4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Serve warm with choice of sauce over favorite noodles or as an appetizer!

Note: This recipe makes a large amount and are great for freezing for a quick dinner or appetizer idea. Just store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat!

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