I am trying to come up with different meals to serve the fam… it is a little more tricky being with my parents since now I need to take their likes/dislikes into consideration. Hubby is anti cheese unless it is in a grilled cheese sandwich or on pizza and fish. Dad is anti veggies unless they are carrots, peas, or spinach (the last one always confuses me). Mum and I will basically eat anything. Honestly, the veggie one is harder than the cheese one… with cheese you just add it at the end. With veggies, it’s hard to not cook them in with the rest of the meal (for slow cookers or casseroles).
Today I gave a go at a baked meatball. We already had frozen turkey so I picked up some pork and came up with the following – loosely based on Alton Brown’s Baked Meatball recipe.
1lb ground pork
1lb ground turkey
3oz chopped frozen spinach
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried onion
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Thaw the frozen spinach and drain really well. I re-chopped it as Monkey is not a big fan of the texture of spinach. It became really tiny bits which almost look like a fresh spice. Maybe a good way to hide veggies if you need to do that.
I mixed the spinach, garlic, and spices together then added the meat. Only because the turkey needed to defrost a bit more. Combine the spinach, garlic, spices, meats, egg, and 1/4 a cup of the bread crumbs. Save the other 1/4 until ready to bake.
Either cook them now or within 24hrs (throw the mixture into the fridge if waiting to cook until later). Scoop an ice cream scoop sized amount out and roll into a ball. Coat with the remaining bread crumbs (I did use a bit more than 1/4 cup of bread crumbs) and put each one into the cup of a muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees until internal temps are 160 (about 20 mins).
Makes 26 meatballs – serving size 3 meatballs – 214 calories.
I plan to serve it with my home made tomato sauce over pasta or spaghetti squash… and likely some Texas Toast!