Blending healthy ingredients makes for a better meatball. Balancing traditional with new concepts allows us to create old world flavors without all of the unwanted sodium & fats. Quinoa for Fiber, Turkey & Pork for Protein and Kale for a powerhouse of Veggies all wrapped up into one delicious little package. They are a delight in tomato sauce with pasta or just by themselves. And don’t forget how great a meatball sandwich can be. No matter how you have it, you will enjoy a well blended meatball with great flavors…
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Meatballs- with a twist - Nutritional Facts: per meatball
It’s important to prepare all of your ingredients before you start to cook.
Do all of your chopping, grating and pre-measuring, and you will have a great meal that is easy to make.
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Meatballs - with a twist
Mama Carol’s Grill’n Rub
1 Teaspoon each of:
Thyme, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, Cumin,
Smoked Paprika, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Chili Powder, Brown Sugar, Dry Mustard and No-Salt Seasoning (Kirkland)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl to blend.
You can also use a coffee / spice grinder to make a better balanced blend.
Sprinkle on all of your favorite recipes… and store the rest for next time.
Prepare Mama Carol's Grill'n Rub
Prepare the Quinoa
Place a medium pot on the stove and put 1 cup of water into the pot along with quinoa.
Bring pot to a boil over high heat. When the water boils place a lid on the pot. Reduce heat to a medium low simmer then cook for 12 minutes until the quinoa is tender and absorbs the all the water. Turn off heat
Using a fork, fluff the quinoa and replace lid back on the pot for 5 minutes to allow the cooking to finish
Set aside and allow to cool (about 10 minutes).
kale - It is important to clean all of the leaves before cooking.
Rinse leaves with cool water then drain and pat dry with paper towel. Cut steams into ½ inch pieces and leaves into 2 inch pieces.
Chop Red Bell Pepper. Chop Onion and Mince Garlic.
Prepare your Veggie Mix
Place into a large skillet on top the stove: Extra virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes. Heat skillet to medium then add onions. Cook till tender, about 6 minutes. Add garlic,No salt seasoning and cook for 2 minutes more stirring occasionally. Add 1 tsp Mama’s grill’n rub and mix through. Add red bell pepper, ½ tsp dried basil and cook for 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Add chopped kale, ½ tsp dried oregano. Mix through and cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Add ½ cup chicken broth. Cook for 4 minutes.Set aside and allow to cool, about 10 minutes
Place in a large bowl: Ground turkey & ground pork, Quinoa, Cooked veggie kale mixture, Bread Crumbs, Dried Parsley, 1 tsp Mama’s Grill'n rub, Ground black pepper and 1 egg. Mix all ingredients by hand or with a wooden spoon till mixed through.
Note: It’s important not to over mix the ingredients as it will make the meatballs hard and tuff.
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
Squirt a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray
Forming the meatballs
Scoop 2 ounces of meatball mix using a spoon or ice cream scoop (about the size of a golf ball). Place it into the palm of your hand and
using both hands, gently roll in a circular motion to form a round ball. Place the round meatball into your prepared mini muffin pan.
Place meatballs into oven. Cook for 20 minutes.
Your meatballs are now ready to be added to your favorite sauce or just all by themselves...