It doesn’t get as basic as meatballs, does it? Everyone has their own recipe! They are so easy and quick to make.  TJ has made many a meatball and they have all been delicious.  But when Miss OMG started eating solids, we wanted to make our meatballs just a bit more tender so she could grasp them and they could melt in her mouth.

This past weekend, we cooked up some oh-so-good meatballs that not only Miss OMG will be able to share but that we couldn’t get enough of.  We doubled the recipe this weekend so that we could make some meatballs in bulk for the week so we can serve some up with some pasta or something later.  We love adding in vegetables into our recipes where we can (where it won’t compromise the taste of the recipe) and these meatballs were no exception.

These meatballs are moist because of the unsweetened applesauce.  Don’t worry – you can’t taste the applesauce, but you’ll notice the difference in your moist meatballs!  I’ve included a recipe for some homemade applesauce below, but feel free to use the jarred variety, as we often do (thank you, Trader Joe’s).

What You’ll Need:

1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened jarred or homemade applesauce (recipe below)
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp. sea salt ** (we try to use as little salt in our house as possible, so we omitted the salt and instead packed the meatballs full of thyme, oregano, parsley, and, of course, garlic)
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs (again, if you’re GF, try finely ground up GF cereal)

What You’ll Do:

In a small bowl stir together the egg, applesauce, carrots, spinach, salt, and pepper.

In a large bowl combine turkey and bread crumbs. Fold egg mixture into turkey mixture; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours. (This step is important for the bread crumbs to absorb moisture and flavor.)

Heat oven to 450°F. Shape turkey mixture in 1-inch diameter balls. Place meatballs on a foil-lined baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until no pink remains.

Homemade Applesauce

What You’ll Need:

4 Gala apples

What You’ll Do:

Wash, peel, core, and dice apples. Cook until tender (about 12 minutes). Puree until smooth.  Add water if needed. Makes 16 ounces. Freeze leftovers for up to three months.

We can’t stop snacking on these! They Taste Oh-So-Good!

~ M ~


8 thoughts on “Meatballs

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  3. These sound great. As a gluten-free house with no replacements, we’ll just leave out the breadcrumbs! I love the sound of adding carrot and spinach! Thanks! And sometimes I read too fast, but the instructions call for sweet potato and the ingredients call for carrot?

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