what’s cooking? Kale Meatballs….YUM.

One of my family’s favorite meals is Kale Meatballs.  I use them in wraps (slice them thin and roll them up), on spaghetti squash, quick snack (grab and go alone), or as the protein part of my lazy day dinners.  I have been looking for a good sausage to use that balances value for quality and am still looking.  That is another blog post; sustainable, healthy, chemical free, local sources for the food my family eats.  

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Ingredients:

Base:

1 bunch of Kale (any variety) coarsely chopped

ton of garlic…just kidding.  I use 6-8 cloves of garlic (adjust to your preference)

1 package of spicy italian turkey sausage

1 package of ground turkey

1 egg

1-2 TBSP of dry binder (almond meal/coconut flour combo is my first choice but any will work)

depending on my sausage choice sometimes I add red pepper flakes 

if you plan on using this as filling for stuffing…you will need peppers (I think the mini ones would be especially yummy) or mushrooms.  I used mini portabellas for this batch.

Refrigerator Clean up:

after the base ingredients, I look into my fridge and find whatever veggies I need to use to clean up.  Usual suspects are: carrots, peppers, onions, turnip.

Directions:

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1.  Coarsely chop the Kale and put it in a food processor.  Pulse until it is finely minced.

2.  Dump garlic, leftover veggies into food processor.   Process till minced.  Last night I used the last of the bag of baby carrots and some red peppers that had escaped my children’s sight.

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3.  Mix up all of the veggies in a large bowl.  If I am going to add red pepper flakes, I add it to the veggie mix as I am mixing the veggies up.

4.  After removing casings from the sausage add the ground turkey, turkey sausage, egg and ‘flour’ to the mix.

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5.  Take your rings off and get to squishing…mix it really well especially if you added red pepper flakes!!

6.  Make the balls, stuff your mushrooms/peppers and put them on a sheet with tin foil.  I got 33 out of this batch.

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7.  Bake at 350 until the internal temperature is 180 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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