Turkey, Kale and Cheddar Croquettes

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Preparation Time 25 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 (3 croquettes per serving) Cost Per Serving $0.84
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1 cupCooked Turkey or Chicken, finely chopped
2 cupsKale, roughly torn (stems removed)
2 tbspSage, finely chopped
1/2 cupCheddar, grated
1/2 cupBread Crumbs
2 tbspOlive Oil
1/2 tspSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the kale and cook for 3 minutes. Remove, draining off as much water as possible, and put straight into a blender.
  3. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Pour into a container and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk one egg with 3 tablespoons of the kale puree. Add cooked chopped turkey, sage, cheddar and half of the bread crumbs. Season with pinch of salt and pepper, mix well to combine.
  5. Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll in your hands into a small ball. Roll in the remaining bread crumbs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  6. If you are storing, place immediately in the freezer, freeze until solid and transfer into a freezer bag. These can stay frozen for about 4 months.
  7. If baking right away, drizzle with a little olive oil on top and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.


  • ​Protein is important. It helps boost your immune system, heal your body, manage fatigue, strengthen muscles, makes you feel energized and satisfied. Turkey is an example of a whole food that is packed with protein and rich in health boosting nutrients like vitamin B12, selenium and zinc. 

  •  ​​Vitamin B12 keeps your nervous system – the body's electrical wiring – working well.  You need foods rich in vitamin B12 daily because it's not stored in your body. So try fresh turkey  
  • Selenium is a skin-loving mineral. Selenium works as an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage and plays a role in healthy skin. Both white and dark meats provide selenium, but dark meat is even rich. 
  • Zinc is like your immune system's inner boxer. It helps your body fight off infections and heal wounds. All cuts of turkey provide you with zinc, but ground turkey and dark turkey meat have the most.