Turkey,Kale & Squash Meatballs

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 meatballs (3 meatballs per serving) Cost Per Serving $0.93
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Turkey,Kale & Squash Meatballs
1 lb (454 g)Ground Turkey Meat
1/2 cupRed Onion,small dice
2 clovesGarlic,minced
1 cupKale,roughly chopped
1 cupButternut Squash,small dice
2 tbspSage,finely chopped
1 tbspRosemary,finely chopped
1/2 cupQuick Cooking Oats
1/2 tbspOlive Oil
To TasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Butternut Squash Sauce
1/2Butternut Squash,seeds scooped out
1/2Lemon,juice and zest
1/4 cupGreek Yogurt
1/4 tspGround Nutmeg
1 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
To TasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add olive oil to a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, squash, sage, rosemary and cumin. Continue to cook for another 7 minutes or until the squash is soft but not mushy. Add the kale and stir it though, then remove from heat. Allow mixture to cool completely.
  3. Combine the ground turkey with the cooled mixture, the cooking oats and an egg. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Roll out into 1 inch meatballs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. On another baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place half a butternut squash, flesh side down.
  6. Place both sheets in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the meatballs and set aside to cool. Continue to roast the squash for another 10 minutes or until soft.
  7. Scoop out the squash flesh and blend with the remaining sauce ingredients. Serve with the meatballs.


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