Cribsters Cooks! Healthy Turkey Meatballs and Basil-Spinach Pesto Spaghetti

We love our traditional spaghetti and meatballs, but we love even more when we can make a meal for the family that is both delicious and nutritious. The kids love these tasty meatballs with pesto pasta, and they don’t even know it contains goodies like spinach and carrot. We also put any leftover pesto into an ice tray to freeze convenient pesto cubes for those nights we don’t have time to do anything more than boil a pot of water. Enjoy!

Turkey meatballs

Prep Time: 20 min; Cook Time: 20 min
Serves: 6

Turkey Meatballs
Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground turkey breast meat
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 carrot shredded
1 yellow onion shredded
1 cup breadcrumbs (you can use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs for added flavor)
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine the turkey, minced garlic, carrot, onion, breadcrumbs, parmesan and salt with clean hands. Work through the mixture until well combined. Then roll golf-ball sized meatballs in your hand. (Should make approximately 24 meatballs.) Place the meatballs on a baking sheet. Once all meatballs are rolled out, drizzle with olive oil and roll the meatballs around on the sheet so they get a coating of olive oil. Sprinkle some kosher salt over the top. Place in heated oven for approximately 20 minutes until done.

Basil-Spinach Pesto
Ingredients:
1.5 Cups of Basil
1.5 Cups of Spinach
2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Bring a pot of water to boil and add a pound of whole wheat spaghetti (or pasta of your choice). While meatballs are cooking, put basil, spinach, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan into food processor. Begin to process and slowly pour your olive oil into the top (if your food processor does not have the capacity to do this, you can simply add a third of olive oil at a time and process). Salt and pepper to taste, and add spoonfuls to drained pasta according to taste. When meatballs are done, put them on top and add some fresh basil and parmesan.

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