Turkey spinach meatballs are a quick weeknight recipe, flavoured with lemon zest and chili flakes and baked in the oven.
Turkey and Spinach Meatballs are a super simple recipe for meatballs that should definitely be on your menu for this week. I’ve been making these pretty consistently over the past few weeks, because I love the combination of finely chopped spinach, ground turkey, lemon zest, chili flakes and garlic.
The spinach really blends into the ground turkey mixture, so apart from some flecks of green in the meatballs, you don’t really get any of the bitter taste typically associated with spinach.
Meatballs are a meal prep dream because they can be eaten in so many ways–with a bowl of rice, tossed with marinara sauce for a simple pasta dish or on a sandwich. You can even make slow cooker meatballs, like in the photo below, for a hands-off version.
While I use ground turkey in this recipe, you could really swap this out for ground chicken as well, depending on what is your preference–and what is on sale. I share some of my budget-shopping tips for those of you who like me, live in a big city, you can find my budget shopping tips here.
I wouldn’t recommend using ground beef or ground pork in this recipe because both beef and pork would actually over power the delicate flavours in these meatballs. Stick with lighter flavoured meats like turkey or chicken.
Can I use frozen spinach in turkey and spinach meatballs?
I’ve only ever tested the recipe using fresh spinach, but frozen spinach would work as well. Be sure to use frozen chopped spinach and allow it to fully thaw before adding to the mixture. You’ll also want to ensure that you squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the spinach so that you don’t end up with soggy meatballs.
Let me know if you give these turkey spinach meatballs a try in the comments below.