Who doesn't love things that come in small packages? I just love little meatballs. I mean, for most people, they're one-biters. For me, they're still a fork and knife undertaking, but delicious and oh-so cute any way!
By swapping in ground turkey for ground beef, you're saving a bunch of calories and fat. Want to be even healthier (albeit forfeit some of the flavor)? Go for ground turkey breast.
- 5 oz. ground turkey
- 1/5 c. panko bread crumbs
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 c. finely diced onion
- 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 c. chopped herbs such as cilantro and mint or Thai basil
- 4-5 spears of broccolini
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 c. chicken stock
- a few drops of fish sauce
- 1 T. freshly-grated ginger
- blended oil
Combine the first seven ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and incorporate thoroughly using your hands. Use a teaspoon or melon baller to portion out equal-sized chunks of the mixture and roll them between your palms to form meatballs.
Heat 1-2 T. of oil in a skillet. Add the meatballs and brown them on all sides; 8-10 minutes. Remove the meatballs.
Add the broccolini to the same pan. Add the red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Sear for 2-3 minutes.
Add the stock, fish sauce and ginger to the pan. Return the meatballs to the pan and simmer for another 8-10 minutes.
Plate the broccolini and meatballs and spoon some of the broth over them.