If you follow any of my style posts (WIW is coming back soon!), you’ll know that I love pieces with versatility. A garment that you can wear a few different ways to create several new outfits.
I feel the same way about recipes! There are certain main dish recipes that you can store in your rotation and use over and over for many different dinners. So never fear, those who like variety, and don’t get overwhelmed, those who prefer repetition! Using one recipe to make multiple dinners makes everyone happy.
Turkey Meatballs are one of our favorite main dish recipes. You can use them for the obvious, spaghetti, but there are SO MANY other dinners you can make them for that are so, so delicious. So first, here’s the super simple recipe for my Turkey Meatballs:
1 lb Ground Turkey (you can also sub in ground beef or chicken!)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons parsley
(can be substituted for other herbs based on the recipe)
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until just combined. Use a large cookie scoop (or tablespoon) to scoop equal sized portions of the meatball mixture. Roll into uniforms balls in your hands and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. ENJOY! I often double the recipe and freeze the half we don’t eat for future meals. They freeze great- let them initially freeze on a baking sheet and then transfer them to a ziploc freezer bag. They’ll thaw quickly and easily out on the counter before you’re ready to use them for dinner.
Now that you have the basic recipe, I’ve listed 15 different ideas below that you can create using these versatile and delicious meatballs!
Baked Pasta with Meatballs
(cook pasta, mix with meatballs and tomato sauce, pour into a baking dish, top with mozzarella, bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes!
Mashed Potatoes topped with Meatballs and Brown Gravy
Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles
Teriyaki Meatballs over Rice with Steamed Broccoli
(Just toss meatballs in jarred teriyaki sauce! Easy!)
Greek Meatball Rice Bowls
(add dill and parsley into the meatball mixture then serve with rice, cucumber, chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, feta, and tzaziki!)
(Add a bottle of chili sauce and a jar of grape jelly or cranberry sauce to a saucepan, and add in your meatballs. Cook until chili sauce and jelly are warmed and combined and meatballs are heated through and coated)
(Place 4-6 meatballs on a hoagie roll, cover in tomato sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella, and broil until cheese is melted!)
Meatball, Roasted Vegetable, and Quinoa Bowl
(Roast sweet potatoes, red onion, broccoli- or your favorite veggies!- for 20 minutes at 425. Add to a bowl with quinoa and meatballs, and drizzle with a tahini dressing)
Meatball Minestrone Soup
(Add meatballs to your favorite minestrone or vegetable soup recipe!)
(Use cilantro in the meatball mixture. In a baking dish, add cooked meatballs and cover with enchilada sauce and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 min. Serve with Mexican rice, corn, black beans, and avocado!)
Asian Sweet Chili Meatballs
(Pour a bottle of sweet chili sauce over meatballs and heat to warm through and coat. Serve with lo mein noodles and stir fried Asain veggies)
Banh Mi Rice Bowls
(Add rice, meatballs, pickled cucumbers and carrots, jalapeno slices, and cilantro to a bowl, top with spicy mayo)
(Use your favorite pizza dough and top with sauce and cheese. Slice meatballs in half and add to the pizza. Add any additional topping you like and bake!)
Meatball Burrito Bowls
(Add a packet of taco seasoning to the meatball mix. Once cooked, add them to a bowl with cauliflower rice, corn, black beans, pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream, cheese, jalapenos, black olives, and avocado)
Cheesy Meatball Rolls
(Hollow out the top each roll in a package of Sweet Hawaiian Mini Rolls. Put a meatball in each roll, a spoonful of tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted)
I hope these recipes will inspire you to whip up a batch (or two!) of meatballs and make dinner EASY this week!