Turkey, Kale, and Caramelized Onion Meatballs

I’m always looking for creative ways to incorporate more vegetables into our meals. These turkey meatballs are loaded with kale and are a perfect, healthy accompaniment to pasta with basil pesto or marinara sauce. They’re so flavorful, they’re even perfect by themselves for an appetizer. 

Turkey, Kale, and Caramelized Onion Meatballs
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 4 cups kale, washed, dried, stems removed, and roughly chopped
  4. 1 small onion, diced
  5. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  7. 1 egg, beaten
  8. 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  11. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for about 8 minutes, until golden brown. Add the kale and garlic. Sauté another 5-8 minutes until kale is wilted. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, add the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, cheese, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and kale and onion mix. Using your hands, mix together until combined. Form into golf ball-sizes meatballs, and place on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes.
  1. *To freeze: Place cooked and cooled meatballs on a baking sheet in the freezer until meatballs are firm. Transfer to a resealable bag in the freezer. Heat to serve.
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