Meatball Meals - Spinach and Feta Edition
by Keleigh May on May 19th, 2014

Turkey and Spinach Meatball Meals
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 block of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 6 oz. container crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350*F.  Defrost spinach, and squeeze off excess liquid. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into meatballs and place in a greased mini muffin tin.  Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve, or freeze leftovers in a Ziploc bag.
How to Reheat Frozen Meatballs:

Preheat oven to 350. In a greased baking dish place desired amount of meatballs and bake covered for about 20 minutes or until warm all the way through. You can also microwave in a microwave safe bowl for about 1 minute (depending on your microwave wattage).

Here's the video I submitted to Rachael Ray's Great American Cookbook Competition. 

This is the dish that started it all folks.
When Tucker was little I wanted to make him a healthier alternative to chicken nuggets, thus meatball meals were born. In my meatball meals I have a protein and a veggie (sometime fruit) inside. The reason I call them Meatball Meals is if you don’t eat anything else, you’ve had your meal in your meatball!  I quickly realized how popular these little guys were.
 My mom had her knee replaced a few years back so me and Tucker packed up to take care of her for a few weeks. I knew I would have my hands full caring for a newly walking toddler and an over active mother being forced to sit still. So I had made all mine and Tucker’s meals in advance and froze them. Mom had done the same thing, but once she caught a smell of our meatball meals, she quickly requested that I make a fresh batch!
After growing tired of repeatedly telling her how I made the meatball meals, and the other meals I had frozen while we were with her, I made her a Shutterfly book of all of her most requested recipes. She then quickly ordered about 20 more and began giving them to people. The success of my first “cookbook” inspired me to enter the Rachael Ray Great American Cookbook Competition, which lead me to starting this blog.

So there you have it, some might think that finding a chicken nugget alternative for a toddler and a picky eater parent might be impossible, but I tell you Where There’s A Meal There’s A Way. 

Special Note for Kids:
Tucker and I call these “Combine Nuggets".  Did you know that a combine is a giant tractor thing that harvests crops from the field? Well, I most certainly didn’t until Tucker told me! Therefore, thanks to the hard working combines we can put the green things in our nuggets. (Not sure if combines actually harvest spinach, but you get the point.) Parents, the moral of this story is, using your kids interests make up fun stories about new foods, at our house it works every time. 

Posted in Dinner, Meatball Meals, Easy to Freeze, Pickey Eater Friendly, Gluten-Free    Tagged with Meatball Meals, Easy to Freeze, No Skill Necessary, Kid Friendly


Name - May 19th, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Where There's A meal - May 19th, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Thank you!
Mary Walker - May 19th, 2014 at 12:26 PM
So awesome! Making these tonight!!
Where There's A Meal - May 19th, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Awesome! Hope you all love them!
Heather Page - May 19th, 2014 at 2:12 PM
Looking forward to more! :)
Where There's A Meal - May 19th, 2014 at 2:24 PM
Can't wait to share more with you!:)
Name - May 19th, 2014 at 8:34 PM
Love this Keleigh!!! I will need some more filler ideas for my picky boys!

Where There's A Meal - May 19th, 2014 at 8:37 PM
You got it! I'll keep the recipes coming!
Leah Tilles - July 17th, 2014 at 9:33 AM
I made these and ate a whole pan! AMAZING! Thank you Keleigh!!!
Keleigh May - July 17th, 2014 at 9:41 AM
You are welcome! So glad you like them :)
Susanna - September 9th, 2014 at 9:39 PM
Must try this!
Keleigh May - September 9th, 2014 at 10:49 PM
You'll have to let me know what you think!!:)
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