3 Ingredient Turkey Meatballs (AIP)

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3 Ingredient Turkey Meatballs: AIP, Paleo, gluten free, low carb, ketogenic, low-FODMAP & includes Fatigue Friendly Instructions

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These bitesized turkey meatballs are super simple without skimping on flavor. Both easy and versatile, they’re one of my most popular recipes. Add them to pasta-style dishes, salads, soups, or serve as a snack or appetizer.    

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A while back, I had this great idea for a mouth watering, AIP Greek meatball recipe. Yessssssss, it was going to be soo good! But by the time I got home with groceries I realized I was actually quite tired and hungry; I no longer cared about gourmet, I wanted Now.

Thus, this recipe was born.

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As a food blogger I can put pressure on myself to come up with these incredible (read: complex) alternative diet recipes, but as someone who’s lived with chronic illness and fatigue, I know that, in reality, those aren’t the recipes I made.

No, I ate simply (still do) and looked for ways to conserve “spoons” in the kitchen.

These turkey meatballs are good. No lie. But more importantly, they’re the kind of recipe I actually use as a staple. Not only are they versatile, but they don’t require a lot of prep or standing-at-the-stove time.

So if you’re experiencing chronic fatigue, be sure to check out the Fatigue Friendly Instructions.

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When we know that what we’re eating supports healing it makes a difference–-because intention is everything! Check out the medicinal benefits of the ingredients in my 3 Ingredient Turkey Meatballs.

However, if you’d like, you can jump to the recipe.

Ingredients:

Ground turkey → Ground turkey can usually be found year round & since it’s dark meat it’s a flavorful option for meatballs. If you don’t see it in the meat department, check the frozen section.

Salt → I use Redmond’s Real Salt in all my cooking because it contains minerals & trace minerals necessary for good health. Also it’s delicous. I used to buy it in small packs but now I buy it in bulk, which saves me some cash & cuts down on waste.

Dried oregano → Some dried spices & herbs can contain traces of gluten. Please read labels & select options that are certified gluten-free like THIS one.

Extra Virgin Olive oil → Contains dozens of phenolic compounds that feature impressive anti-microbial properties. Studies have shown that some of the compounds in EVOO have greater antimicrobial activity than commercial disinfectants and can reduce bacterial and viral infections.

Recipe:

Makes: 24 small meatballs |  Difficulty rating: 🥄🥄

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon salt (I don’t count salt as an ingredient)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Basic Instructions:

(For the Fatigue Friendly Instructions click HERE.)

Step 1: Heat the water.  Add 8 cups water and 1 tablespoon salt to a large pot (think stock pot,) cover with a lid and start to boil.

Step 2: Mix the meatball ingredients.  Put the ground turkey and remaining salt into a mixing bowl. Crush the dried oregano between your fingers into the mixing bowl like this:

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Now mix all the ingredients with your hands. Nice, it’s meatball time.

Step 3: Shape the meatballs.  Pull out two plates and place them beside the mixing bowl.  Here’s how I figured out the quickest & easiest way to make meatballs of the same size (see illustration below):

  • Press the meat into a circle on one of the plates & using your finger divide it into fourths.
  • Scoop up one of those fourths and gather it into a ball.
  • Divide that into two portions and roll them both into “fat logs.”
  • Divide each of those into 6 even pieces.
  • Roll each piece in your palm to make the meatballs. Place the made meatballs on the other plate.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining meat. Once you get the hand of it, you can really rock out rolling these.

Chef’s Tip: Rub a little oil on your hands before starting and the meat won’t stick at much.

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Step 4: Boil the meatballs.  Once all the meatballs are made, plop them into the boiling water and set a timer for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Drain the meatballs.  Turn off the heat (and the timer) and drain the meatballs into a colander in the sink.

Step 6: Pan fry the meatballs.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, 12″ skillet on medium high. Shake the colander to remove any excess water from the meatballs. This way they won’t splatter in the hot oil!

Add the meatballs to the pan. Use a spatula and some pan-shaking action to move the meatballs around in the pan so they get a yummy, golden brown color on ’em. This should only take a couple of minutes.

And now they’re done! Huzzah!

✨ You did it! Congratulate yourself on preparing healthy, healing food, give thanks, and enjoy!

The next set of instructions was lovingly adapted for folks experiencing chronic fatigue. If you’d like to skip it click HERE to get to the rest of the post.

Fatigue Friendly Instructions:

This recipe can be made while mostly sitting down if you put a chair or stool by your prep station and the stove. It also includes a several minute rest period in between steps.

Set Up:  Put your stock pot on the stove and start filling it. I use a Pyrex measuring cup to bring the water to the pot, 2 cups at a time, so I don’t have to lift the heavy pot from the sink to the stove.

Step 1: Heat the water. Add the 1 tablespoon salt, put the lid on the pot and start heating the water to boil.

Step 2: Mix the meatball ingredients. Bring the ground turkey, salt, oregano, a mixing bowl and two plates to a table or counter where you can sit.  Add the ground turkey and remaining salt to mixing bowl. Crush the dried oregano between your fingers into the mixing bowl like this:

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Now mix all the ingredients with your hands. Nice, it’s meatball time.

Step 3: Shape the meatballs. Put the two plates beside the mixing bowl, and while sitting make the meatballs.  Here’s how I figured out the quickest & easiest way to make meatballs of the same size (see illustration below):

  • Press the meat into a circle on one of the plates & using your finger divide it into fourths.
  • Scoop up one of those fourths and gather it into a ball.
  • Divide that into two portions and roll them both into “fat logs.”
  • Divide each of those into 6 even pieces.
  • Roll each piece in your palm to make the meatballs. Place the made meatballs on the other plate.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining meat. Once you get the hand of it, you can really rock out rolling these.

Chef’s Tip: Rub a little oil on your hands before starting and the meat won’t stick at much.

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Step 4: Boil the meatballs.  Once all the meatballs are made, plop them into the boiling water and set a timer for 5 minutes.  Use this time for a short rest if needed.  (I find keeping a stool in kitchen is perfect for shorter sits like this.)

Step 5: Drain the meatballs.  Turn off the heat (and the timer) and drain the meatballs into a colander in the sink.  If lifting a hot pot of water is hard for you, set out a colander over a plate on the counter by the stove and use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked meatballs from the pot.

Step 6: Pan fry the meatballs.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, 12″ skillet on medium high. Shake the colander to remove any excess water from the meatballs. This way they won’t splatter in the hot oil!

Add the meatballs to the pan. Use a spatula and some pan-shaking action to move the meatballs around in the pan so they get a yummy, golden brown color on ’em. This should only take a couple of minutes.

And now they’re done! Huzzah!

✨ You did it! Congratulate yourself on preparing healthy, healing food, give thanks, and enjoy!

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These meatballs are as versatile as they are simple. We eat them with pasta dishes, salads, soups and as a protein side served with veggies. Wonderhubs also just snacks on them. They’re good cold (think no-cook and packed lunches) or can be quickly reheated. And of course this recipes is ideal for quick and easy batch cooking…

Batch COoking and meal preP

🔹 To double this recipe for your freezer stash make 2 pounds of meatballs & divide them into two batches. While the first batch is being pan fried, boil the second.

🔹 How you reheat defrosted meatballs depends on what you’re eating. For soups and pasta sauces simply reheat them in the sauce/soup. Alternatively you can re-pan fry them on medium-low until warmed through.

🔹 You can also freeze the meatballs right after boiling them and skip the pan fry step. After defrosting, pan fry them according to the instructions to reheat and give them some color.

What goes welL with 3 Ingredient Turkey MeatbalLs?

Often when we think “meatballs” we think “spaghetti,” but these mini meatballs go with so much more than pasta! Here’s some other simple recipes to serve up with them:

I often pack my 3 Ingredient Turkey Meatballs in lunches or add them to soups and salads.

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FoOd for thOughT

Remember playing with Play-Doh as a kid? Or mud? Remember pretending to make food? It was fun! Well making meatballs is fun. It’s food-play for adults. And unlike the faux-foods of our childhoods, these handmade creations are not only edible, they’re deelish.

So while you’re rolling around those little balls of meat, I encourage you to enjoy having messy, meaty hands & molding tasty morsels. Get into it. Invite playfulness into your food prep & have fun! By doing so you’ll infuse your meatballs with joyful energy, which supports holistic wellness. Plus, it makes ’em yummier.

May you eat well, live well & enjoy a New Wellness!

Messy hands & healing hugs,

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P.S. What will you serve this with?

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“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” ~ Craig Claiborne

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10 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Turkey Meatballs (AIP)

  1. I am about to make this recipe. I tend to skip over most of the information before and after recipes. I am so glad that I took time to read your entire post. The tips for during times of fatigue…well, today they seem invaluable! And the illustrations are delightful! So happy to find you (in the AIP recipe round up at Phoenix Helix).

    1. Hi Toni! I’m glad you found me and took the time to read my looong post, haha. I figured it was kinda a gamble starting to do longer posts so I’m really grateful you let me know you enjoyed. I had severe, severe fatigue for so long I try to keep in mind that I’m not the only one. Thanks for your feedback! Xx Kat

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