I was very blessed to grow up in a home where every night we sat down together to enjoy a home cooked meal, fostering my love of all things culinary. Now that my brother’s and I are old enough to be trusted around sharp knives and hot pans, we each bring that love of cooking into our own personal lives, carrying out the tradition.
My youngest brother single-handedly cooked an entire Thanksgiving feast for him and his fiancé this past year. He also makes amazing French Macaroons! My middle brother makes wonderful chili and he recently came up with a great Turkey Meatball Recipe that I knew I needed to try and share!
8 Ounces sliced Brown Mushrooms (either Crimini or Baby Bella)
1 diced Orange Bell Pepper
4 Pieces Celery, diced
1 Cup Quinoa, uncooked (I prefer using red quinoa or a blend for added color)
2 Cups Water, or Veggie Stock (for cooking the quinoa)
1/2 Cup Cheese, grated (I prefer goat, but any semi-hard cheese will do!)
1 Pound Ground Turkey
Salt & Pepper
Things to note: You will be cooking the quinoa, celery, bell pepper, and mushrooms separately, then mixing all together with the ground turkey and egg. I recommend lightly seasoning the individual components, adjusting the seasoning if needed once everything is mixed together. In the words of ALL my Culinary School teachers, ‘You can add, but you can’t take away.’
- In the same pot, add 1 Cup uncooked quinoa with 2 Cups liquid (water or veggie stock), a dash of salt, and pepper. Bring to a light boil, then cover and reduce the heat, cooking until the liquid is evaporated and the quinoa is soft.
- Cook the sliced mushrooms in olive oil, seasoning lightly with salt & pepper.
- Cook the diced bell pepper and celery together in olive oil, seasoning lightly with salt & pepper.
- Mix together the quinoa, mushrooms, celery, and bell pepper. Set in the refrigerator to cool until at least room temperature.
- Once cool, mix in the ground turkey, egg, and grated cheese.
- Form meatballs and place them onto a bar pan coated in olive oil. (To test the seasoning, make a small hamburger patty and cook in a pan. Adjust the seasoning after you have enjoyed your sample, if necessary).
- Bake at 375°F for 35-40min or until golden brown and firm.