Thursday, August 28, 2014

Turkey, Pine Nut, & Currant Meatballs

Um, WOW! YUM! I've been looking for some new PROTEIN packed recipes to try and I ran across this today on Pinterest. Yes please!!

Turkey, Pine Nut, & Currant Meatballs

Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 16 minutes; Total time: 36 minutes.
Yield: Makes 6 servings (serving size: about 4-5 meatballs plus sauce)
Approx. 289 calories; 15g fat; 21g protein; 19g carbs. 

Ingredients
1 pound ground turkey breast
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped pine nuts, toasted
4 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small bunch kale (tough stems discarded), chopped
1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce

Preparation
  1. In a large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients (through pine nuts), 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and pepper. Form into 24 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat; brown meatballs in 2 batches (adding the remaining oil for second batch), turning after 3 minutes; transfer to a plate.
  3. Add kale and sauce to pan; bring to simmer. Place meatballs in skillet; simmer, uncovered, until cooked through and sauce is reduced (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan; serve with a slice of crusty bread, if desired.
Try it out and let me know what you think or change with the recipe!