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Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com

While the great America is pulling on their stretchy pants, here in Canada we are long past that stage. It is Christmas craziness which I can’t seem to get a hang of just yet. All I keep hearing is Cabo’s waves and dreaming of long walks on the never ending beach.

Smashing avocados, chopping cilantro and squeezing lime for the Mexican turkey meatballs dinner last night did not help the situation. I just can’t seem to get excited about making letters to Santa look untouched, spending hundreds of $s on Amazon and then not getting any freaking credit for it.

Go ahead, call me non-romantic.

Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com

So, I went for a run. It was raining but when it doesn’t in PNW in winter?! So, I just went. Hey, could be worse – I could live in Calgary and never run till May again. So, “West Coooooooast”. That is what my kids showed me.

Man, why does life fly by so fast?! I’m already “behind”. So, run, baby, run.

Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com

When I got home I got to work. Beds had to be tidied up, grocery shopping done and dinner made. Well, depends who you are. If you are Alex, you eat Mexican meatballs for dinner. If you are Olena, you eat them for lunch AND dinner.

With fresh pico de gallo, garlicky avocado and brown rice. I couldn’t complain.

Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com

The Mexican turkey meatballs came from Lexi’s new cookbook Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. Lexi is a clean eating paleo food blogger I have met a few years ago online. Now she published a book and I wanted to let you know what it is about.

First of all, I was surprised how big the book is. You get 150 recipes and over 380 pages which justify the price really well. Secondly, I do not follow a paleo diet but if you do or are just starting out to eat clean/real food (a concept that seems to get lost in translation which I’m planning to address soon) Lexi’s book would be great for you. All recipes are gluten free as well. Again, I eat gluten but in case you shouldn’t then here you go.

Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com

It has some advice, basic kitchen info and a lot of simple recipes.

You know how paleo recipes can call for a bazillion of weird ingredients? With Lexi’s book all you need is 10 lbs of tapioca flour and 20 lbs of almond flour. Just kidding but those are the most commonly used ingredients when it comes to baking. Everything else is pretty much straightforward.

I liked how each recipe has a photo and even a recipe index with thumbnails. So, good stuff. Great job, Lexi! A great gift for the Holidays. Trust me, there are a lot of people out there who need a healthy meal as a gift. I’m not judging. Stop it. If you are a cheapskate like me enter to win one of the 3 copies I’m giving away.

Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com

My eye particularly fell on Mexican turkey meatballs because there is always dinner that has to be made. Ugh. Dinner falls into the same category as children – no return policy. Again, no romance in me left whatsoever. I can live with that.

The meatballs recipe is super simple – ground turkey, cheese, green onions, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin and salt. Do not skip the cheese. Cheese or an egg makes meatballs moist.

I doubled the recipe because newlywed Lexi’s food consumption doesn’t come even close to Olena’s bursting at seams with testosterone house.

Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com Mexican Turkey Meatballs Recipe baked in the oven for 15 minutes and served with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole for an easy healthy dinner. | ifoodreal.com

For a side, I made brown rice. Chopped tomatoes, red onion and cilantro to make a lazy pico de gallo. And smashed some avocado with garlic and cilantro to make even lazier guacamole. If you are Mexican, judge me all you want re: garlic but this is how I like my Ukrainian guacamole.

What is great about this recipe is that it can be served as an appetizer. Yaaaay. Those are always tricky to make clean. These meatballs were so easy to make within 20 minutes and came out delicious and full of flavour!

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By 3PM my kitchen was a disaster. BUT I cooked beans, tested a slow cooker dinner and made a soup. That is how we roll here. And trust me I’m yet to throw out any food. Everything gets eaten here. Prepare to be amazed, Olena.

Now, onto the giveaway. I, along with Lexi and Victoria Belt publishing, am giving away 3 Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbooks.

Happy Thanksgiving to the great America!

Mexican Turkey Meatballs

Mexican Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

    Mexican Turkey Meatballs:
  • 2 lbs ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)
  • Garlicky Guacamole (optional):
  • Avocado, cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper.
  • Easy Pico De Gallo (optional):
  • Tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.*
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add turkey, cheese, green onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and mix well using your hands. Form into 30 golf ball size meatballs (I use small ice cream scoop).
  3. Bake meatballs in 2 batches for 15 minutes or until browned. Serve hot with brown rice/quinoa, guacamole and pico de gallo. Or serve as an appy.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 4 days or freeze in a glass airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

Recipe from Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook. *I used dark baking sheet. Light colour like aluminum will increase baking time.

http://ifoodreal.com/mexican-turkey-meatballs/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 5 meatballs:
Calories: 252.2
Total Fat: 13.8 g
Cholesterol: 116.6 mg
Sodium: 559.4 mg
Total Carbs: 0.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 31.7 g
WW Points+: 6

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42 Comments

  1. Sierra Bravo

    Favourite recipes so far: ground chicken patties (so versatile) and stovetop zucchini noodle lasagna

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  2. Beth

    My favorite clean eating recipe is a chicken soup made with onions, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, cabbage, and lots of chicken broth.

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  3. Tracey

    My favourite to go dish is over night oats. i make them the night before, hit the gym in the morning and grab my over night oats on my way to work.

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  4. Corinne

    My fav clean recipe is your turkey kale bake, so quick and easy way for me to sneak vegetables in my family!

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  5. Hannah

    My favorite healthy go to dish usually are ones that allow me to clean out the fridge! I love to layer leftover veggies, meat, and salsa/tomatoes with sprouted corn tortillas and a little cheese. Throw it in the oven, and it’s the tastiest, easy dinner! With a big scoop of guacamole on the side 😉

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  6. Megan

    Favorite go to is always breakfast related: Overnight oats a million different ways! I eat it for dinner too!

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  7. Lee

    Buckwheat Stir Fry with Kale, Peppers & Artichokes – Yummmmy
    Stir Fry is so healthy and nutritious.

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  8. Julie Smith

    I always opt for Mexican flavors, so chili is a big winner in my house. We aren’t allowed dairy, though (Fast Metabolism Diet) so no cheese or sour cream (boooooooo)!

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  9. Angela

    I have two go-to’s. One is Portabella pizzas, the other is a simple salad with spinach, chicken or eggs and balsamic dressing. Both are pretty simple and require few ingredients and little time.

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  10. Sam

    My favorite go-to meal is stuck between chicken and veggies or Trader Joe’s chinese food 😛

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  11. Debra

    Being honest my family and I don’t always eat healthy. We do like our veggie hummus wraps and I have changed from white rice to brown rice. I will be making more changes starting in the New Year. We are just taking baby steps!

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  12. Linda

    One of your all-time favorites is your ground turkey spaghetti squash bake. Love it! I also love roasting a variety of veggies then throwing them together with cooked groats, kale or spinach and feta cheese.

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  13. Ricksbarngrill

    Favorite would be old style home made Ukranian cabbage rolls. No whole grain or light anything here

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  14. Bertha Bluhm

    Your recipes for not so familiar grains. Like quinoa. Also love your spaghetti squash recipes

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  15. marianne

    I don’t eat meat, but you have lots of recipes that are good for me & my diet. no doubt this cookbook will have plenty for me as well!
    my fav meal when I don’t know what I want & didn’t plan anything is a baked sweet potato stuffed with precooked legumes from freezer & any veggies in fridge.

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  16. Beth

    Favorite go to is veggie soup. Also turkey burgers over spinach. Thanks for the entertaining blog and great recipes!

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  17. Laurel

    Oh boy! A favorite is hard to nail down! What we use most is Sweet with Heat Prepared Mustard. I’m constantly making a new batch! It goes on sandwiches, drizzled over sliced hard boiled eggs, celery and other raw veg get dipped in it, it gets mixed in yogurt for salad dressing!

    We LOVE the mac and cheese muffins even though er aren’t kids, LoL.
    I make the Ukrainian zucchini, cauliflower and potato bake a lot,
    Also most of recipes involving tuna and salmon in a can and salad or patty/melts.
    The Borscht! If I’m eating alone…. sigh… I am recovering from from some abdominal surgery and made some just before, because I thought it might taste good when feeling under-the-weather and be healing and nourishing. I was right!

    I can’t even think of everything! You know? I have been following for a long time. If I’m at a loss for dinner, I come to your recipes and stand in front of my fridge and pantry to see what “we” can make!

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  18. Jamie

    My favourite clean eating recipe is the Cinnamon apple, walnut, kale and quinoa salad. As i’m cooking for myself this recipe lasted me all week which made cooking during the week easy. I love that this recipe is super light and so tasty and tasted delicious whether eaten hot or cold. I sometimes use this recipe as a side salad with some meat as well if i’m feeling that way inclined. x

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  19. Sierra Bravo

    So who ended up winning the copies of Lexi’s Clean kitchen?!? I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.

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    • Olena

      Sorry, forgot to update the winners info. Just added. Sorry, you didn’t win.:( I would give you my copy if you lived near by. Or it is a good price on Amazon. 😉

      Reply

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