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Thai Meatballs

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Olena Osipov

Thai Meatballs

Healthy Thai meatballs recipe with turkey, coconut milk, red curry paste and zucchini instead of breadcrumbs. They are full of your favourite Thai flavours like curry paste, fish sauce, ginger, basil, green onions and coconut milk. Both, the sauce and the meat.

Meatballs don’t have to be smothered in tomato sauce (just see my slow cooker porcupine meatballs) nor do they have to be simmered for hours. They can have your favourite Thai flavours, be cooked in a skillet, within 30 – 40 minutes. Healthy dinner can be ready that fast.

Meatballs do not have to contain eggs, bread or breadcrumbs. I found with zucchini turkey burger that shredded zucchini makes any ground meat juicier. Use any meat you have on hand. We cook a lot of game meat, so I used venison for this recipe. But because I realize most people are “normal” and do not hunt, I’m giving you an option to use turkey, beef, chicken or buffalo.

How to Make Thai Meatballs

  1. In a medium bowl, combine Thai Meatballs ingredients and mix with your hands thoroughly. Make 28 meatballs by spooning heaping 1 tbsp of mixture and rolling between your hands. Lay on a cutting board or plate. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together Thai Meatballs Sauce ingredients and set aside. Add as many hot pepper flakes as you like. Kaffir lime leaves are optional, but give the sauce a nice sweet touch. You can find them dried, in any asian store or online (they last forever).
  3. Preheat Thai Meatballs on skillet
  4. Add the sauce, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered. Thai Meatballs in skillet with sauce being poured over
  5. Serve warm with brown rice or brown rice noodles. Add garnish like fresh cilantro and green onions. We served these turkey zucchini meatballs with organic short grain brown rice. You can easily get away with whole wheat spaghetti or even quinoa. Thai Meatballs

And if by any chance you are a lover of all things Thai and salmon, try my Google winning Thai salmon.

Thai Meatballs

Thai Meatballs

Healthy Thai Meatballs Recipe with turkey, coconut milk, red curry paste and zucchini instead of breadcrumbs. Rave reviews from EVERYONE!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 28 meatballs
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

For Thai Meatballs:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded & liquid squeezed out
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp basil finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger grated
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk light (canned)
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Cooking spray I use Misto

For Thai Meatballs Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk light (canned)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes more to taste
  • 5-6 dried kaffir lime leaves optional**

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine Thai Meatballs ingredients and mix with your hands thoroughly. Make 28 meatballs by spooning heaping 1 tbsp of mixture and rolling between your hands. Lay on a cutting board or plate. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together Thai Meatballs Sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add meatballs and cook until brown or for 2-3 minutes, turning a few times. No need to cook the meatballs through.
  • Add the sauce, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered. Serve warm with brown rice or brown rice noodles. Add garnish like fresh cilantro and green onions.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

    Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

      Notes

      • Meat variation: Use any meat you have on hand. We cook a lot of game meat, so I used venison for this recipe. You can also use turkey, beef, chicken or buffalo.
      • Kaffir lime leaves: You can buy kaffir lime leaves in any Asian store or online. They are sold dried and last forever in a sealed container. If you don't have any, omit.
      • Coconut milk: Can be full fat or a coconut cream, just sauce will be more rich and higher in calories which is fine too.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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