If the kids won’t eat their veggies, why not just find a new way to serve them? These cheesy turkey meatballs with spinach are so delicious, they’ll be begging for them every night!
What is it about spaghetti and meatballs that kids love so much? My girls would eat it every night if I let them! However, getting them to eat their veggies is another story. While they do like some veggies, it can still be a struggle sometimes. I’ve found that the easiest way to get kids to eat their veggies is to cook them right into the main course.
My girls love this baked ziti with hidden veggies so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try again. When I added spinach to these turkey meatballs, it worked like a charm. I also threw in cheese for good measure because we all know that cheese makes everything taste better, right? Initially I expected protests from my youngest but she didn’t make a peep. Not only that, she ate every last bite. I added even more spinach the second around and they disappeared just as quickly.
Now this has become my favorite meatball recipe, mainly because it saves me from bribing my kids to eat their veggies.
Tip For Busy Moms: Double the recipe and throw the extra meatballs in the freezer. Now you’ve got an easy meal for those nights when there’s no time to make dinner from scratch.
Cheesy Turkey Meatballs With Spinach
I use ground turkey but this recipe would work just as well with beef. Start by lightly spraying a cookie sheet with cooking spray, then preheat the oven to 375°. Combine turkey, egg, Worstershire sauce, bread crumbs, cheese and spinach. Be ready because as soon as you put your hands in the mix, your phone is going to ring or one of the kids will need you…it happens every time!
Mix the ingredients, form medium sized meatballs and place them on the cookie sheet. Don’t forget to start boiling your pasta!
Cook for approximately 10-12 minutes (until the internal temperature is 165°).
Serve with your favorite pasta and watch your kids clean their plates, veggies and all!
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- 16 oz. ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach - chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375
- Lightly coat cookie sheet with cooking spray
- Mix all ingredients together
- Form meatballs and place on cookie sheet
- Cook 10-12 minutes (internal temperature should be 165)
- Serve with your favorite pasta and sauce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Cholesterol: 23mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6g
Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies? What tricks do you use?