Dinner will be waiting for you when you get home with this slow cooker turkey meatball recipe. Grain free, gluten free, paleo and simple to make, this turkey meatball recipe even has some hidden ingredients that make it a must make for any picky eaters in your family!
Dave has been on a complete grain free diet for about a week as a way to try to get his gut healed finally. Since going gluten free really wasn’t helping him feel 100%, we are cutting out all irritants and giving his gut some time to heal. No sugar, dairy, fruit, grains, dairy, processed foods… the list goes on. So it’s been interesting to learn how to cook for him these past few weeks. Oh and he’s got a nut allergy and still isn’t reacting well to chicken, so add that to the list as well 🙂
My goal when starting this blog was to give people examples on how they can easily live a healthier life. For some people, feeling better means cutting out a ton of “comfort foods” to feel comfortable, but I don’t think that means you have to just give up on everything! Knowing you can’t have pizza or chips might make you fall into a pit of despair but instead I encourage you to focus on the foods you can still have and use creativity to build recipes using the foods that aren’t causing you issues!
For Dave, this means I have been using cauliflower rice in place of quinioa or rice and zucchini noodles in place of pasta. This slow cooker turkey meatball recipe is the perfect example on how with a little creativity, you can really make something great out of a limited food list. And the best part, even if you aren’t dealing with the same gut issues, you can still enjoy this low carb, simple recipe! Perfect for paleo or whole 30, these turkey meatballs are going to change your mind on grain free cooking.
Not to mention how easy they are to make. You just have to combine the ingredients, quickly form the meatballs, turn on the slow cooker and then avoid opening the lid for 6-8 hours. But I have to admit, you house will start to smell like an Italian restaurant by hour 3-4. Don’t get tempted and lift the lid, just let the slow cooker do it’s job! Spend you time instead meal prepping for the rest of the week or enjoying all the time you have been saving by meal prepping on the weekend!
This turkey meatball recipe is featured in my next meal plan. Throughout my career in fitness and working with women in group exercise classes, the one thing that became very apparent to me was that most women are over commiting themselves to everything and it’s a constant struggle to get somethign healthy on the table every night. I think this is ludicrous and I want to give those women more time to do the things they love instead of always stressing about what’s for dinner and how she’s going to find time to get that meal on the table. The way we accomplish that is through meal prep. Dishes like this slow cooker turkey meatballs, black bean stuffed sweet potatoes, secretly healthy macaroni and cheese, greek veggies and much more. These main components of these dishes are all made on Saturday or Sunday night, making the actual preparation of dinner quick and painless.
This slow cooker turkey meatball pairs well with yellow summer squash made into zoodles or roasted spaghetti squash, to keep it grain free, gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 compliant. I had cauliflower rice already prepared from meal prep so these meatballs only took me 5 minutes to make from start to finish.
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatball Recipe
- 1 lbs. ground turkey
- ½ cup quinoa or cauliflower rice
- ¼ cup almond flour or bread crumbs GF if possible
- 1 tbs. chia seeds
- ¼ cup grated zucchini about 1 small zucchini, grated
- 1 egg
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ¼ cup finely chopped white onion
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, cooked quinoa or cauliflower, almond flour, chia seeds, egg, garlic clove, onion, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano and salt. Form into meatballs and store in a zip lock bag. These will be sticky, you might find that making in a large Tupperware container and sealing them up until the morning is easier.
- The next morning, add the crushed tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, bay leaf, garlic powder and salt to the crock pot. Stir to combine. Scoop out about 1 cup of the tomato mixture into one of the cans. Add the meatballs and cover in the reserved tomato sauce and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- If you don’t have a slow cooker, place the sauce ingredients in a large pot and stir, simmer over medium heat, covered. Preheat oven to 350F. Add the meat balls to a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F. When done cooking, add meatballs to sauce.
- Serve with summer squash noodles, roasted spaghetti squash or gluten free brown rice pasta.
What about you?
- What’s your go to busy meal solution?
- Do you have a slow cooker?
- Do you call it a slow cooker or crock pot?