These oven-baked turkey beet meatballs are quick and easy to prepare, healthy, and most importantly baby and toddler approved! Be sure to double or triple the recipe so you can freeze some and pull them out for quick snacks or meals in the future.
Lately, I've been really intentional about actually sticking to our grocery budget, which I always set but had been doing an excellent job at going over month after month.
And one of the biggest wallet breakers for us is meat. So what does a mama on a mission to save do when the ground turkey is on sale for $2 off at her local store? Stock up and freeze!
Needless to say, we've been eating a lot of ground turkey lately, and thankfully, I haven't been hearing many complaints from my boys, bless their hearts.
Probably because I've been developing all sorts of unique recipes using this super affordable, convenient, and versatile cut of meat.
Today, I want to introduce you to these turkey beet meatballs! They are juicy, super flavorful, and chock-full of all those critical nutrients that your baby or toddler needs! The perfect baby led weaning meatballs ;).
Ground turkey. Feel free to swap with chicken, pork, or beef.
Vegetables. Again, you can use whatever you have on hand. Mushrooms are the only non-animal food source of vitamin D, which is very important for babies (for all ages, really). It also helps bulk up the volume, making a pound of meat go a long way.
Beets. You can use raw beets but cooking them will make the meatballs more moist for the baby.
Tahini. A great source of healthy fats, which babies really need! It imparts a subtle nutty flavor which is divine! If there's a sesame allergy, you can substitute with other nut butters (make sure to thin out) or other seed butter.
Beets for Babies
Here's EVERYTHING you need to know about serving this incredible vegetable to your baby.
It seems that people either really love beets or hate them. It was love at first lick for both of my kids, and I learned to appreciate them in my twenties. My husband won't eat them unless they're combined with other foods.
These meatballs will be a great way to get those essential iron and zinc into your little one. Always strive to offer an iron-rich source at every meal! Here's more info on how to build a well-balanced plate. Oh, and let's not forget. You'll also appreciate the fact that they won't be covered in red.
Cook the vegetables so they're nice and soft.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Don't overwork the meat! Otherwise, you'll end up with very tough meatballs.
Shape into small-sized balls and transfer to a greased or lined baking sheet.
Bake, flipping halfway through!
- Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
- Freeze for up to 3 months. I personally flash freeze all my baked goods.
Other Meatball Recipes to Try:
- Asian Turkey Rice Meatballs
- Quinoa and Mushroom Beef Meatballs
- Butternut squash baby beef meatballs
- Super Basic Meatballs
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Kid-friendly Turkey Beet Meatballs
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 medium cooked beets, shred on large holes of box grater (about ¾ cups), squeeze out excess liquid
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat and cook onion and mushrooms until softened, 3-5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix using your hands being careful not to overwork the meat.
- Shape into small-sized balls (see note). Place on a greased or lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway. Using a thermometer, make sure the internal temperature has reached 165F.