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overhead shot of cooked turkey meatballs on a blue plate with a side of tahini and lemon slice

Kid-friendly Turkey Beet Meatballs

These oven-baked turkey beet meatballs are quick and easy to prepare, healthy, and most importantly baby and toddler approved!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 22 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium cooked beets, shred on large holes of box grater (about 3/4 cups), squeeze out excess liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

For younger babies (6-8 months), shape into larger meatballs - 1.5 inch or so. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
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. See below for instructions on how to cook them.
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.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
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