{ Healthy Crockpot Creole Turkey Meatballs in an Heirloom Tomato Sauce }

Creole Turkey Meatballs Crawfish & crunchesMeatballs are a healthy dinner staple in this house. I make them so many different ways! Today I’m taking my traditional creole turkey meatballs and letting them simmer all day in a light broth, chock full of veggies and fresh tomatoes in the crockpot.

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For 2-4 servings

You will need:

  • 2-3 T olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (a splash)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional topping)

For the sauce:

  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cups cubed eggplant
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups ripe heirloom or on the vine tomatoes, cubed or halved
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T black pepper
  • 1 T salt
  • 1/2 T crushed dried bay leaves
  • 2 T Italian seasoning
  • 2 T tomato paste

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 onion, diced small
  • 3 stalks celery, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning (more to taste once plated)
  • 3 T Italian Seasoning
  • 3 T onion powder
  • 2 T black pepper, 1 T salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Creole Turkey Meatballs 2crawfish & crunchesDirections:

1) In a large pan on high heat, brown onion in olive oil. Transfer to crockpot. Repeat with batches of eggplant, then mushrooms.

2) Place remaining sauce ingredients in crockpot and stir.

3) Mix your turkey meatball ingredients lightly with your hands or a spatula. Do not over mix. Skillet should be on medium-high heat and have either non-stick spray or olive oil on the bottom of the pan. Form small balls in your hands and then drop onto skillet. Brown on each side, being very careful not to break them. Do not cook through.

4) Gently transfer meatballs to crockpot and lay on top of veggies.

5) Pour chicken broth into hot pan and scrape up any brown bits, transfer liquid to crockpot. It may seem like there is not much liquid at this point, but all the veggies will release a lot of liquid.

6) A few hours into cooking, transfer some of the broth on the bottom of the crockpot to drizzle over the meatballs.

7) Cook for 6 hours and serve with fresh green salad and/or whole wheat pasta. Add more salt and pepper, or creole seasoning to taste. Top with parmesan. It gets even better the second day!

 

 

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