Lemon Turkey Meatballs

When I think summer cooking, I think lemon and dill. I love dill. Dill is a fairly new herb to make its way into my life. I’ve cooked with dried dill here and there, but as you know, nothing compares to fresh herbs. Fresh is always best. Ground turkey is a great swap for ground beef. Ground turkey, even organic and hormone free, is one of the most economical meats out there and it’s incredibly versatile.
Having a two year old, I’m also making dinners toddler friendly. My son loves lemon and had fun helping me cook. By help, I mean smelling the lemon, herbs, and asking “Mama what’s this?” every time I set something new on the counter.

I’m also in dire need of a food photographer. Must be willing to drop everything and be at my house when I’m done cooking dinner, and will not mind the toys, dirty diapers, and laundry that decorates every square inch of my house. You must also be extremely fast or not mind the nagging of my child or husband to hurry up so they can eat. The schedule is beyond random and you may arrive only to find I’ve changed my mind because it’s not a “pretty photo dish”. Any takers?:)

1 lb. ground turkey
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh dill, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Mix the ground turkey, lemon zest, dill, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once combined, form into balls (mine made about 9 meatballs).
2. In a large non-stick skillet add the olive oil and heat over medium heat, 1-2 minutes. Add meatballs, in batches to be sure none are sticking. Cook the meatballs for 2-3 minutes and rotate them, browning and cooking on all sides.
3. Once the meatballs are nearly finished, add the minced garlic and chicken broth. With a wooden spoon, scrape any bits from the meatballs, as this will give great flavor to your broth. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, spooning the liquid over the meatballs.
4. Serve alongside rice, cauliflower rice, roasted potatoes or pasta.


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