The Mediterranean diet is trending and chances are good that you already know about it, you may have even pinned and shared some amazing recipes by now. Though not completely Paleo in approach, we can learn from centuries of processed-free living. We can wisely and creatively take the healthiest ingredients of the diet and diversify our own, so that spices can entertain our taste buds for years to come.
Using almond flour instead of bread crumbs, is what makes these meatball skewers particularly special. The turkey and the almond melt into each other, making every mouthful a delight. Almond flour is made from blanched almonds without the skins, almond meal is ground nuts with the skins on. You can use either of them as a thickener for soups, stews, gravies, or yes, even as a binder for meatballs. As a bonus, you will be increasing your vitamin E intake, as well as manganese, potassium and copper. If you can’t find it at the store, you can grind your own almonds in a food processor – just careful not to over-grind and end up with almond butter – in that case you can make a dessert of Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Stuffed Dates instead!
For a warming starter, try pairing these turkey meatballs with a Simple Carrot Soup. If it’s a side you are after, then we are convinced that Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale is a match made in heaven, just harmonize the spices and season accordingly.
Mediterranean Turkey Meatball Skewers Recipe
Protein: 32g / %
Carbs: 10g / %
Fat: 27g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, minced
- 2 green onions, minced
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 bell peppers, roughly chopped into 1 inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tbsp. fresh oregano, minced
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Wood or metal skewers
- Preheat grill to medium-high.
- Combine the turkey, almond flour, olives, green onion, garlic, fresh parsley, oregano, egg, and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Mix everything until well combined, and form the mixture into equal size meatballs (about the size of a ping pong ball).
- Thread the meatballs and roughly chopped bell pepper, alternating meat/vegetables on skewers.
- Cook the meatballs skewers 3 to 4 minutes per side or until meatballs are cooked through.