I love teaching the kids how to cook.  I think it's very important to get them into the kitchen from an early age and thank goodness they love to help out.  Jayden has no trouble baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies from scratch, making fruit smoothies or whipping up whole wheat penne with pesto for dinner.

Marisol didn't want to get messy tonight so she was a little more hesitant to help with this dish, but did give it a go when I told her to make the meatballs just like she would make play-doh balls. Flynn however dove right in.

teach kids to cook

kids in the kitchen
And the result:

turkey meatball recipe

Delicious! And the kids ate every mouthful.

Now I have to give credit where credit is due.  I'd had some ground turkey in the freezer for a week or so and was wondering what I should do with it when I happened upon a discussion on Facebook with Cheryl about meatloaf, which turned into a request for one of her friends to post a recipe for turkey meatballs.  Unfortunately I didn't have all the ingredients I needed to make the ones that were suggested so I decided to throw a few things into a bowl and see how it turned out.  I'm also not one for measuring, so if you plan on making these, I apologize in advance.


Ground turkey

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

1 onion (finely chopped)

2 eggs

thyme (approx 1 tbs)

Everyday seasoning (Trader Joe's have a great one that comes in a grinder)

salt & pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.  Roll into small balls and cook in a frying pan on the stove.  Once browned, add your favorite sauce to the pan and cook until heated through.

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RachelFerrucci- Mama Rucci February 17, 2010 - 8:36 pm

Can you send Jayden my way?????

cat@juggling act February 17, 2010 - 11:12 pm

These look yummy! We do not have turkey in many forms here.

Kathy February 18, 2010 - 4:33 am

You are so right! When my daughter makes it…she always eats it 🙂

Bre February 18, 2010 - 8:39 am

So funny about Miss M not wanting to get messy!
I love cooking with the kids and I think meatballs is going to be our next dish together, thanks to you!!!

ps….Flynn’s messy shirt cracks me up!!

Amy February 18, 2010 - 9:27 am

Those look awesome! I will definitely have to try that. I love meatball stew 🙂


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