Truth is, I’m not great at cooking, and I’m even worse at it when I get home from work, already pretty exhausted, and try to execute a meal.
To combat this, I’m trying to do my best to plan meals in advance, not just by knowing what I’m going to cook in the week ahead, but by preparing the ingredients for the meals, too. That means on Sunday nights, my fiance, Bill, and I will be at the kitchen counter chopping vegetables for the week ahead and portioning them all out into different tupperware containers. It requires quite a bit of work upfront, sure, but it’s so worth it.
The other way I stay sane when it comes to cooking? By using a crock pot. I love that it’s possible to toss a bunch of ingredients in a slow cooker and come home to a delicious, already-prepared meal.
Last week, I tried a variation of a crock pot Italian meatballs recipe from Skinnytaste and Bill and I were able to have three delicious meals from it!
Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs Recipe
(Adapted from SkinnyTaste)
For the meatballs:
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 1/4 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup parsley (dried is fine, though it has less flavor)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp low-sodium Adobo seasoning (optional)
For the sauce:
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Adobo seasoning (optional)
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- salt and fresh pepper to taste
- 1/8 tsp dried oregano
1. Start by combining all meatball ingredients — ground turkey, egg, parsley, garlic powder, cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, and Adobo seasoning — in a large bowl.
2. Mix all ingredients using your (clean!) hands and form small meatballs, about 1 inch around.
3. Pour crushed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, Adobo, salt, pepper, and oregano into crockpot.
4. Drop formed meatballs into the sauce.
5. Cover and set on low for 6 hours.
6. Once done, taste sauce and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Easiest recipe ever or what? The result are some tasty and relatively light meatballs that can be eaten with spaghetti, in a grinder, in sliders (see pic below), or on their own!
I hope to share plenty more crock pot recipes as I discover and try them at home in the future!