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I don’t know about you, but the biggest challenge I find with healthy eating is planning and meal prep. I want healthy and delicious meals for my family and myself, but I need to keep it simple.
I am more successful at staying on track when my meals are realistically planned and can be ready when I get in from work and my family’s activities.
This is where my slowcooker comes in handy. It is the perfect appliance for all seasons. I have the Hamilton Beach 7 Quart Programmable Slowcooker. I purchased this model this past summer after my old one had broken. I couldn’t be happier with it. The size is perfect for my family and the removable insert is very easy to clean. My favorite thing about this slowcooker is the ability to program the temperature and the time. When the food is finished cooking and the time duration is complete, it will change to the warm setting. This feature prevents food from burning or overcooking, but still keeps it warm.
Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker
These turkey meatballs are a healthy and delicious solution to dinnertime and can be easily made in your slowcooker. They are gluten free, as well as Whole 30 and Paleo friendly.
For these meatballs, you will need two pounds of organic ground turkey, 1 egg, 1 clove (or 1/2 tsp. minced) garlic, 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, and fresh ground pepper. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. With clean hands, mix by hand to form 24 small meatballs.
I like to bake them first before I add them to the sauce in the slowcooker.
In just 15 minutes at 375 degrees, they will have a nice sear on the outside.
While they are baking, you can make this simple sauce. In your slowcooker, combine 2 tsp. Olive oil, 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, 2 cloves ( or 1 tsp. minced) garlic, 1 tsp. dried parsley, 1 bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste.
Simply add the meatballs to the sauce and cook on low for 2-4 hours.
Another option is to skip the step of cooking the meatballs in the oven and place the meatballs directly into the sauce. If you choose this method, as I usually do before heading out to work in the morning, then you just set your slowcooker to low for 6-8 hours.
The aroma of these meatballs and sauce will quickly begin to fill your kitchen.
Before you enjoy this flavorful meal, remove the bay leaf from the sauce.
To keep the meal gluten free and Whole30 friendly, these meatballs can be served over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
My family, who has no dietary restrictions, prefers them over pasta or on a crusty rolls.
Just add some fresh basil and you have yourself a healthy and delicious meal.
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 clove of garlic (or 1 tsp minced garlic)
- 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- fresh ground pepper
- Sauce: 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic (1 tsp minced garlic)
- 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the first six ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- With clean hands, mix by hand.
- Form 24 small meatballs.
- You may bake these meatballs for 15 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven to form a sear.
- While they are baking, combine olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper, and 1 bay leaf in a slowcooker.
- Add meatballs to sauce and cook on low for 2-4 hours.
- Another option is to skip baking the meatballs in the oven.
- Place raw meatballs in sauce in the slowcooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove bayleaf before serving.
- Enjoy with spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, pasta, or crusty bread.
I hope you give this easy, delicious, and healthy recipe a try!