The end of summertime offers wonderful produce, and we spend more time in the kitchen making tasty foods so the boys can learn how to cook too. Lately, my favorite vegetable is cauliflower, and I rice it as a much more nutritious, healthier, lower calorie alternative to grain rice (I substitute it into every recipe that calls for rice or pasta since I follow a keto diet). I also find that ground turkey is a great substitute for ground beef, and is lighter and lower in fat.
One of my family’s favorite recipes is a Turkey and Baked Beans Meatballs recipe filled with ground turkey and baked beans, and served over riced cauliflower. It’s an ideal appetizer for summer get togethers, and makes a delicious lunch. For this recipe we used BUSH’S Baked Beans in the Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans flavor, but you can substitute it for a flavor you prefer.
If you’re looking for a great spin on meatballs that is perfect for summer, this is it! If anyone in your family wants to increase their veggies or decrease red meat (I know my husband’s doctor already gave him the push to eat healthier), this is it. Baked beans add volume to the meatballs in a tasty way, and replace the usual grains used (such as bread crumbs), and they round out a meal of meatballs that can make a simple family meal or a big party of people very happy.
Turkey and Baked Beans Meatballs
2 lb ground turkey
1 can (28 oz) baked beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp chili Powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1. Heat oven to 425º F.
2. Grease baking sheet with olive oil.
3. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
4. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients using the pulse function. Pulse five times, then add in eggs and pulse until well mixed.
5. Form 1 inch balls with the mixture and set them 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake at 425º F for 12 minutes, turn the meatballs, then cook for another 12 minutes.
6. Cook riced cauliflower as per instructions on package (or if ricing whole cauliflower in the food processor, pulse cauliflower florets until they becomes small grains and boil freshly riced cauliflower over medium heat in a small pot for 6 minutes). Drain, stir in 2 tablespoons of butter, and add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Serve Turkey and Baked Beans meatballs over riced cauliflower for a deliciously light, summer meal.
Outdoor entertaining is one of the most wonderful aspects of summer, so I love recipes that are easy for guests to enjoy outdoors. Serving the Turkey and Baked Beans Meatballs in little lettuce cups makes them easy to grab and eat while chatting and milling around, and making them with turkey and BUSH’S baked beans instead of ground beef and potatoes is a lighter, summery twist.
Baked beans are slow-cooked for a rich, delicious flavor, so we tend to keep baked beans in BPA free cans in our pantry to make sure we always have them on hand to add to recipes. Ground turkey tends to be a bit less flavorful than ground beef, so we add in more spices and flavor around it to have incredibly delicious meatballs that are lighter and wholesome and yummy!