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Turkey Meatballs over Baked Sweet Potatoes
with Italian side salad

Active: 30 min Total: 40 min
Meatballs are an ultimate comfort food. These are a bit lighter than some thanks to the use of turkey meatballs and have a paleo-friendly twist served over sweet potatoes. We serve them with a tangy Italian-style side salad for a restaurant meal made right in your home kitchen.


Turkey Meatballs over Sweet Potatoes:
  • Potatoes, sweet - 4
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Parsley, any fresh variety - 1/4 cup , chopped
  • Eggs - 1
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans
Italian Side Salad:
  • Onions, red - 1/2 , thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes, roma - 4 , chopped
  • Lettuce, romaine (sub butterhead) - 4 hearts , chopped
  • Black olives, sliced (1 can = 2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp


  1. Scrub potatoes clean. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Garlic - Prep as directed. If prepping right before cooking, get sauce simmering (Make Step #1) before returning to do the rest of prep. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Meatballs - In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg. Add parsley, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Add turkey and stir until evenly combined (or mix with your hands). Form into 1” (2.5 cm) wide meatballs, about 4 to 5 meatballs per serving. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Tomatoes / Lettuce - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Rinse and drain olives.

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  1. Heat a large saucepan with a lid over medium heat. Add cooking oil, garlic and oregano and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Add tomatoes (including liquid) and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. If you would like a smoother sauce, blend with an immersion blender. Season with some salt and pepper. Add meatballs to sauce and gently spoon sauce over to coat. Return lid to the pot and continue to cook over medium heat until meatballs are cooked through, ~10 minutes.
  3. While meatballs simmer, peirce potatoes with a fork. Place in a baking dish and pour 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of water in the dish. Cover with a wet paper towel and cook in microwave until easily pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once in the middle.
  4. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Toss lettuce, olives, tomatoes and onions in dressing.
  5. Halve sweet potatoes and spoon meatballs and sauce over the halves. Serve with salad on the side and enjoy!



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