A Sunrise Recipe: Baked Spinach Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

Sunrise Senior Living  |  February 26, 2015
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The dining services coordinator at Sunrise of Aurora, ON, quite literally dreamed this recipe up! Upon waking up, she knew it was something her residents would love. It was also a finalist dish in the 2014 Sunrise Senior Eats™ Nutritional Challenge.

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Baked Spinach Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
Serves 6

Sauce:
1 tbsp olive oil
½ each yellow onion, peeled / chopped
½ each red bell pepper, seeded / chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled / minced
1 carrot, peeled / finely chopped
½ stalk celery, chopped
2 tbsp red wine
6 cups canned plum tomatoes
1 tbsp chopped oregano
1 tsp chopped thyme

Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and peppers. Cook until vegetables are soft. Add the garlic, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes more. Add the wine to deglaze, scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and herbs. Bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat. Purée the sauce with a hand blender or in small batches in a blender. Stir the sauce, return to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes more.

Meatballs:
1 ¼ lbs ground turkey
¾ cup finely chopped sautéed spinach
½ cup peeled / grated sweet potato
½ each yellow onion, peeled / minced
¼ cup grated parmesan
2 eggs
2 tbsp oatmeal
2 cloves garlic, peeled / minced
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
¾ tsp ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients. Divide into 18 even portions and shape into balls. Spray a baking tray with pan spray. Arrange meatballs on the tray. Bake at 350˚F for 15 – 20 minutes, until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165˚F for 15 seconds. Combine meatballs and sauce. Serve immediately.