Turkey meatballs and Falafel unite in this Turkey Falafel Meatballs recipe. When you mix chickpeas, Middle Eastern Spices and ground turkey, you get extremely tender tasty meatballs. And just wait until you try them drizzled with lemon yogurt sauce...
It's great to have a stash of comfort food recipes that taste like a delicious indulgence yet are lighter and healthier than classic comfort foods. These turkey falafel meatballs fit the bill. They have lots of lean protein from turkey and all the nutritious benefits of falafel, but way less fat because they're not deep fried.
How to make Turkey Falafel Meatballs
The recipe is easy enough for a weeknight. Chop the falafel mixture in the food processor, mix it with ground turkey and bread crumbs (or quinoa), roll it into balls and sauté.
- Pulse canned chickpeas, onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, egg, cumin, coriander and salt in the food processor until everything is chopped finely.
- Scrape the mixture into a bowl and add ground turkey and bread crumbs (or quinoa for gluten-free)
- Mix well, roll into balls and sauté until golden brown and cooked through.
- If you prefer, you can bake these turkey meatballs in the oven. Spread them out on lightly-oiled baking tray and cook for 20 minutes at 400ºF.
What is Falafel and Who Invented It?
Falafel is made of ground chickpeas or fava beans, mixed with herbs and spices, shaped into a ball or patty, and deep fried. The balls are usually served wrapped in pita with assorted salad ingredients and tahini sauce on top.
Falafel is extremely popular throughout the Middle East. But like many things in that region, falafel is the subject of a contentious debate about which country is its rightful owner or originator.
Honestly, after a good deal of research, I'm reluctant to connect these fried chickpea balls to any single country for fear of inciting a war. And I can truthfully (and safely) say that my recipe for turkey falafel meatballs was inspired equally by the falafel of Israel, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon.
How To Serve Turkey Falafel Meatballs
These are great for lunch or dinner, served warm or at room temperature.
- For dinner serve these warm, over rice or mashed potatoes, and choose one of the dishes listed below, to serve on the side.
- Side dishes: These are my favorite sides to serve with these meatballs: Mediterranean chickpea salad, Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad, Moroccan Carrot Salad, Shirazi Salad (Persian Cucumber, tomato, onions salad).
- For lunch, stuff falafel meatballs into a pita with chopped veggies or Shirazi salad, hummus and lemon yogurt sauce.
More healthy comfort food recipes to try:
- Healthy Shepherd's Pie (dairy-free, loaded with veggies)
- Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole with Kale (Vegetarian)
- My Favorite Vegetarian Chili (easily made vegan)
- Moroccan Meatballs (whole30, Gluten-free, Paleo)
Do you have a favorite healthy comfort food? If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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