MOROCCAN LENTILS WITH TURKEY MEATBALLS

 MOROCCAN LENTILS WITH TURKEY MEATBALLS

  These yummy turkey meatballs with lentils are so comforting and filling, and the flavors are a unique and tasty combination of sweet and savory spices!

PREP TIME : 5 minutes COOK TIME : 30 minutes TOTAL TIME : 35 minutes

MOROCCAN LENTILS WITH TURKEY MEATBALLS
 MOROCCAN LENTILS WITH TURKEY MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS :

FOR THE TURKEY MEATBALLS:

  1. 1 pound ground turkey
  2. 1 egg
  3. ½ cup bread crumbs
  4. 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  5. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 teaspoon cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon paprika
  8. ½ teaspoon turmeric
  9. ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  10. ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  11. ½ teaspoon salt
  12. ½ teaspoon pepper

FOR THE LENTILS:

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  4. 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  5. 1 teaspoon cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon paprika
  7. ½ teaspoon turmeric
  8. ¼ teaspoon cayenne, (optional)
  9. ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  10. ½ teaspoon salt
  11. ½ teaspoon pepper
  12. 1 cup green or brown lentils
  13. 4 cups chicken stock
  14. 14.5 ounces petite diced tomatoes (canned)
  15. 3 tablespoons parsley chopped,, plus more for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS :

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Combine the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, fresh parsley, minced garlic, and meatball spices in a large bowl. Mix together without overworking.
  • Form fifteen 2-inch meatballs and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, start the lentils: in a large pan saute the garlic, onion and carrots in olive oil for 8-10 minutes over medium heat.  Stir in the lentil spices, then add lentils and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 18-20 minutes uncovered.
  • Add in diced tomatoes, parsley, and baked meatballs, and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Garnish with more chopped parsley and serve.

NOTES :

  • An ice cream scoop sprayed with a little cooking spray works well to help form the meatballs.
  • Clove can be a very strong spice... it can be replaced by cinnamon if preferred.
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