I try to cook with turkeyoften as an alternative to chicken to stay out of the red-meat-zone. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cook with large pieces of turkey, so I usually opt for ground turkey.
Some recipes I use ground turkey for include meatloaf, burritos and chili. Basically, anywhere you can substitute for ground beef.
This meatball soup is really nice! I love it because it is hearty and fills you up as a whole meal, but when you break it down it is actually very light – brown rice, vegetables and ground turkey meatballs.
In my opinion, the two reasons why this soup is so nice is 1) the meatballs are browned in a frying pan and then cooked in the broth, making them nice and succulent, and 2) the soy sauce in the broth makes it oh so satisfying.
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Asian Turkey Meatballs In Broth
Asian Style Turkey Meatballs In Broth
Serves 4-6, depending on how hungry you are
500g ground turkey (around half a pound)
1/3 cup bread crumbs or quick oats
2 green onions, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2+3 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oil (for frying)
1 head of bok choy, chopped – or use baby bok choi
4 large carrots, peeled sliced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh bird’s eye chili pepper, minced. Alternatively ¼ tsp bird’s eye chili powder,
3-4slices of ginger
1 L (4 cups) chicken or vegetable broth, + 1 cup extra if needed
2 cups cut green beans – fresh or froven
¼ cup soya sauce – add more to taste
Juice of ½ lime + more to taste
Cooked white or brown rice for serving.
Combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix well. To help meatballs stick better, throw mixture against bottom of mixing bowl repeatedly until mixture sticks together nicely.
Form into 1.5 inch meatballs – about 16-18 total
Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Cook meatballs, flipping at least once and stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes.
In a soup pot, heat oil on medium heat.
Sauté carrots for a couple of minutes. Add bok choi, green onion. Saute for a few more minutes.
Add ginger, garlic and chili pepper. Saute for 1 minute.
Stir in chicken broth, meatballs, green beans and 1 cup extra of broth if needed. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, until meatballs are cooked, about 20 minutes.
Stir in soy sauce and lime juice.
Divide rice into 4 bowls, cover with broth, meatballs and vegetables.