lemony turkey meatballs with cauliflower rice

lemony turkey meatballs with cauliflower rice

A new go-to weeknight recipe, these lemony turkey meatballs with cauliflower rice are bright, delicious, and packed with protein.

Alternating between lean turkey and lean chicken can get tiresome. However, when you’re armed with an arsenal of yummy recipes you can turn either protein option into a healthy, delicious meal. I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of ground turkey and chicken breast recipes on SepCooks and that’s no accident.

My husband, Kenny, and I love food but we also aspire to live a healthy life. We’re both able to pack away our share of savory cheat meals and sweet treats on weekends so we try to keep it pretty healthy during the week. To help us stick to our fitness goals, I experiment with different ways to make lean turkey and chicken more exciting.

We grocery shop once a week, stocking up on ingredients for nutritious go-to meals. Our list always includes chicken breast, extra lean ground beef, and ground turkey. We store them in the freezer for quick weeknight meals. Maman taught me to always have frozen meat on hand. She could always whip up a nourishing, hot meal even when it seemed like there was nothing to eat.

Now that I’m running my own household, I remember what my mom taught me and keep staples in my kitchen at all times. The recipe for these lemony turkey meatballs with cauliflower rice is a new one in our home and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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lemony turkey meatballs with cauliflower rice

lemony turkey meatballs with cauliflower rice

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  • Author: Sepideh Esmaili Campos




  • Olive oil spray 
  • 8 scallions, white and light green parts sliced separately from the dark green parts
  • Zest and juice of 2 fresh lemons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup dried bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk 
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper 
  • ¼ cup Parmesan 
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 2 pounds ground turkey 

Cauliflower rice: 

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 16 ounces cauliflower rice 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • Kosher salt to taste 
  • Optional serving sauces: ketchup, sriracha, sweet chili sauce


Prepare the meatballs: 

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the top third of the oven.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray the foil with olive oil and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the white and light green parts of the sliced scallions with the lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, bread crumbs, buttermilk, egg, black pepper, parmesan, garlic powder, and ground ginger. 
  4. Use a fork to fully combine the mixture. 
  5. Add the ground turkey and mix by hand until fully combined. 
  6. Scoop out 2 ounces of meat at a time, roll the meat into balls, and place on the prepared baking sheet. You can also use a #24 ice cream scooper to get equal portions of meat.
  7. Continue scooping and rolling until you’ve turned all of the meat into balls. 
  8. Spray the tops of the meatballs and bake until the meat is cooked through, 12-15 minutes. 
  9. Preheat the broiler and cook the meatballs further until the tops are lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. 
  10. Remove from the oven and prepare the cauliflower rice. 

Prepare the cauliflower rice: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. 
  2. Add the cauliflower and saute on high until the moisture has released and the cauliflower pieces are cooked, 5-8 minutes. 
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook and stir until fragrant, 1 minutes. 
  4. Season with salt to taste. 
  5. Garnish with the dark green parts of the scallions.
  6. Serve the meatballs and cauliflower rice together, serve with your favorite sauce if desired.  

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