Detox Kitchen turkey meatballs recipe

The power of a good night’s sleep cannot be underestimated and this Detox Kitchen turkey meatballs recipe is full of sleep-enhancing nutrients to help you drift off, including tryptophan from turkey, melatonin from tomatoes and potassium from sweet potato.

This can easily be adapted for vegetarians and vegans – simply leave out the turkey meatballs and top with a sprinkle of mixed seeds.

detox kitchen turkey meatballs recipe
Detox Kitchen

SERVES 4

MAKES 16 MEATBALLS

400g turkey mince
½ red onion, finely chopped
80g sweetcorn
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
Small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
Salt
Cracked black pepper

FOR THE TOMATO SAUCE

1 tbsp rapeseed oil
½ red onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
½ sweet potato, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
50g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
Small bunch of basil, roughly chopped
Salt
Cracked black pepper

TO SERVE

200g spaghetti or 2 spiralised courgettes

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

  2. To make the turkey meatballs, put all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix well. Using the palm of your hands, form 16 balls, approximately the size of golf balls.

  3. Put the balls on a lined baking tray then bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

  4. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large heavy-based saucepan and fry the onion, carrot and sweet potato over a medium heat for 10 minutes or until softened, adding the garlic for the last minute.
  5. Then add the chopped tomatoes, 400ml water and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  6. Roughly blitz the seeds in a food processor or roughly chop by hand so they are slightly broken down but not too fine.
  7. Add the seeds and basil to the sauce.
  8. Serve the tomato sauce and turkey meatballs on top of pasta or courgetti. Enjoy!