Turkey is a lean and thrifty protein source. For this recipe, I combined minced turkey breast with the warming Middle Eastern spices of ground coriander and cumin.
The end result is these flavoursome and succulent turkey meatballs, served with couscous and lemon black kale.
A satisfying supper that is high in nutrients.
Ingredients - Serves 4
For the turkey meatballs:
500g turkey breast mince
1 onion (180g), very finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
large handful of parsley leaves (5g), finely chopped
1 large tomato (150g), finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of oil for cooking (rapeseed is ideal)
For the couscous:
4x spring onions, sliced
large handful of parsley, finely chopped
sea salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for drizzling
For the lemon kale
1 pack of black kale (calvo nero), 200g
juice of 1 lemon
sea salt & pepper to taste
To make the meatballs, combine all of the ingredients (apart from the oil) in a large bowl. Mix it well by kneading it with your hands until well combined.
Shape into meatballs.
Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.
Fry the meatballs for 5 minutes on one side, turn over then press them down and fry for another 5 minutes. This makes the shape akin to a mini burger but it does ensure that the meat is throughly cooked.
Keep them warm until you make the couscous and kale (I did this by putting the meatballs in a bowl and popping them in the oven on a low heat).
Put the couscous with a pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl, pour over enough boiling water to cover the couscous by an inch. Cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Fluff it up with a fork, add the spring onions and parsley, drizzle with olive oil and stir well to combine.
For the kale, tear the leaves into small chunks, discarding the main stem. Put the kale in a large bowl, season well with salt and pepper and squeeze over the lemon juice. Massage the lemon juice into the kale for 5 minutes or so until the leaves have broken down. You should end up with roughly half the volume that you started with.
Divide the couscous, kale and meatballs between four plates and serve.