Stage 5

The combination of lean turkey and kale helps each meatball to pack a nutritional punch, and the inclusion of fresh basil is a nice way to introduce your toddler to a new flavor.

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped kale leaves (without stems)
  • 1 tbsp shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 3 cups marinara sauce

Combine turkey, kale, parmesan, bread crumbs, basil, salt and pepper.
Incorporate egg with meat mixture.
Incorporate cottage cheese with meat mixture.
Spray inside of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Roll the turkey mixture into 2-inch balls and place in your prepared slow cooker.
Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs. You can use a prepared marinara sauce for this recipe. Just look for one that does not have a lot of added sugar or preservatives.
Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Serve over pasta, with sautéed zucchini slices or even cauliflower mash.

Recipe Yields: 6 Servings

Storage Time: 3 days in the refrigerator

Turkey is a potent source of lean protein and iron, and kale is an excellent source of vitamins A,C, and K.

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