Kale From The Garden Paired With Turkey Meatballs

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Kale, often unappreciated and ignored in the garden, makes a heavenly pairing with simple turkey meatballs for a powerfully healthy dinner.  The beauty of having a garden, even a tiny one, is that you can go outside and have instant satisfaction for a job well done.  It is always so fun for me to prepare any meal around what is ready for harvest in the garden. If you want a challenge, try growing what you eat!  But seriously, growing kale is so simple and the rewards are so great.  It can be thrown in a salad, tossed in pasta, or served on its own with a variety of accompaniments.  Turkey meatballs are a favorite of mine!  Kale and sweet spring onions, you can’t go wrong!

Simple Turkey Meatballs:

Mix dark ground turkey, it has more flavor than the breast, with a little bit of finely chopped garlic, sea salt and freshly ground pepper (if I have fresh parsley, I chop finely and throw that in as well).  Form into balls and place on a sheet pan. Sprinkle with a little bit of olive oil and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove to a plate while preparing the kale salad.  Do not discard the excess oil, I love to use this in the dressing, but it is totally optional.

Kale Salad With A Simple Lemon Juice Dressing:

In the bottom of a salad bowl squeeze a bit of lemon juice, for just me, I use the juice of 1/2 of a lemon.  Whisk in a bit of olive oil and the oil from the pan(optional), sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Add the kale and some sliced sweet spring onions.  Toss well and serve topped with a few turkey meatballs.

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