Thai Turkey Meatballs {Paleo}

by Kelli H. on May 25, 2016

Paleo Thai Turkey Meatballs 1Last weekend David and I spent the entire time out in our yards — front and back. 

You see, last year when we bought our house it had been unoccupied for a.very.long.time. So, the grass out front was dead, there was a dead tree in the middle of the lawn, and a huge bush blocking a side fence. Last spring we embarked on landscaping projects which started out at full force but was then followed by little improvements here and there. Our dead tree in the middle of the yard was removed, the bush blocking a fence was removed to provide adequate access, and our dead lawn was turned to dirt that was then lined with visqueen and rocks. When I first saw our front yard was just rocks I was a pretty terrified. It looked ridiculous. Luckily my dad brought in some large boulders and with his landscaping eye he helped give us ideas to make the front yard drought resistant, require little maintenance, but also look nice. Last spring we were able to plant a bunch of different grasses, flowers, etc to make a nice little rock garden area inside the big rocks. It grew in beautifully over the last year!

Paleo Thair Turkey Meatballs 4{Front side of rock garden from April 2016}

In the beginning of April we were dying to add some more plants to our yard so we started with adding some pink hydrangeas under our large front window. They are slowly growing and taking root. We then picked up a $100 olive tree from a local farm and planted that in the front yard. It is all looking so nicely. We still wanted to add more so I asked my dad if he had anymore large boulders to add another “rock garden” area to the front of our front yard. He hooked it up and alas we have another rock area to plant in. That’s where last weekend comes along. It was time to plant inside the new rock garden.

Paleo Thai Turkey Meatballs 3{Back side of rock garden April 2016}

Most all of Saturday was spent in the front yard digging six new holes for our new plants, hooking up irrigation, and trimming up the existing landscaping. David and I are really happy with how the front yard is looking. Sunday was spent on backyard landscaping. We bought 7 redwood trees to line an empty fence line in our backyard. We’re hoping it’ll provide privacy from one of our neighbors. We were able to plant five (10-12 foot trees!) of the trees with my dad’s help but we still had two more to plant on our own which we did on Tuesday night after work. I know planting a tree doesn’t sound that difficult but our yard is riddled with tree roots underground so every time you try to dig you just hit roots. It’s very frustrating! We also have adobe clay so digging in clay is also another struggle. 

Paleo Thai Turkey Meatballs 2

Anyway, houses take a lot of work. Especially if you decide to buy a house with a decent size yard and don’t want to pay a landscaper. We’re doing the best we can but sometimes it feels like all we do is work in our yards! Luckily we have delicious recipes like this one to get us through all the hard labor. These turkey meatballs have so much flavor! They are also super healthy for you with nothing bad added. I love serving them with a side of rice and some broccoli. They are pretty easy to make, too! The sauce finishes them off perfectly and also goes over the rice to provide tons of flavor all around.

P.S. I think I need to have separate landscaping posts rather than mixing them with meatball recipes. 😉 Hope you’ll forgive me this time! 

Thai Turkey Meatballs {Paleo}
Savory and tangy turkey meatballs bursting with flavor and easy to prepare.
Turkey Meatballs
  1. 1 pound ground turkey
  2. 1 egg, whisked
  3. 1 large carrot, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
  4. 3 green onions, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  5. 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  6. 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  7. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  8. 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if using soy sauce)
  1. 1/4 cup chicken broth
  2. 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  3. 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  4. 2 teaspoon ginger, grated
  5. 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  6. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  7. Serve over cooked rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl combine all the turkey meatball ingredient together. Mix well and form into 1 tablespoon balls. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven.
  3. While meatballs are cooking combine all the sauce ingredients together in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer and cook until meatballs are out of the oven.
  4. Drizzle sauce over meatballs and rice to serve.
  1. I love using my OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop to make sure all the meatballs are uniform in size so they cook evenly.
Adapted from A Saucy Kitchen
Adapted from A Saucy Kitchen
Made In Sonoma

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Patsy May 25, 2016 at 9:14 pm

I love that your recipes fit in one screenshot.
Makes it easy to keep up with????????????❤️


Kelli H. May 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

I’m glad you like that! I’d never thought about that — haha.


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health May 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Your rock garden looks so pretty! You guys did an awesome job. Also, I love that you planted redwoods. It will be neat to watch them grow over the years. 🙂


thefolia May 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Cheers to ginger in the balls! Love these meatballs! Happy feasting.


Katie @ Live Half Full September 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Yum!!! Your yard looks great and I’m definitely making these soon!


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