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Sheet Pan Meatballs with Crispy Turmeric Chickpeas

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Sheet Pan Meatballs with Crispy Turmeric Chickpeas

Course: Recipe
Servings

5

servings
Active Time

15

minutes
Cost Per Meal/Person

$2.25

Total time

45

minutes

This recipe originated from the Smitten Kitchen website, one of my favorite food blogs, and adapted. This meal is delicious, truly one of our favorites! The meatballs are so light and fluffy and we love the Middle Eastern flavors. This made us 5 ‘person meals’, or 2 nights of dinner for two of us and one extra dinner or lunch. We served everything on one plate: chickpeas, meatballs, some of the sliced lemon onions, Naan bread and the yogurt sauce for dipping. If you like Middle Eastern flavors, you’ll love this.

Notes about this adaptions:
• I left out the fennel seed.
• I used 20 oz of ground turkey.
• I use Trader Joe’s frozen naan bread for the pita. It’s $2 for 4 pieces.
• The meatballs were enough for the 5 person meals but I doubled the amount of prepared chickpeas

Ingredients

  • Meatballs
  • 20 oz ground turkey

  • ½ cup panko, or other plain, dry breadcrumb

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tbs water

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ tsp ground coriander

  • ½ tsp ground cumin

  • ½ tsp turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne or hot paprika

  • 2 tbs chopped cilantro or mint for garnish

  • Chickpeas
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas. drained and rinsed

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tbs olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Pickled Red Onion to Serve on the Side
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 tbs lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper

  • Yogurt Sauce
  • 1½ cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tbs lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1-2 pieces naan/pita bread cut up and serve with meal

Directions

  • Make the Pickled Onions
  • Toss thin onion slices with lemon juice and season with salt & pepper. Set aside while you make the rest of the meal.
  • Prepare the Chickpeas
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
    Combine chickpeas, cumin, turmeric and half the red onion slices on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Roast for 35-40 minutes.
  • Prepare the Meatballs
  • Meanwhile, make meatball mixture by mixing all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Form into 1¾-inch meatballs.
  • Spray a second baking sheet with oil and then arrange meatballs on the baking sheet.
  • Bake the meatballs for the last 15 minutes the chickpeas are baking.
  • Finish the Sides
  • Make the yogurt sauce: combine yogurt with the lemon juice and season with salt & pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat naan or pita bread for a few minutes. Cut into smaller pieces and serve everything together.
  • Apply cilantro/mint garnish to entire serving.

Total Cost of Meal

  • • $3.50 Ground turkey
    • $2.50 Four cans chickpeas
    • $2.50 Two large red onions
    • $.75 yogurt
    • $1 Two pieces of naan bread
    • $1 Spices, lemon juice, bread crumbs
    $11.25 Total ($2.25/meal)
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