Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas

This Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas is a delicious dinner that will make the whole family happy! The greek meatballs have a healthy dose of spinach and a nice bright lemon and herb flavor to complement the veggies and chickpeas. This largely hands-off cooking dinner is gluten-free and optionally dairy-free too!

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We can’t get enough of sheet pan dinners, and we’re happy to hear neither can you! Sheet pan dinners are great because they minimize dishes and utilize hands-off cooking! We love this Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas for all of those reasons, but most important we love it because that flavor is so bright with a healthy does of vegetables! The meatballs are made up of chicken, spinach, lemon and greek spices and optionally feta. It’s easy to leave that out if you are dairy-free but we love the salty kick it gives the meatballs.

We used a bunch of veggies like red onions, peppers and eggplants  to accompany the meatballs, but it’s easy to swap out for what’s in season or available to you, so long as it cooks in relatively the same amount of time. The chickpeas don’t get super crunchy because they’re cooked with a lot of vegetables with moisture but they add some nice texture and of course a healthy dose of fiber! All together this dish is so flavorful and likely to be your new favorite sheet pan dinner!

What vegetables go with meatballs?

We love recipes when they’re versatile in terms of what veggies you can use, and this sheet pan dinner is no exception. We opted to use red onions, red peppers and eggplants (along with chickpeas) for this dish because they complemented the lemon and herb greek meatballs, but really you could use any veggies that would cook in the directed amount of time. Some other options:

  • cauliflower (small florets)
  • broccoli (small florets)
  • diced zucchini or summer squash
  • grape tomatoes

Tips for sheet pan cooking:

  • Sheet pan dinners are the best. Make sure to read the recipe all the way through (of course) and plan to use a timer! This way you can truly walk away from the oven and not have to worry about when you need to add anything for the next step.
  • Do the prep ahead of time: You can prepare so much of this meal the night before so that right before cooking all you have to do is cook! Chop all the veggies (minus the eggplant, which may brown if left cut overnight) and prepare the chickpeas and spices in a bowl and cover overnight in the fridge. You can also prepare the meatball mixture the night before so all you have to do is scoop them when ready to bake.
  • Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you do not want to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so if you are using a smaller sheet pan you may need to use 2 to achieve the same result.

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Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:25 Total Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

For Veggies and Chickpeas:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1- 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 red onion, cored and sliced
  • ½ eggplant, diced to 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

For meatballs:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, squeeze out
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 lb. ground chicken (white or dark meat)
  • parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and lightly oil a 12" x 18" sheet pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients for the veggies and chickpeas and toss to combine. Place the vegetable mixture on the sheet pan, spread out evenly and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile to the bowl add the egg, almond flour, oregano, salt, pepper, lemon zest and garlic and whisk until combined. Add in the spinach, feta, green onions and ground chicken and mix together.
  4. Take the sheet pan out of the oven at 15 minutes and move the veggies and chickpeas to each side to make space in the center for the meatballs.
  5. Using a small scoop (like a cookie scoop) portion meatballs onto the sheet pan (you want the meatballs to me on the small size, about 1” in diameter). Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the meatballs have cooked through to 165ºF.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately, or portion in meal prep containers and cool completely before closing the lid.

Recipe Notes

  1. For dairy-free: leave out the feta!
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Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs (Gluten-Free)

These Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs are the perfect fall dinner. They’re warm and comforting with just enough hint of spice to make you remember the season has changed. But even better is that you can have them on your table in under 30 minutes after coming home from fantastic fall activities! Oh, and they’re paleo, gluten-free and absolutely kid-friendly!

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Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs

Whether you love it or hate it, fall is just around the corner! And this is our quintessential welcome Fall easy 30 minute dinner! For so many of you the welcoming of this season means back from vacations and back to school! This time can be an adjustment, and the last thing you need is to be running around the kitchen making a complicated meal. So we’ve got your covered with these super easy and delicious Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs.

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These meatballs are super easy to prepare and SUPER YUMMY. They’re barely sweet from the apples with a hint of warmth from the allspice. I had to include the sage that’s growing so well from my garden and it was the perfect addition. We opted to pan-sear these first to give a nice caramelized flavor before finishing cooking them in the oven, but feel free to bake them from the start all the way through if you don’t want the extra step.

We like to serve them with butternut squash noodles (or sweet potato noodles) that we quickly sauté up with some garlic and oil. For a more kid-friendly option feel free to serve with some pasta with garlic and olive oil. Either way, they’re just what you’ll want on your table for dinner!

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Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:16 Total Time 00:26 Yields 12

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (light or dark meat)
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon (about 5 leaves) fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon white ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • pinch allspice
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375º and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl add all of the ingredients and mix until fully combined. Form into 12 meatballs.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add oil. Add meatballs, taking care to leave enough space in between each and brown meatballs on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. You may need to do this step in batches depending on how large your skillet is. (See note)
  4. Transfer browned meatballs to the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven until fully cooked through and reached an internal temperature of 165º,  about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve meatballs hot with butternut squash noodles or pasta.

Recipe Notes

  1. Although we love the caramelized apple due to the extra step of browning these meatballs, you can skip this step and just bake in the oven. Bake at 400º for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs have fully cooked through and reached an internal temperature of 165º.
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Thai Meatballs

These Thai Meatballs are paleo, gluten-free, and bursting with flavor. They are a healthy meatball recipe that everybody will love. This thai meatball recipe is loaded with veggies and infused with the perfect flavor combination of ginger, chili, garlic, and more. A total crowd pleaser that gets rave reviews!

Paleo Thai Meatballs

  Thai Meatballs

It took me a good three attempts to perfect these Thai Turkey Meatballs just right, and man are they a hit. The first time, the flavors just weren’t there… The second attempt was better, but needed a little more. Third times a charm because these FLEW off the plate. We couldn’t stop talking about how much we loved them and wanted them again.

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Plus, these could not be easier to make. Mix all the ingredients, toss on a baking sheet, bake, and enjoy! They make for a great meal prep option too! Protein packed, nutritious, and easy to take on the go.

Best Ground Turkey to Buy

We always buy organic ground turkey whenever possible!

What should I eat with meatballs

  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Rice
  • Stir Fry Veggies
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Zucchini Noodles
  • Rice Noodles
  • Thai Salad
  • … As MEAL PREP!

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Paleo Thai Meatballs

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:30 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Meatballs

    Sauce

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 375
    • In a bowl combine all meatball ingredients
    • Mix well and form into balls
    • Place balls on lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes
    • While baking, combine all sauce ingredients in a small pot over medium heat
    • Once boiling, stir, and reduce heat to a simmer
    • When meatballs are done pour sauce over it, or use sauce as a dipping sauce

    Recipe Notes

    • *Can sub sriracha for chili paste
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    Nanny’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Nanny's Sweet & Sour Meatballs {Paleo-friendly, perfect for passover, low-carb} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Nanny’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a family staple holiday recipe, made a little bit cleaner! We love this slightly sweetened sauce paired with the gluten-free meatballs for a perfect holiday meal.

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    Last week I talked a little about Passover and my family. Specifically my nanny (also known as grandma). This little lady (little, like me), is extremely special to me.  She is also a mean cook in the kitchen. I’ve learned many tricks of the trade from her, especially when it comes to Holiday cooking. I also dedicated my cookbook to her! If you’ve made Nanny’s Potted Chicken, you already know how fabulous her cooking is!

    When she gave me her Swedish Meatballs and Rolled Cabbage recipe, I knew it was something I wanted to adapt to be a tad cleaner. After a few trial and errors, I’ve made a sauce almost identical to Nanny’s. Note: We used to call these Swedish meatballs in our family, but sweet and sour is way more appropriate!

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    Nanny's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 0:35 Yields 6

    Ingredients

      Sauce

      • 2 teaspoons oil of choice
      • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, mined
      • 1 28 ounce can tomato sauce
      • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice
      • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
      • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
      • 2 tablespoons honey
      • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
      • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
      • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
      • A squeeze of lemon juice
      • 1/2 tablespoon fine sea salt, more to taste

      Meatballs

      Directions

      1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until they start to caramelize and brown.
      2. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
      3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, taste and adjust spices as necessary.
      4. In a bowl, combine meat, almond flour, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well and roll into balls.
      5. Gently add the meatballs to the simmering sauce. Use a spoon to spoon sauce over meatballs to cover them in the sauce as they cook.
      6. Let simmer over medium-low heat for an additional 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked and no pink remains. Serve warm.

      Recipe Notes

      • *Nanny uses a blend of half ground chuck and half ground veil in her original recipe.
      • **Nanny's original sauce recipe: 1 can cranberry sauce (whole or jelly), 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce, 1 can Sauce Arturo, a little lemon juice.
      • ***Photos updated March, 2017
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      Light Sesame Asian Meatballs

      These chicken meatballs would make the perfect healthy Superbowl appetizer or… serve it over cauliflower rice with a side of stir-fry veggies and have yourself a nice, quick and easy dinner!SAVORY SUNDAYS

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      Loaded Turkey Meatballs

      These delicious meatballs are healthy and perfectly packed with flavor. Spaghetti and meatballs, anyone? Indulge in a healthy version with zucchini linguine or spaghetti squash as a clean healthy alternative to the real thing (tastes even better, in my opinion)!

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      Loaded Turkey Meatballs

      Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:28

      Ingredients

      Directions

    • 1. Preheat oven to 350
    • 2. Line a baking sheet and grease lightly
    • 3. In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well
    • 4. Roll into balls and bake on 350 for about 15-20 minutes, or until fully cooked through
    • 5. Serve with sauce of choice!
    • Recipe Notes

    • Can sub ground chicken, too!
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