{Eating Clean}: Italian Turkey Meatball Stir-Fry.

by Katelyn Block on August 2, 2012 · 18 comments

Fresh produce. I love it.

I could go to the Farmer’s Market every day of my life and just people-watch all day long. And shop.

True story, every time I go there, I walk by the meat and seafood counter and get a little bit confused. The whole open-air thing grosses me out a bit. It makes sense that it’s the “natural” way to do things (open-air markets are all the rage in cities across the world, or so I’ve heard), but I don’t like the idea of fly poop on my fish. That’s just my personal preference, though.

So, I often purchase my proteins from Wegman’s or a health food store where they sell free-range and organic meat. My general rule of thumb: Buy all of the vegetables you can at the farmer’s market, and get the rest at the store. Try to remind me to stay away from the “healthy” chocolate aisle when I get back to school in the fall. #brokeaswhaaaaaa

One of my ultimate staples: a beautiful bunch of tomatoes.

They can be used in anything. To make a sauce, sliced on top of a salad, or used to add flavor and saute — like in this dish.

For this recipe, I’m using kosher, white ground turkey. It’s not organic, and it certainly isn’t fancy, but there’s one thing that a girl always has to keep in mind: Spending wisely. It’s smart to buy mostly organic food, and saving a few bucks once in a while and buying conventional. It’s all about balance.

One thing that I have issues with: Balancing avocado consumption.

These things are so satisfying. They can be used on dishes and salads, in smoothies, or in mousse. I prefer the latter.

But today, we’ll just use them to add a creamy note to this dish. Melt-in-your-mouth bites. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Enough about avocados. And tomatoes. Let’s get cooking.


Italian Turkey Meatball Stir-Fry

by Katelyn Block

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: fry saute stir-fry paleo nut-free sugar-free low-sodium soy-free low-carb kosher high protein gluten-free

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • onion powder + garlic powder (alternatively, 1/4 onion and 1 clove garlic, sauteed)
  • sea salt
  • coconut oil


  1. Chop your tomatoes (and onion // garlic, if using), while heating your pan on medium-high heat. Add coconut oil to pan after a minute or so.
  2. When pan is hot, add tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until juices start to come out.
  3. Add your ground turkey, and chop up with your spatula while sauteeing.
  4. Stir pan every few minutes, and add garlic + onion powder with sea salt as the dish is almost finished cooking.
  5. Cook until almost all of the tomato juices have evaporated.
  6. Serve hot over vegetables with homemade tomato sauce, dressing, and/or avocado.
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While your pan is heating up, slice (and dice) your tomatoes. Try not to cut yourself. Use the safe road and curl your fingers under. It works.

Saute your tomatoes in coconut oil, then add your turkey and spices.

This would also work (and taste great!) with any other ground meat.

Munch on snacks. It smells too good.

Then prepare…

And eat.

What did you eat for lunch today?
Favorite make-ahead dishes?
What are your favorite flavors? (Italian, Asian-inspired) 

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Kayla August 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

My new LOVE is turkey meatloaf! It is super delicious!


[email protected] August 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I’m an avocado lover too! This looks easy and very yummy!


Kierston August 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Looks absolutely delicious!

Lean Ground Turkey is yummmers!


Miranda @ Biting Life August 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Mmmm, fresh tomatoes and avocados! Those are my favorites :)


Talia @ Bite Size Wellness August 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

UM YUM! I would have never thought to stir-fry me some meatballs. Fab idea.
As a side note…I am OBSESSED with your nails. Did you do that yourself? :)


Jody - Fit at 54 August 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

DELISH is right!!!!


Caroline August 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Looks delicious! I love avocado!


Rachel August 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I can eat an avocado plain straight out of the shell – SOO good!! this recipe looks delish – simple and easy. And beautiful photography I may add.


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness August 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

This looks so good Katelyn! I will definitely be trying it! I love avocado too! It’s so perfect with pretty much anything!


Staci August 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Hey, just giving you heads up…. you should probably update your “Philosophy” page, specifically number 7, if you’re going to eat animals.


Katelyn Block August 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Thanks! Will do.


Elle August 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Wow! This look sooooo good. Mouth is watering!


Libby August 3, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Ooooh it looks so yummy and healthy! Goooood.


Lea August 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I absolutely love the farmers market. I’ve totally contemplated bringing a pillow and blanket and living among the produce stands =)


Calee (@chimes) August 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Such a great idea! PS I love your nails. :)


Lisa August 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I need these in my life. Right.Now.


Jay August 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

1) Organic and free range meat means nothing about the actual quality or welfare of the animal you are eating. It seems like you used to realize this, given your personal philosophy page, where you emphatically endorse compassion for animals. Please read the attached article–you can find many more like it: http://www.animalwelfareapproved.org/2009/08/29/tainted-beef-is-organic-just-as-dangerous-as-feedlot-3/
2) You mentioned the farmer’s market. It is tomato season. Why did yours come in a plastic bag with a bar code?
3) You. Are. Not. Broke. How wonderful for you that you don’t want waitress for the rest of your life and that you can CHOOSE to quit your job without economic repercussions. People in downtown Detroit LOVE taking a bus to work at McDonald’s in the suburbs! Look, obviously your quality of life doesn’t require you to have a job to begin with. Life goes on very comfortably for you. You eat fresh foods, do cross fit, eat out, buy clothes and shoes, go on vacations…and you can do all this without fear of NEEDING your job. Stop pretending! #RECKANIZE #YOUAINTBROKE (Are we speaking your language now?)
4) Wow, I hope you don’t gain 15 pounds from eating TOO MANY AVOCADO HALVES ON SPINACH.
5) Onion powder? Did you buy ANY fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market? Did you even GO?
6) Congrats on turning 16.


Shannon August 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I would make something like this, but with vegan “meat” crumbles or the like. Sounds good! I too do my best to buy organics when at all possible, but sometimes, you just can’t. I keep in mind certain vegs/fruits that “must” be organic, and if I can’t buy them organic, I will go frozen or not buy. It’s definitely hard sometimes when the prices go up.


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