When I need a budget friendly (as well as healthy) recipe, I always turn to my turkey lemongrass meatballs. I love this recipe! It was originally influenced by a Donna Hay recipe for turkey patties; but, has evolved over the years into a more flavorful meatball. Come to think of it .. I cannot believe I have not shared it with you sooner.
I prefer to use organic/cage free ground turkey thighs, but if you are not a dark meat kind of foodie, feel free to use ground turkey breast. Why do I like the darker meat? More flavor, juicer and easier on the wallet, while still being healthy. Organic/cage-free? Yes, I prefer going this route as the meats are less fatty and have more flavor, not to mention being better for you. Normally, not too much of a price difference. I think the splurge is a healthy choice.
I load up on seasonings for this recipe from minced garlic and lemongrass to Fresno chilies and sweet basil. While the meatballs are browning, the aromas that fill your kitchen will be teasing your anxiously waiting dinner guests. Smells like you have jumped a plane to somewhere exotic.
The other trick to making an even moister meatball, is by lightly braising the just browned meatballs in some water or wine, right before serving. It is a great way to deglaze all the good stuff off of the bottom of the pan, and to make the meatballs ultra moist.
I like to serve this dish with quickly cooked soba noodles that have been drenched in a little sesame oil and sriracha and some lightly blanched snow peas. If, soba noodles are not your thing, the meatballs are great served with a big bowl of brown steamed rice and broccoli.
Complete (healthy) dinner for 4 people for $13.85 total (included soba noodles and snow peas). Now that is budget friendly.
What is a favorite “meaty” meal that is budget friendly as well as healthy, that you like to make?
Denise Woodward believes anything can be made at home as long as you have a little patience, and time. All of her recipes are made using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on Eat Boutique, the Mushroom Channel, Saveur.com, Foodies of the World, PBS and Fine Cooking.
Denise also creates the recipes on the popular food blog Chez Us. Saveur has featured Chez Us as one of 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading as well as one of the Sites They Love. Be sure to read more about what they are cooking up over at Chez Us.