When I created this website five years ago, I already knew how challenging it could be to try and get a meal on the table for the family. I was a work from home mom with two kids and now I’m a working mom commuting every single day from NYC to NJ. In fact, the whole reason I started this blog was to encourage and inspire parents with easy, realistic recipes. No guilt. I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of the family meal but this doesn’t mean I never do takeout or always have a hot meal prepared for my family (see one of my most recent post on take-out pizza on Instagram!). The truth is, more often than not, I’m struggling and scrambling just like you. Hot mess might be the term you’d use if you saw me. Let’s be honest, whether you work outside of the home with a long commute to and from work or inside the home with all of the challeneges that come from being a stay at home parent, mealtime after you have kids is rough.On any good night I have about 15 minutes to get a meal on the table. That’s it!
You too, right?
Honestly, that 15 minutes might as well be 15 hours with all the winning and complaining “We’re hungry!!” going on in the background. I’m kinda tired of people telling me to meal prep in order to avoid these issues because, even though I manage to meal prep some weekends, it does’t always work out that way. More often than not, I’m making something on the spot so whatever I attempt on a weeknight has to be fast. Shortcuts are a must for busy weeknights that’s how recipes, like my Spicy Turkey Salsa Meatballs are born. I was staring at a jar of salsa and some ground turkey, et voila! Salsa is a great shortcut ingredient to add a ton of flavor to many dishes and there are many really healthy ones in the market these days. No chopping up peppers, onions or garlic, simply mix some into your ground meat and you are good to go.
This recipe is totally customizable. Swap in ground chicken or beef for the turkey. If you don’t feel like rolling meatballs, press this mixture into a greased loaf pan, top with some cheddar cheese and you have yourself one slamming’ Mexican Meatloaf. Don’t like spicy? Mild salsa or fruit salsa like mango would also work really well with the turkey or chicken meat as an alternative. Serve these on a roll, over pasta or with rice and some veggies and you have yourself an easy and healthy weeknight meal.
Spicy Turkey Salsa Meatballs
Makes 15 meatballs
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I like seasoned breadcrumbs)
3/4 cup salsa (any kind you like)
1 large egg
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients using your hands. Roll approximately 1 1/2 tbsp of mixture into meatballs and place onto prepare baking sheet.
3. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with extra salsa if desired.