Turkey Meatballs with Buttery Chard

This is a great meal to balance your protein (from turkey) with vitamins and minerals from nutrient-dense chard.

Turkey provides heaps of protein along with B vitamins, copper, iron, selenium and zinc while the chard and some bulk and vitamins A, C and K1 with a range of minerals while some garlic and butter round out the flavour and texture profile.  


One serve provides 700 calories, 56 g protein, 47 g fat, 11 g of net carbs and P:E = 1.0.


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  • 200 g ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 20 g parsley, finely chopped
  • A sprinkle of salt and pepper (optional)
  • Scant amount preferred fat for frying
  • 40 g white onion, diced
  • 200 g chard, cut
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • In a mixing bowl place the turkey, garlic turmeric, parsley, salt and pepper if using. 
  • Heat a frying pan to medium heat. Add a scant amount of fat and sauté onion until soft. Turn off heat and add the onion to the turkey. No need to wash the pan.
  • Once the onion has cooled a bit, use your hands to roll the turkey into 4x 50g meatballs.
  • Heat the frying pan again and add the meatballs, turning regularly to brown all sides. Remove the meatballs and set aside. 
  • Add the butter to the same hot pan, and immediately add the chard, toss till wilted 1 minute or so. 
  • Plate up the buttery chard with the meatballs on top. 
  • Note: Turkey meatballs should be thoroughly cooked before eating.

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