As your freezer is now most likely fully stocked with your family’s favorite proteins, why not spice things up (literally) and prepare our CK Smokey Chipotle Apple Turkey Meatballs to grab the next time you crave a housebound pasta party? These meatballs are delicious tossed with pasta and pesto (pesto is a great freezer staple, too) or drizzled with a little honey mustard sauce (recipe for that coming soon, too). Fresh, smokey, satisfying and healthy, this may be your new favorite make-at-home, meal-prep recipe.

CK Smokey Chipotle & Apple Turkey Meatballs
(inspired by The Sprouted Kitchen)

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 apple, peeled, cored and grated with a coarse grater blade
1 pound ground turkey
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon Chipotle Paprika spice blend (available at specialty markets)
1/2 teaspoon local sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

1. Combine ground turkey, grated apple, tomato paste, onion powder, minced garlic, Chipotle Paprika, dried parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl and form into 1 1/2 inch balls.

2. Place meatballs on non-stick baking sheet (or on top of parchment paper), spacing about an inch apart.

3. Drizzle meatballs with olive oil and bake until fully cooked throughout, about 15 minutes.

4. Remove and let cool completely (if freezing) or enjoy immediately.