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Turkey Meatball Lunchbox

Makes 5-6 mini meatballs. This recipe gives measurements to make one serving in the morning for time purposes. Divide one pound of the turkey into four servings, and freeze the other three for future lunches. . The quantity of the other lunchbox ingredients depends on the size of your lunchbox, and the amount your child will eat. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kids lunch ideas
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Busy Little Chefs - Dyana


  • 1/4 pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kale or spinach (chopped into very small pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water (added to pan)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (added to pan)

Other Lunchbox Ingredients

  • cheese tortellini
  • steamed green beans
  • cantaloupe (used a melon baller to make them round)
  • blueberries
  • mini chocolate chip cookies


  • In a small bowl add the ground turkey, and all ingredients. 
  • Mix the ingredients together with your hands, or if you prefer use a fork or use gloves. (If you do mix with your hands, have a small bowl of water to dip your hands in so the turkey won't stick to your hands. Do this to roll the meatballs as well)
  • Heat a small or medium saucepan over medium heat, and add a little water to the pan. As soon as the water starts to bubble, add the meatballs. This lightly steams them, and not fry. 
  • Cook for 3 minutes, and move the pan so they cook on the other sides for another 3 minutes, then do again. 
  • This is a good time to cook the cheese tortellini according to the package instructions. This way the meatballs, and tortellini will be done about the same time.
  • Now add the olive oil to the meatballs and cook for another 2 minutes, so they brown.
  • Remove from the hot pan, and let rest for a minute. Then add all the ingredients into the lunchbox.