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Turkey Meatballs

photo 3| By Samantha Gladish |

Simple, fast and full of healthy protein, meatballs are a perfect weeknight meal. The best part is, you get leftovers! I highly recommend spending the extra money on good quality antibiotic and hormone free turkey, as well as sourcing out a good quality organic parmigiano reggiano. This will make all the difference! For best result, you could even make your own homemade almond milk. Trust me, it’s easier than you think. Learn how to make it right here: How to make your own almond milk.  Just be sure to set aside 3/4 cup of almond milk before flavouring it. Enjoy!




  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or gluten free bread crumbs such as Mary’s Crackers
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1/3 cup -1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (purchase organic and really go for the good quality!)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 lbs organic ground turkey thigh




  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl combine breadcrumbs with almond milk. Let sit for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in egg, parmesan, parsley, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Give everything a quick mix.
  4. Then add in turkey and combine. Do not over mix.
  5. You obviously want to combine the turkey well with all the other ingredients, but over combining will lead to less tender meatballs.
  6. Roll meatballs into preferred sized. I made mine rather large and made about 16 meatballs.
  7. Cook at 350 for 30-35 minutes.



CoachSamSamantha Gladish


Samantha Gladish, RHN, ROHP, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and proceeded to focus her studies in the field of Holistic Nutrition. After receiving a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009, Samantha acquired membership in the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants, earning her the designation of Registered Orthomolecular Healthcare Practitioner.


Since graduation, Samantha has demonstrated ongoing professional development through continuing education programs in Naturopathic and Orthomolecular medicine. Samantha’s comprehension of complementary and alternative medical treatments is evident in the success of her holistic practice. Samantha is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor.


In the kitchen, Samantha transcends the disconnection between modern cuisine and the traditional preparation of whole, organic, live foods. Samantha’s culinary skills are surpassed only by her genuine enthusiasm for education and her practical application of nutrition in the prevention of modern disease. You can visit her on her website at www.holisticwellness.ca and follow her on Twitter @IMHolistic


About the Author:

Strong Athlete was founded in 2011 by Strength & Conditioning Experts PK Mills and Gaétan Boutin. With over 40+ years of combined experience in sports nutrition, athletics, and fitness, the Strong Athlete team is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their maximum potential through a holistic approach to training, nutrition, and mindset.